The KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize brought together innovators from around the world, including Canada, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States. The final submissions ranged from miniaturized technologies and filtration solutions to approaches for xenotransplantation and regenerative medicine. Our judges drew upon their unique experiences as patients, medical experts, and innovators to recommend the six winners below.

Development of a Dialysate-Free Waterless Portable and Implantable Artificial Kidney

Development of a Dialysate-Free Waterless Portable and Implantable Artificial Kidney

US Kidney Research Corporation

Wearable artificial kidney that does not need water to conduct filtration, drastically reducing the weight of the device.

Genetically-engineered pig kidney xenotransplantation

Genetically-engineered pig kidney xenotransplantation

David Cooper, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Genetically engineered pig kidneys that will reduce rejection possibility while providing more viable donor kidneys.

iBAK - Implantable Bio-Artificial Kidney for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

iBAK - Implantable Bio-Artificial Kidney for Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

University of California San Francisco.

Implantable bioartificial kidney that allows for continuous blood processing and direction of waste to the bladder while providing freedom of movement.

MI-TRAM: Smart Module for Implantable, Wearable, Portable or Bed-side Artificial Kidneys

MI-TRAM: Smart Module for Implantable, Wearable, Portable or Bed-side Artificial Kidneys

imec USA Nanoelectronics Design Center

Miniature, wireless toxin-removal system for implantable, wearable, portable, or bedside artificial kidneys.

The Wearable AKTIV: Artificial Kidney to Improve Vitality

The Wearable AKTIV: Artificial Kidney to Improve Vitality

University of Washington Center for Dialysis Innovation

Wearable continuous-hemodialysis device that allows for greater freedom of movement.

Xenotransplantation: A treatment for Kidney Failure

Xenotransplantation: A treatment for Kidney Failure

Makana Therapeutics

Genetically engineered pig kidneys that will increase the supply of transplantable organs by eliminating the antibody barrier to xenotransplantation.

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