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HHS and the American Society of Nephrology Award KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the American Society of Nephrology have selected 15 winning teams for Phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition. Through a series of prize competitions offering cash awards and other incentives, KidneyX aims to accelerate the development of innovative medical products and approaches that can significantly improve the way we prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney diseases.

“Programs like KidneyX have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people and save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. I’m impressed with the ambitious solutions proposed by the winning teams, and grateful for the entrepreneurs working to reimagine dialysis,” said Ed Simcox, Chief Technology Officer at HHS. “Supporting innovation in this space is a critical step in helping people suffering from kidney diseases.”

Phase 1 challenged innovators across a wide range of fields to submit a short proposal on approaches that could enable the design of new artificial kidney devices, extending life and improving quality of life. Of the 165 submissions received, the submission topics ranged from innovations in vascular access and fluid filtration, to innovations in hemodialysis and biosensors. The submissions were scored by 40+ technical reviewers comprised of patients and multi-disciplinary experts from government, industry and academia. The top scoring submissions were then judged by a panel of nine experts in medicine, biomedical science and engineering, and commercialization. Fifteen winners were awarded monetary prizes of $75,000 each.

“The response to Phase 1 of the prize competition is proof positive of the strong eagerness for innovation and investment in new kidney care technologies and therapies,” said Dr. John Sedor, Chair of the KidneyX Steering Committee. “The winning proposals address a broad range of potential improvements to dialysis and highlight the fact that there is more work to be done to change the status quo. Millions of patients are waiting.”

Phase 2 of Redesign Dialysis will start accepting submissions in fall 2019 and is open to all, including Phase 1 winners. In Phase 2, innovators will be asked to develop and demonstrate functional and testable prototypes that can replicate some or all kidney functions. Up to three winners will be awarded $500,000 each.

The Phase 1 prize winners will be announced during the inaugural KidneyX Summit scheduled on April 29-30, 2019 at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C. Prize winners will present their solutions to an audience of industry leaders within government, mechanical and bioengineering, investment, and medical product development.

“Building an artificial kidney is going to be a highly collaborative process, and Redesign Dialysis is one step in building the community of innovators. We are excited with the initial response, which tells us we’re only scratching the surface so far,” said Dr. Sandeep Patel, HHS KidneyX Director.

For more information about the prize-winning solutions and future KidneyX prize competitions, please visit and follow @Kidney_X on Twitter.

Prize Winners

A non-invasive, wearable telehealth device to detect thrombosis and monitor vascular access health of arteriovenous fistulas and grafts in hemodialysis patients
University of Alabama

Air Removal System for a Wearable Renal Therapy Device
Qidni Labs, Inc.

Atomically Precise Membranes (APM) for High-Flux and Selective Removal of Blood Toxins
Temple University

Development of a Dialysate- and Cell-Free Renal Replacement Technology
University of California, LA

Development of an Automated Multimodal Sensor to Improve Patient Outcomes in Hemodialysis
Outset Medical, Inc.

Drug-Eluting Electrospun Hemodialysis Graft
Biosurfaces, Inc., Beth Israel Deaconess

Fluo Medical – Non-Invasive Venous Waveform Analysis (NIVA) for Volume Directed Kidney Failure Management
Stanford University

Improving intra-dialytic removal of protein-bound uremic toxin removal using binding competitors
Mount Sinai Renal Research Institute

Intracorporeal Ultrafiltration System & Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System
The Kidney Project

JEM™ – Sensor Enabled Hemodialysis
Access for Life, Inc.

New Kidney Grafts
Miromatrix Medical, Inc.

Nitric Oxide-Eluting, Disposable Hemodialysis Catheter Insert to Prevent Infection and Thrombosis
University of Michigan

Binnovate Digital Health BV

The Ambulatory Kidney to Improve Vitality (AKTIV) & Rethinking Dialysis Vascular Access
University of Washington, Center for Dialysis Innovation

Utilizing Optical Interrogation Methods for Early Diagnosis of Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Stanford University

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Author: HHS Press Office

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