Drucker, a Scientist and Endocrinologist from the University of Toronto wondered how a lizard’s venom can be used for treating diabetes?
In 1995, after learning that a venom’s hormones could regulate the amount of sugar in the body, Drucker bought a Gila Monster lizard to his laboratory from Utah. He started the experiments on the deadly lizard. After ten years, the synthetic hormone of Gila became the first medicine of its kind to be approved for treating patients of Type-2 diabetes.
In June 2021, after doctors noticed that the drug also helped people in losing weight, it was approved by Food and Drug Administration for treating obesity. The drug was named Semaglutide and marketed as Wegovy.