Petit Family Foundation awards grant to support DRI’s groundbreaking DRI BioHub

To honor the memories of his family, Dr. Petit asks everyone to “help a neighbor, fight for a cause, and love your family” to make the world a little bit better place to live.

(October 7, 2014) – The Diabetes Research Institute (DRI) Foundation has recently been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation to advance the development of the DRI BioHub, a bioengineered mini organ that mimics the native pancreas. The DRI BioHub contains thousands of insulin-producing cells that sense blood sugar levels and release the precise amount of insulin needed—in real time.

“I believe our mission of finding a cure for diabetes embodies the same values held dear by the Petit Family Foundation, and that’s why we are particularly honored to receive such a generous and meaningful gift,” stated Joshua W. Rednik, president and CEO of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation.

The components that comprise the BioHub are in various stages of development and testing with pre-clinical trials currently underway. Recently, the DRI received FDA approval to proceed with a Phase I/II clinical trial that will test the omentum—an apron-like lining inside the abdomen—as a possible transplant site in the body for the DRI BioHub.

The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is the organization of choice for those who are serious, passionate and committed to curing diabetes. Its mission—to provide the Diabetes Research Institute with the funding necessary to cure diabetes now—is a testament to the belief that tomorrow is not soon enough to cure those living with diabetes. 

The Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine leads the world in cure-focused research. As the largest and most comprehensive research center dedicated to curing diabetes, the DRI is aggressively working to develop a biological cure by restoring natural insulin production and normalizing blood sugar levels without imposing other risks. The Institute is now developing the DRI BioHub, an integrated “mini organ” that mimics the native pancreas and restores natural insulin production. Created for one reason – to cure diabetes, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, please visit or call (800) 321-3437.

The Petit Family Foundation of Plainville, CT, honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation’s funds are given to foster the education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illnesses; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence.


Melissa Pena

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