KidneyX Summit begins today with announcement of Redesign Dialysis prize competition Phase 1 Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the American Society of Nephrology have selected 15 winning teams for Phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition.

During the inaugural KidneyX Summit which began today, April 29th, and continues to through April 30th, the winners were announced. The winners presented their solutions to an audience of industry leaders with government, mechanical and bioengineering, investment, and medical product development.

The prize winners include:

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham—A non-invasive, wearable telehealth device to detect thrombosis and monitor vascular access health of arteriovenous fistulas and grafts in hemodialysis patients
  • Qidni Labs, Inc.—Air Removal System for a Wearable Renal Therapy Device
  • Temple University—Atomically Precise Membranes (APM) for High-Flux and Selective Removal of Blood Toxins  
  • Curion Research Corporation, UCLA and the University of Arkansas— Development of a Dialysate- and Cell-Free Renal Replacement Technology 
  • Outset Medical, Inc.—Development of an Automated Multimodal Sensor to Improve Patient Outcomes in Hemodialysis
  • Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and BioSurfaces, Inc.—Drug-Eluting Electrospun Hemodialysis Graft
  • Stanford University, Fluo Medical—A non-invasive device for monitoring fistula maturation
  • Mount Sinai Renal Research Institute—Improving intra-dialytic removal of protein-bound uremic toxin removal using binding competitors
  • UC San Francisco, Vanderbilt University and Silicon Kidney—Intracorporeal Ultrafiltration System & Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System
  • Access for Life, Inc. - JEM™—Sensor Enabled Hemodialysis
  • Miromatrix Medical, Inc.—New Kidney Grafts
  • University of Michigan—Nitric Oxide-Eluting, Disposable Hemodialysis Catheter Insert to Prevent Infection and Thrombosis
  • Binnovate Digital Health BV—RenalTracker  
  • University of Washington, Center for Dialysis Innovation—The Ambulatory Kidney to Improve Vitality (AKTIV) & Rethinking Dialysis Vascular Access
  • Stanford University—Utilizing Optical Interrogation Methods for Early Diagnosis of Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

“Programs like KidneyX have the potential to improve the lives of millions of people and save billions of dollars in healthcare costs. I’m impressed with the ambitious solutions proposed by the winning teams, and grateful for the entrepreneurs working to reimagine dialysis,” said Ed Simcox, Chief Technology Officer at HHS. “Supporting innovation in this space is a critical step in helping people suffering from kidney diseases.”

KidneyX_logo_0.PNGPhase 2 of Redesign Dialysis will start accepting submissions in fall 2019 and is open to all, including Phase 1 winners. In Phase 2, innovators will be asked to develop and demonstrate functional and testable prototypes that can replicate some or all kidney functions. Up to three winners will be awarded $500,000 each.

For more information about the prize-winning solutions and future KidneyX prize competitions, please visit , follow @Kidney_X on Twitter, and see the full press release from ASN .