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What is KidneyX?

The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) is a public-private partnership between the US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases. KidneyX seeks to improve the lives of the 850 million people worldwide currently affected by kidney diseases by accelerating the development of drugs, devices, biologics and other therapies across the spectrum of kidney care including:

Prevention

Diagnostics

Treatment

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How will KidneyX Succeed?

Building off the success of similar public-private accelerators, KidneyX will engage a community of researchers, innovators, and investors to bring breakthrough therapies to patients by:

Development

Driving patient access to disruptive technologies via competitive, non-dilutive funding to innovators.

Coordination

Providing a clearer and less expensive path to bringing products to patients and their families.

Urgency

Creating a sense of urgency by spotlighting the immediate needs of patients and their families.

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Kidney Disease Statistics

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A typical in-center hemodialysis patient spends 12 hours a week attached to a machine

Source: Report to Congressional Requesters: National Institutes of Health – Kidney Disease Research Funding and Priority Setting; United States Government Accountability Office; December 2016.

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Among patients ages 18-54 years old at the start of dialysis, 93% were classified as disabled

Source: Erickson K, et al. Employment among Patients Starting Dialysis in the United States. Clinc J. Am Soc Nephrol 13: 265-273, 2018.

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Each year, more than 100,000 Americans begin hemodialysis as a result of kidney failure

Source: United States Renal Data System. 2017 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2017.

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40 Million adult Americans are currently classified as having chronic kidney disease

Source: Report to Congressional Requesters: National Institutes of Health – Kidney Disease Research Funding and Priority Setting; United States Government Accountability Office; December 2016.

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Every day 13 patients die waiting for a kidney transplant

Source: Mitchell K. For Transplant Patients, 'This is Your Statue of Liberty'. GW Magazine. http://magazine.gwu.edu/for-transplant-patients. Published December 2, 2016. Accessed March 2018.

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Of Stage 4 CKD patients, 48% were unaware of their severe CKD

Source: United States Renal Data System. 2017 USRDS annual data report: Epidemiology of kidney disease in the United States. National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2017.

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African-Americans are 3.5x more likely to develop kidney failure

Source: Kidney Disease Statistics for the United States. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/kidney-disease. Published December 2016. Accessed March 2018.

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Hispanics are 1.5x more likely to develop kidney failure

Source: Kidney Disease Statistics for the United States. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/health-statistics/kidney-disease. Published December 2016. Accessed March 2018.

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KidneyX In The News

Hargan Calls for Incentives to Boost Kidney Treatment Innovation

According to HHS Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan, HHS wants to shift Medicare payment policies to encourage providers to shift dialysis to patients' homes, which would save money on treating end-stage renal disease.

March 27, 2019

Application Period Ends for First Phase of KidneyX's Redesign Dialysis Competition

KidneyX recently announced it has closed the application period for the first phase of its Redesign Dialysis competition after receiving 165 submissions.

March 7, 2019

Azar: Kidney Dialysis Needs to Move to Patient Homes

HHS Secretary Alex Azar on Monday told a crowd of kidney disease patients and advocates the Trump administration is overhauling Medicare's payment system to move the bulk of dialysis treatments from clinics to the home.

March 4, 2019

Kidney Disease Group Announces Roadmap for Innovative Treatments

The American Society of Nephrology's "Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy" aims to spark new ideas about how to treat kidney disease beyond dialysis. The roadmap lays out specific goals for therapy improvements, suggested time horizons, and the kinds of multidisciplinary collaborations required to make those improvements happen.

October 30, 2018

Accelerator Launches in San Diego to Find Better Kidney Disease Treatments

The Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology launched a $2.65 million challenge to seek better treatments for kidney disease. The program, called the KidneyX Innovation Accelerator, was launched at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego.

October 23, 2018

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