University of Washington and Northwest Kidney Centers Host KidneyX Listening Session

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGIn coordination with the University of Washington, Northwest Kidney Centers, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a listening session for KidneyX on Wednesday, August 22 in Seattle, WA.

KidneyX , a public private partnership between ASN and HHS, is a series of prize competitions aimed at accelerating innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases.

This listening session is the second KidneyX meeting in which a diverse, multi-stakeholder group was convened to better understand how KidneyX can meet the needs of patients and encourage providers, innovators, and researchers to participate.

Like previous KidneyX meetings, HHS leaders from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, as well as patients, providers, startups, and the biopharmaceutical and venture capitalist communities participated in the listening session. Participants shared their input on how KidneyX could eliminate barriers to innovation in nephrology.

Broader community feedback is currently being solicited through two recently released Requests for Information (RFI). The first RFI, Requesting Your Feedback on KidneyX , broadly focuses on KidneyX and asks which specific therapeutic areas should KidneyX focus on in future prize competition rounds.

The second RFI, Requesting Your Feedback on the First KidneyX Prize Competition , focuses on the first prize competition (improving kidney replacement therapies for patients) and provides details on how the application, judging and selection process will be run as well as a few general categories for solutions that could be submitted.

All relevant stakeholders, inside and outside the kidney community, are encouraged to view both RFIs and provide comments and feedback by September 14.

To learn more about KidneyX, subscribe to the mailing list and learn how you can provide your input through the RFI process, please visit .