At ASN Kidney Week 2017, Bruce D. Greenstein, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Chief Technology Officer, highlighted the need for innovation in the nephrology space.
While citing that each year more than 100,000 Americans start hemodialysis, Mr. Greenstein shared his personal connection with kidney failure and dialysis. Mr. Greenstein’s mother was on dialysis for fourteen years and he shared his observation that not much changed between her last round of dialysis and her first. The experiences of kidney disease patients, like Mr. Greenstein’s mother, the need for us to envision a world in which kidney disease patients and their care partners can live meaningful, productive lives. A world in which patients no longer even need dialysis.
In order to accomplish this audacious goal, Mr. Greenstein announced the intent of HHS to launch a Kidney Innovation Accelerator. The Accelerator will establish a public-private innovation fund capable of seeding and accelerating not just incremental improvements in treating kidney disease, but real breakthroughs in dialysis and other treatments for kidney disease. The Accelerator will also bring together key components of HHS, notable the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to ensure that the path to commercialization is straight and clear.
“For too long, patients with kidney diseases have eagerly awaited new therapies that could improve their quality of life. Mr. Greenstein’s announcement at ASN Kidney Week 2017 provides them hope that a therapeutic breakthrough is on the horizon and can be achieved in their lifetime. ASN applauds the commitment of HHS to fighting kidney diseases and improving the lives of patients. We, like the rest of the nephrology community, look forward to supporting the Kidney Innovation Accelerator. I am very excited to see the impact that the Kidney Innovation Accelerator will have on our patients and the field of nephrology for years to come.”
- Eleanor D. Lederer, MD, FASN Past President, American Society of Nephrology
As HHS prepares to launch the accelerator, they are seeking support, feedback, and guidance from the public. Individuals that are interested in learning more or have an idea are encouraged to contact HHS at kidneyX@hhs.gov.
Mr. Greenstein’s announcement can be viewed in its entirety on the ASN website.