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It was 2008 and I was living in London when I was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. After the debut, I decided to return to Barcelona to face the situation closer to my family.
The beginnings were difficult. I could not understand why, being already in the 21st century, I had to report my diabetes with a paper book, writing down values manually, always eating the same to avoid taking risks, and making critical decisions without help or knowledge.
The use of smartphones was very common and I wondered if it would be easier to collect all my data with some technology.
I started programming an app for my personal use, in order to achieve more autonomy and eat freely but safely. I dreamed of having my doctor in my pocket!
First results were incredible: since my HbA1c decreased to values close to those of a person without diabetes, I started sharing my program with other patients and doctors and it was positively welcomed.
Then, María Jesús encouraged me to create SocialDiabetes, a company where this personal project could become a global solution, develop a comprehensive platform for diabetes management, and bring the benefits of technology to all people with diabetes.
In SocialDiabetes, our goal from the very beginning has been making profit of technology to give everyone the necessary knowledge to be empowered an take control of their diabetes.
If you have been recently diagnosed with diabetes, you are not alone. Nowadays, there are more than 400 million people around the world who has it: celebrities, Olympic athletes, rich and poor, people who stay fit and people who don't. Diabetes does not care who you know, where you live, what religion you are, or even your favorite football team.
So ... Probably there is someone out there who feels the same as you. Join us. We are hoping to create a great network in the future and help each other.
We are patients working for patients, disconnected from any industry. We are a digital health platform dedicated to transform diabetes management. With your help, we know we will succeed. "
Víctor Bautista , Founder of SocialDiabetes. Diabetes T1 since 2008
First Android version in Google Play.
Constitution of the company and a basic team
Winner WSA Mobile Award, UNESCO (Abu Dhabi)
First round of investment (FFF) €150,000
Collaboration agreement with MiceLAB - Universitat de Girona
Winner Mobile Premier Award - Mobile World Congress (Barcelona)
The Medical Advisory Team is constituted
First contract with the pharmaceutical industry - SANOFI Spain
Start of the commercial collaboration with Menarini Diagnostics
Selected to participate in the Digital Diabetes Coach IoT Test-bed - NHS UK
Collaboration contract with the Children's Hospital Sant Joan de Deu to implement SocialDiabetes - Barcelona
Support from the European Commission with an investment of €1.6 million
Selected to participate in an educational project of the Government of Scotland, in collaboration with Oxford University
Diabetes is non-transferable but it has a social impact. Its consequences also affect family, friends and people from the immediate environment.
Therefore, in SocialDiabetes we have this following principles:
Professor of the Department of Medicine of the University of Barcelona and Director of the Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBAPS). Director of the Clinical Foundation for Biomedical Research. Scientific Director of the Center for Biomedical Research in the Diabetes and Associated Metabolic Diseases Network (CIBERDEM) of the Carlos III Health Institute of the Ministry of Science and Innovation of Spain.
Professor of the Department of Medicine at Columbia University (New York) and Head of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Nutrition at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Director of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center. Former President of the American Diabetes Association.