Kidney Health Initiative offers patient, innovator resources on artificial kidney development

September 11, 2019
Continuing the focus on artificial kidney development put forth by the current administration’s plan to treat kidney disease, The American…


Miniaturized ambulatory kidney device among KidneyX winners

August 23, 2019
Researchers and developers at the Center for Dialysis Innovation at the University of Washington in Seattle, one of the winners in the KidneyX…

Meeting News

First patient begins CVS trial with Dean Kamen-designed home dialysis machine

August 20, 2019
SEATTLE — After training and 4 days of treatments in a dialysis clinic, the first patient involved in clinical trials for a new CVS-funded…

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Symposium on artificial kidneys opens discussion, debate on alternative devices

August 19, 2019
SEATTLE — With the theme, “Messages from the past illuminate our path to the future,” Buddy Ratner, PhD, co-director of the Center…

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Improved detection, patient treatment choices among ways to transform kidney care

April 30, 2019
WASHINGTON — A speaker at the KidneyX Summit addressed three goals of the HHS that could aid in the efforts to transform the kidney care…

Meeting News

Need for ‘urgency’ when caring for patients with kidney diseases: KidneyX announces Redesign Dialysis award winners

April 29, 2019
WASHINGTON — KidneyX, a public-private partnership between the HHS and the American Society of Nephrology, was created to “spur the…

Safety trial, FDA designation indicate promise of wearable kidney

February 26, 2019
Singapore-based AWAK Technologies recently announced its peritoneal dialysis device was granted breakthrough device designation by the FDA. According…

Industry News

FDA grants breakthrough designation for wearable PD device

January 9, 2019
AWAK Technologies recently announced the FDA has granted breakthrough device designation to its wearable PD system that incorporates AWAK’s…

Latest generation of the artificial wearable kidney is focused on quality of life

October 17, 2018
A third-generation artificial kidney has the potential to provide unprecedented wearability and convenience, enable freedom from phosphate binders…

Meeting News

Third-generation wearable artificial kidney will be lighter, more discrete

March 6, 2018
ORLANDO, Fla. — Using the Helmeier’s Catechism evaluation, Victor Gura, MD, said “what we are trying to do is replace kidney…

Implantable artificial kidney developers working with patients on device development

September 13, 2017
Clinical trials for the implantable artificial kidney haven’t started yet, but the device's developers are already seeking feedback from…

Creating a wearable artificial kidney: A difficult but necessary goal

April 21, 2017
ORLANDO, Fla.­­­­­ ­– “Dialysis is a promise unfulfilled,” said Jonathan Himmelfarb, MD, director of…

Is a backpack a better design for a wearable artificial kidney than a belt?

November 21, 2016
An abstract presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 2016 Kidney Week suggests that a backpack-like wearable artificial kidney (WAK)…

Scientists make a step toward developing bioartificial kidney

November 19, 2016
Scientists in the Netherlands have created a “living membrane” that consists of a tight kidney cell layer on artificial membrane surfaces…

Researchers make step towards kidney regeneration by developing method for culturing kidney cells

June 7, 2016
Researchers have established methods for culturing kidney progenitor cells in vitro that maintain their ability to form the glomerulus. Researchers…

Nursing and kidney research: The Wearable Artificial Kidney trial

May 31, 2016
What is involved in setting up a research trial involving new technology? A key part of the process is recruiting patients and, just as important…

Nephrology nursing and the wearable artificial kidney

May 9, 2016
LOUISVILLE––Victor Gura is a nephrologist turned inventor. He can give you a fascinating review of progress on his project, the wearable…

Implantable artificial kidney project making progress

February 25, 2016
Editor’s note: The implantable artificial kidney is being developed jointly by the University of California San Francisco and Vanderbilt

Discovery of stem cells that generate kidney blood vessels step toward lab grown kidneys

December 18, 2015
Researchers have identified the stem cells that develop into kidney vessels, which they say is a significant step toward growing replacement kidneys…

About the Wearable Artificial Kidney (WAK)

December 1, 2015
The Wearable Artificial Kidney, or WAK, is a miniaturized dialysis machine that can be worn around the waist. The present prototype of the WAK is a…