Welcome to ViaCyte's JDRF One Walk team page! The steps our team members take on Walk day will support JDRF's highest priority, which is funding research to deliver a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research, and money raised by our JDRF Walk team will support these costly scientific activities.
As we walk on behalf of JDRF, ViaCyte is also making strides to transform the lives of people living with diabetes. ViaCyte's primary goal is to develop a product the frees people with type 1 diabetes from long-term insulin-dependence. We are currently investigating our VC-01™ product candidate in a clinical trial in the U.S. and Canada. ViaCyte shares JDRF's focus on developing better treatments that will help people with T1D live healthier lives now and in the future.
ViaCyte and JDRF have maintained a productive alliance for over a decade. ViaCyte was awarded its first research grant from JDRF in 2004. In 2009, JDRF recognized the company for its advances in diabetes research when it named ViaCyte as its Corporate Honoree at the JDRF Promise Ball. We entered into a Research, Development, and Commercialization Agreement in 2011, under which JDRF provided $3 million towards development of the VC-01™ drug product candidate for the treatment of type 1 diabetes. In 2013, JDRF provided additional funding alongside the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to support continued development of ViaCyte's novel stem cell therapy, with each group contributing $3 million. Recently, JDRF committed to milestone-based funding of up to an additional $7 million that has helped ensure rapid transition into our clinical phase of development. Finally, at the beginning of 2015, JDRF presented the ViaCyte team with the David Rumbough Award for Scientific Excellence recognizing the company for its innovative work.
This recognition and the growing momentum of our research and development could not have been possible without the support of our talented team and members of our community. We sincerely hope that you will join us to make a difference in the lives of millions of people affected by diabetes. On Walk day, we'll celebrate how much closer we are to a cure, thanks to our community of coworkers, friends, and families.
As our team members are diligently pursuing their fundraising, please consider supporting Team ViaCyte by making a donation or joining our team. To make a team donation, click on the "Donate to this Team" button on this page. To donate your gift to a particular team member, click on the "Donate" button next to his or her name. Finally, to join our team, click the "Join this Team" link on this page.
Thank you. Together, we can turn Type One into Type None!
Your donation will count towards the team's fundraising total. In addition, please give credit to the person that asked for your support to recognize them for their efforts in creating a world without type 1 diabetes (T1D).