From October to March, innovators across academia and industry collaborated to develop component and integrated prototype solutions that enable and advance the functionality, effectiveness, and/or reliability of artificial kidneys. The 38 submissions focused on areas ranging from wearable and miniaturized technologies to regenerative and xenotransplant solutions.

Entrants drew from Canada, Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, United Kingdom, and the United States. Over half had never participated in a KidneyX competition before.

Multidisciplinary reviewer and judging panels — representing patients and nephrologists, as well as experts a wide variety of technical domains — will evaluate eligible Phase 1 submissions against the evaluation criteria. The challenge expects to announce up to eight Phase 1 winners in late summer 2021.

Hear from the KidneyX team on Healthcare IT News’ HIMSSCast

KidneyX’s Dr. John Sedor and Dr. Prabir Roy-Chaudhury recently sat down with HIMSSCast’s Jonah Comstock and Healthcare IT News’ Kat Jercich to discuss how the public-private partnership is advancing innovation in the kidney space.

“Kidney disease, particularly kidney failure, is a learning laboratory that needs to be addressed in an urgent manner. It highlights a lot of the issues with healthcare overall — misaligned incentives, how do you deliver care, how do you improve care management and peoples’ quality of life, and how do you learn what people really want.”
John Sedor, M.D., Cleveland Clinic; ASN Fellow and KidneyX Steering Committee Chair

“Innovations are not just about new fancy devices. If you want to dialyze people at home, we have to make sure that we have the ability to train and educate and monitor.”
Prabir Roy-Chaudhury, M.D., Ph.D, University of North Carolina; ASN Fellow and ASN Council Liaison

Listen to the full interview.

Explore collaboration opportunities for future KidneyX participation

Success in the multiphase Artificial Kidney Prize and future prize competitions will require a breadth of expertise due to the complex nature of kidneys. KidneyX encourages solvers to explore collaborating with each other or expanding existing teams by joining the solver community. Updates will be sent monthly during the Phase 1 judging process.

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