A century of innovation in diabetes care

Before the discovery of insulin, diabetes was a fatal condition.

In 1921, at the University of Toronto, Sir Frederick G. Banting, Charles Best, and John Macleod discovered the molecule of insulin. On 11 January 1922 Leonard Thompson, a 14-year-old boy living with diabetes, became the first person to receive an injection of insulin.

Insulin has since saved millions of lives, representing one of the greatest medical achievements of all time, but more remains to be done.

Learn more about the discovery of insulin’s full story

We thank our strategic partners for their support of IDF Europe priority activities.

Boehringer Ingelheim

Special thanks to Lilly Diabetes and Novo Nordisk for their additional support of the IDF Europe Centenary of Insulin Campaign.

Lilly diabetes
Novo Nordisk