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  Back to 2004 Conference Report Friends for Life 2004 Sponsors

A very special thanks to our generous sponsors who made "Friends for Life 2004" possible.

Platinum Foundation Level Sponsor

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Abbott Diabetes Care develops, manufactures and sells easy to use blood glucose monitoring systems that dramatically reduce the pain of testing for people with diabetes. Abbott Diabetes Care has developed the FreeStyle® Blood Glucose Monitoring System, FreeStyle TrackerTM Diabetes Management System, and has just introduced the FreeStyle FlashTM system, which includes the world's smallest glucose meter. FreeStyle blood glucose monitoring products are based on breakthrough coulometric measurement technology that measures glucose from a tiny sample of blood, just 3/10th of a microliter. The new FreeStyle Flash meter includes a fast test time of about 7 seconds, a backlit panel display, a lighted test strip port for easy testing at night or in other dark conditions, and four customizable daily alarms. In addition, Abbott Diabetes Care also offers the FreeStyle CoPilotTM Web-Based Data Management System (www.freestylecopilot.com) that enables people with diabetes and their health care providers to analyze and communicate glucose information using the Internet. Abbott Diabetes Care is pleased to be the Platinum Sponsor for the Children with Diabetes Foundation Fundraiser at Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park on Saturday, July 17.



Platinum Level Sponsors

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LifeScan has been committed to improving the qualify of life for people with diabetes since 1981, revolutionizing home blood glucose testing with the introduction of the ONE TOUCH® System in 1987. Always an innovator in self-monitoring, LifeScan launched the ONE TOUCH Ultra® blood glucose meter to make testing easier and less painful. LifeScan, an early sponsor of Children With Diabetes, is proud to present Thursday evening's Family and Friends Banquet, and to sponsor several VIP sessions throughout the conference.



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Novo Nordisk is dedicated to improving the lives of individuals with diabetes. For nearly 80 years, the company has combined drug discovery with state-of-the-art technology to develop leading edge products for people with diabetes. Novo Nordisk was the first to develop longer-acting NPH insulin, purified insulin, and premixed human insulin. Novo Nordisk also designed the first durable and disposable insulin pen devices and the first dial-a-dose insulin delivery system. Novo Nordisk continues to introduce innovative products to enhance the lives of those with diabetes. Novo Nordisk is proud to be a Platinum Level Sponsor of the Friends for Life conference, co-sponsoring the Family and Friends Banquet, as well as Thursday morning's Fun Run for Kids and Breakfast.



Gold Level Sponsors

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Animas is pleased to support childcare for this conference, and to provide a staff of certified diabetes educators to assist with diabetes questions and concerns during the childcare and family events. Animas' state-of-the-art insulin pump and ezSet infusion system provide the highest level of safety, performance, and convenience. Our extensive customized education program and ezManager software are designed to help our patients successfully manage their diabetes. A long-term implantable glucose sensor with no percutaneous wires is under development. Animas is pleased to be a Gold Level Sponsor of Friends for Life: Los Angeles 2004!

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Aventis Pharmaceuticals, maker of Lantus, is pleased to be the Gold Level Sponsor of the Wednesday evening Grand Opening Reception. Please join us in the Exhibit Hall!



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Roche Diagnostics, maker of Accu-Chek® products, is the world's leading producer of diagnostic systems. As a global leader in diabetes care products, we are proud that Accu-Chek products are trusted by millions of people worldwide. There is an Accu-Chek blood glucose meter for every need and all Accu-Chek products are accurate, convenient, and easy to use. In addition, our 24-hour Accu-Chek Customer CareSM center is available to answer your questions and provide technical support for all Accu-Chek products. To learn more about Accu-Chek products, visit our website at www.accu-chek.com. You can count on Accu-Chek to make living with diabetes a little easier. The maker of Accu-Chek products is proud to sponsor Thursday's luncheon featuring Michael Hunter and Flight for Diabetes.



Silver Level Sponsors



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Diabetes Research Institute (www.drinet.org) is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Pioneering new technologies in islet cell transplantation since the early 1970's, the DRI has successfully reversed diabetes in patients involved in ongoing clinical trials. To build on these achievements and accelerate progress, the Institute serves as a global resource and training center for investigators working in islet cell research. The most comprehensive diabetes research facility of its kind, the DRI conducts a broad range of scientific programs focused on the rapidly evolving fields of gene therapy, pancreatic stem cell development, molecular biology and transplant immunology, among others, to speed the most promising findings from the lab to the patient. With an unwavering commitment to cure those now living with diabetes, along with its unique spirit of collaboration and fast track approach to research, the DRI is leading the international effort to cure this disease. For the millions of families affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the DRI is the best hope for a cure. DRI is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor for Friends For Life: Los Angeles 2004.



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With a long heritage of breaking new ground in ambulatory infusion pumps, Smiths Medical MD, Inc. brings nearly two decades of experience to bear on the new Deltec Cozmo® insulin pump. We have applied to diabetes treatment the same therapy-based approach that has improved the lives of millions of patients. We have sold over 150,000 pumps worldwide. We enjoy a strong position in the hospital market. And we are the market leader in pumps for home health care. Our reputation for customer service and product support is unsurpassed, and clinical expertise is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Behind every Deltec Cozmo® insulin pump are the resources of the Medical Division of Smiths Group plc, which is a multi-billion dollar corporation. Smiths' innovative approach has brought it to world leadership not only in medical systems but in advanced aerospace electronics and specialized industrial equipment as well. Smiths Medical MD, Inc. is pleased to be a Silver Level Sponsor.



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Medtronic MiniMed As a world leader in insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring, Medtronic MiniMed's mission is advancing solutions for the treatment of diabetes. To our customers, this means we are committed to the creation and optimization of the innovative products and services they need to control their diabetes, primarily the development of an artificial pancreas. Good glucose control can delay the onset of diabetes-related complications by an average of 15 years, extend lives by up to five years, and significantly reduce the tremendous burden of diabetes. And Medtronic MiniMed's insulin pumps allow for the tightest control possible, allowing patients to live more normal, healthier lives. Medtronic MiniMed is a proud sponsor of the Children with Diabetes Friends for Life conference.





Bronze Level Sponsors

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Unomedical a/s develops and manufactures sterile single-use medical products, and was formerly known as Maersk Medical. The core business of our Infusion Devices Unit is the development and production of infusion sets for insulin pump treatment, and we have researched and developed infusion sets since the early 1980's. Since the launch of our first infusion sets in 1986, Unomedical has become the world's leading supplier of infusion sets for insulin pump treatment. The first soft cannula infusion set with an at-site disconnection feature, the Comfort infusion set, was designed by Unomedical. Unomedical's broad range of infusion sets gives insulin pump users the chance to choose a high quality and comfortable infusion set that best suits their individual needs. To learn more about Unomedical and our infusion sets, please visit our website at www.infusion-set.com. Unomedical is proud to be a Bronze Level Sponsor of Thursday evening's Teen Dance at Friends for Life 2004, and we look forward to seeing you there.



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Ferndale Laboratories joins Friends for Life this year as a new sponsor. Ferndale produces, among other things, the new numbing agent LMX4, which is so helpful in making infusion set changes absolutely painless. Their sponsorship this year supports the luncheon on Friday, featuring a performance by The Pump Girls!



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The American Diabetes Association is pleased to be a Bronze Level sponsor of Friends for Life, supporting the advocacy and school sessions presented by Crystal Jackson.

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