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July 22, 2020
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KidneyX announces Redesign Dialysis phase 2 award winners

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During the virtual KidneyX Summit, the HHS and the American Society of Nephrology announced the six winners of phase 2 of the Redesign Dialysis competition, which was launched in November 2019.

“President Trump has laid out an aggressive vision for transforming kidney care in America, which involves new and innovative ways of looking at how we treat kidney disease,” HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, said in a press release from ASN. “KidneyX joins innovators together – patients, clinicians, entrepreneurs – who share that vision for improving the lives of the 850 million people worldwide affected by kidney diseases.”

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As Healio Nephrology previously reported, KidneyX, a public-private partnership between HHS and ASN, has garnered support from Congress since its launch, with two members of the U.S. House of Representatives speaking at the 2019 summit in Washington, D.C. Co-chair of the Congressional Kidney Caucus in the House, Suzan DelBene, also announced authorization of a $10 million dollar funding bill for the KidneyX Innovation Accelerator Project last August.

Eric Hargan

In phase 1 of the competition, 15 teams were recognized for solutions regarding earlier detection of dialysis-related complications and patient-centered care. According to the press release, Phase 2 winners developed prototype solutions that replicate normal kidney function and improve dialysis access, with each recipient being granted $500,000. The release noted three of the phase 1 prize winners have also been awarded for their work in phase 2.

John Sedor

“The tremendous success of the Redesign Dialysis phase 1 prize competition set a high bar, but the Redesign Dialysis phase 2 submissions exceeded all expectations,” John Sedor, MD, FASN, chair of the KidneyX Steering Committee, said in the release. “This affirms the vision of HHS and ASN in launching this public/private partnership.”

Phase 2 prize recipients include the following:

  • Timothy Boire, PhD - A Bioresorbable Shape Memory Polymer Wrap to Improve Maturation and Patency of Dialysis Access Sites;
  • Sarah Lee, MS - A Novel Device to Prevent Infection Due to Touch Contamination in Peritoneal Dialysis;
  • Buddy D. Ratner, PhD - A Pro-Regenerative Vascular Access Graft: Surmounting Challenges Inhibiting Progress;
  • Shuvo Roy, PhD - Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System;
  • Aijun Wang, PhD - Developing self-renewable “living” endothelium vascular grafts for hemodialysis; and
  • Alexander Yevzlin, MD - Nitric Oxide-Eluting, Disposable Hemodialysis Catheter Cap to Prevent Infection and Thrombosis.

“As we look ahead, we are humbled and thrilled to be spearheading such positive change in public health,” Sedor said. “The Artificial Kidney Prize will launch in 2020, providing another wave of change, as multidisciplinary teams continue to create a new standard of care for people with kidney diseases, who for too long have not benefited from the innovation driving positive changes in other areas of health care.”

For more information on each winner of Redesign Dialysis phase 2, please visit: https://www.kidneynews.org/sites/default/files/RD2%20bios%207%2013%2020.pdf.