At the January 12 webinar, leading experts provided solvers with an overview of fundamental kidney functions. They also discussed technical design considerations for components or systems that effectively replicate these functions. The speakers included:
- Daniel Gossett, Ph.D., Program Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
- Frank Hurst, M.D., Nephrology Medical Officer, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, U.S. Food and Drug Administration
Following the presentation, the KidneyX team answered questions from the audience. Review the presentation slides and read on for highlights from the live event. A summary of questions and answers will be added soon to the competition FAQ.
Understanding and responding to critical patient needs
The multidisciplinary judging panel will assess Phase 1 submissions based on the evaluation criteria, including the potential for the solution to improve quality of life and clinical outcomes for a broad spectrum of patients.
“There are many challenges that make the current treatments less than ideal. Dialysis only replaces a small percentage of kidney function and in many ways limits personal freedom due to the nature of the therapy. Five-year survival on dialysis is around 50%. Patients also report poor or inadequate quality of life. A transplant is probably the best option, but there are not enough organs to go around.”
— Frank Hurst, M.D.
Advancing innovation that could replicate kidney function
Phase 1 of the Artificial Kidney Prize seeks component or integrated prototype solutions that enable and advance the functionality, effectiveness, and/or reliability of artificial kidneys. The global competition asks entrants to submit demonstrated scientific and technical proofs of concept with detailed development plans.
“The solution doesn’t need to look like a kidney or even dialysis. Consider this a black box or a novel problem space. A completely novel means of managing electrolytes, fluids, and toxins may necessitate further complimentary innovations. New opportunities for better care may depend on integrated sensors and feedback loops, and solutions could even leverage functions from other organs.”
— Daniel Gossett, Ph.D.
Join the solver community to explore teaming opportunities
Success in the Artificial Kidney Prize will require a breadth of expertise, and KidneyX encourages entrants to consider collaborating with each other or expanding existing teams. Register for the solver community to connect with experts in miniaturization, regenerative technologies, patient experience, and more.