KidneyX Innovation Accelerator Interview 1

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Kidney News interviewed Christian Schafmeister, PhD, Department of Chemistry, College of Science and Technology, Temple University, about his KidneyX Prize, “Atomically Precise Membranes for High-Flux and Selective Removal of Blood Toxins” during hemodialysis. Schafmeister presented the work for the Phase I Redesign Dialysis Prize at the inaugural KidneyX Summit in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2019.

You learned about the KidneyX Prize through a nontraditional route. Please describe it.

I was looking for applications where small, atomically precise membranes—a few hundred square centimeters—with very high selectivity and flux could be valuable. I was talking with a group developing a