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Eli Lilly inks $63m deal with Sigilon to develop encapsulated cell therapies for diabetes

In patients who suffer from Type I diabetes, pancreatic beta cells are killed off by the immune system. Lilly and Sigilon plan to encapsulate induced pluripotent stem cells that are engineered into insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells. Ultimately, the companies hope, these products can restore a person’s insulin production without alarming their immune system.