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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

United States Ambassador Convenes Forum on Enhancing Kidney Health in the Pacific

The U.S. Ambassador Joseph Cella hosted Pacific health officials and clinicians for a dialogue on the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney disease. The conversation generated ideas and inspiration for new ways that the United States, Fiji, and other Pacific island countries can work together to overcome health challenges.

August 26, 2020

VenoStent has a new technology to improve outcomes for dialysis patients

Timothy Bouré and his co-founder Geoffrey Lucks were both near broke when they moved to Dallas to join the first accelerator they entered after forming VenoStent, a company that aims to improve outcomes for dialysis patients.

August 9, 2020

Student startup Relavo takes home $500,000 KidneyX prize

The award will support them as they work full-time on a solution for safer at-home dialysis—an issue they'll meet with greater urgency as the coronavirus pandemic makes in-person treatment riskier

August 3, 2020

UCSF's artificial kidney project wins major award, now one step closer to potentially changing lives

A major award could provide new hope to thousands of kidney patients in the U.S., and possibly, freedom from undergoing traditional dialysis.

August 1, 2020

Idea full of holes wins U.S. prize for kidney-dialysis team

The Center for Dialysis Innovation earns acclaim for a porous synthetic graft intended to make the blood-cleansing process safer and more reliable.

July 23, 2020

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Individuals that are interested in being part of the KidneyX solution are encouraged to contact KidneyX at kidneyx@asn-online.org to be placed on a mailing list.

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