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Peter Hosking - Living Cell Technologies

The production process for the DIABECELL® product starts, of course, with the removal of the pancreas from the neonatal piglets. Once that’s been accomplished, the pancreas is taken through into our clean room facility, and there we have very sterile conditions, and what we do there is we take the pancreas and we treat it with enzymes. And the enzymes isolate the islets of Langerhans from the exocrine tissue. There’s a number of other steps involved, which are washing, centrifuging, separation, these sorts of things, but essentially what we’re doing in that first stage of the process is separating those islets from the rest of the pancreatic tissue.