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The Inception of Glytec

Like many great innovations, Glytec was born from the combination of two very different realms of expertise.

Robby Booth was a software developer in 2005 when he was introduced to Dr. Bruce Bode, a diabetologist renowned for his pioneering work in glucose sensing and insulin delivery. Bode’s early work made advancements through the “paper-protocol” that he published, and generously shared with the world for free, making it widely used by hospitals and current software competitors. These efforts continue to shape the landscape of diabetes care, extending far beyond his family’s 100-year legacy.

But in terms of clinical sophistication and outcomes, the “paper protocol” was a small step.  Recognizing the enormity of the opportunity before them, Booth and Bode created Glytec to take a giant leap forward. Their collaboration, enriched by years of dedicated research and immersive study in Dr. Bode’s diabetes clinic, led to the development of the first FDA-cleared software and algorithms for glucose management in 2006. This seminal innovation, since improved and validated by over 100 patents and over 100 publications, offers a more sophisticated, safe, and effective solution tailored for the needs of modern healthcare.

This groundbreaking achievement has not only impacted millions of lives and saved billions in healthcare costs but also revolutionized a critical care area affecting 40% of hospital patients and the top three medication related events occurring in hospitals nationwide, significantly enhancing the outcomes produced by nurses and healthcare providers.

Glytec continues to serve as leading advocates for patient safety and healthcare modernization, most recently supporting the CMS proposed rule reform and enhanced diabetes management which states that Glycemic (Hyper and Hypo) measures are mandatory beginning in 2026.  Our goal is simple: that every hospital has the tools to achieve diabetes excellence in their hospitals that has been validated by FDA. While there is still work to be done, we are proud to be at the forefront of advancing glucose and diabetes care beyond the outdated protocols of the past, and we invite you to be part of this exciting mission to transform diabetes technology and care.

Glytec’s Innovations in Diabetes and Insulin Management

Consumer Product Manufacturing

  • 1989: American Diabetes Association introduces the Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes.
  • 1978: City of Hope develops the first synthetic human insulin.
  • 1976: First insulin infusion pumps (Mill Hill Infuser) invented.
  • 1970: Ames Reflectance Meter, the first glucose meter, is introduced.
  • 1964: Ames develops the first blood glucose test strip, Dextrostix.
  • 1955: First oral diabetes medication (sulfonylureas) introduced.
  • 1949: Becton Dickinson produces standardized insulin syringes.

Early Developments

  • 1923: Eli Lilly and Nordisk begin commercial insulin production.
  • 1922: First successful human insulin injection on Leonard Thompson.
  • 1921: Banting and Best extract insulin from a dog’s pancreas, lowering diabetic dogs’ blood sugar.
  • 1910: Sharpey-Shafer identifies insulin as missing from diabetic pancreas.


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