uses pig islets to replace human islets that have been destroyed by type 1 diabetes.

The organs and biological systems of humans are surprisingly similar to those found in other animals.

For centuries, medicine has exploited these similarities to develop biological treatments for disease. 

Proteins from pigs in particular have been developed and used to great success.  Examples include heparin for blood thinning, Factor VI to treat haemophillia and of course, pig insulin to treat type I diabetes. 


At DOL we are using live pig cells to replace or regenerate human cell functions that have been lost during disease. The use of live animal cells and tissues in human medicines in this way is known as Xenotransplantation.