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The Wacky World of Diabetes - David Kliff EPISODE 5, 7th April 2021
Easing the Burden of Those Living with T1D with David Panzirer
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Easing the Burden of Those Living with T1D with David Panzirer

Having both his daughters diagnosed with T1D, David Panzirer decided it was his calling to spring into action and change the wacky world of diabetes for the better. David became a full-time trustee of Helmsley Charitable Trust, a trust that partners with grantees and funders that move the powers-at-be to improve the lives of others.

His goal is to intervene and impact the management process of this disease for those who live with it by working on the tools and care modules they use.

Let’s jump right into the episode and learn from David how he is easing the burden of those living with T1D.

[00:01 - 02:49] Opening Segment

  • I introduce David Pnazirer to the show
  • Helmsley Trust
  • David gives some background around his story
  • Oldest daughter (17) diagnosed with diabetes first
  • Became a trustee with Helmsley - $7B Trust
  • Second daughter diagnosed at age 14
  • David’s mission and work
  • Stop diabetes before you ever have autoimmunity 
  • Primary prevention 
  • Screening newborns for genetic risk
  • Drug discovery
  • Improving the lives of those with T1D

[02:50 - 13:44] Easing the Burden of Those Living with T1D

  • David talks about the optimistic outlook
  • The innovations in technology from years ago to now 
  • Reliable CGM 
  • Automated insulin delivery
  • Taking diabetes data and making it actionable
  • David talks about current frustrations 
  • Academic Silos in research
  • Wishing processes would go faster 
  • FDA needs to take the perspective of the patient
  • David’s stance on Human Involved System vs. Split model 
  • In the middle 
  • Autopilot is 90% but you can never have a human step out 
  • The role of social media in diabetes management 
  • A vocal minority vs. the silent majority 
  • Projecting the impact from 5 years today
  • 5 years ago would have been CGM’s
  • 5 years later will involve algorithm and automated systems
  • DreaMed
  • Things will only get better


[13:45 - 18:22] Closing Segment

  • David’s stance on a ‘good enough’ algorithm
  • Life happens 
  • Insulin companies beat up in the media
  • The fear of Insulin’s inability to innovate
  • David talks about his current space
  • Currently in the insulin space
  • How to reach out and support David
  • Always asking is this the best way to use every dollar?
  • Turning one dollar into five
  • Links below
  • Thank you and please share this 
  • Final Words 


Tweetable Quotes:

“I don’t know of another disease where the patient and caregiver are making dosing decisions with a drug that could kill them, they make those decisions 24/7, and if they get it right 60% of the time they’re doing amazing…” - David Panzirer

“People call it artificial intelligence or decisions report, I call it - take all my diabetes data and make it into something actionable.” - David Panzirer

“I do think as I tell my kids… what you do right now is the worst it’s ever going to be for you, and it’s only going to get better from here, and I wholeheartedly believe that.” - David Panzirer


Resources Mentioned: 


Connect with David on Twitter. Visit https://helmsleytrust.org/ to learn more about supporting the space that’s trying to impact the lives of others.


To know more, you can connect with me, David Kliff on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, or email me at dkliff@diabeticinvestor.com. Be sure to visit https://diabeticinvestor.com for more insights and real-time analyses on the evolving business of diabetes.

Don’t be shy, I’d love to hear from you! You can also reach me at 224-715-3761.

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