ViaCyte and “The Human Trial”: curing type 1 diabetes

ViaCyte, Inc.Paul-Laikind

ViaCyte is a private regenerative medicine company focused on developing a new cell replacement therapy for the treatment of diabetes. ViaCyte is conducting a Phase 1/2 clinical trial of the company's lead product candidate VC-01 in patients with type 1 diabetes who have a beta cell function that does not produce insulin or is minimal. The candidate for the product VC-01 is being developed as a possible long-term treatment for diabetes with the aim of not requiring immune suppression, and a reduced risk of hypoglycaemia and complications related to diabetes.

ViaCyte is headquartered in San Diego, California, with additional operations in Athens, Georgia. The company is funded in part by the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) and JDRF.

Paul K. Laikind, Ph.D. is President, CEO and Board Member of ViaCyte, Inc. He has more than 28 years of leadership experience in the biotechnology and life sciences industry in San Diego. Dr. Laikind has a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego.

Vox Pop FilmsLisa Hepner

The Human Trial is a feature-length documentary with unprecedented access in real time to one of the best laboratories in the United States: ViaCyte in San Diego. This innovative film follows the triumphs and failures of the team in the laboratory as they try to make a clinical history in a historical clinical trial in 2016.

The final goal of this film is to increase the public profile of type 1 diabetes and help the nation obtain new support, money and research to achieve a cure.
Vox Pop Films is a full service production company based in Los Angeles. Before forming Vox Pop Films in New York City in 2008, Principal Lisa Hepner and Director / DP Guy Mossman built careers as successful documentary filmmakers. Our film and commercial work has been internationally recognized from Sundance to Seoul.

Lisa Hepner currently directs Vox Pop Films with her partner, Guy Mossman. For the past 21 years, Lisa has produced a variety of movies and shows for Sony Pictures Classics, HBO, A & E, PBS, Lifetime, Discovery, MTV, TLC and CBC. In 2003, she directed Peace by Peace: Women on the Frontlines that marked her debut as a documentary director. Lisa has lived with type 1 diabetes for 25 years.

Video credits to Beyond Type 1 YouTube channel

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