ana Lewis didn’t like the sluggish pace at which health companies moved to improve medical technology that could help patients with diabetes.

The 29-year-old Alabama native, a former health care communications professional with Type 1 diabetes, thought the alarm on her continuous glucose monitor should be louder. So she took matters into her own hands. She and her husband poured their spare time into creating the Do-It-Yourself Pancreas System — an “artificial pancreas” that connects her monitor and insulin pump into an automated system.

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