Patient Innovator Challenge Winners
The following individuals were selected as winners of the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge, funded by the National Kidney Foundation. A panel of judges and reviewers selected 10 winners in Category 1 – solutions already tried or put into practice – and 15 winners in Category 2 – ideas for solutions not yet created.Category 1
- Ann Chokas of Great Neck, NY, for designing a smartphone app to monitor blood test results.
- Chris Jaynes of Cardiff-by-the-sea, CA, for creating a way to extend the life of a kidney removed for transplantation to give surgeons more time to access the organ.
- Deepa Kariyawasam of London, England, for creating kidney patient diet booklets geared toward minority cuisine.
- David Kuraguntla of South San Francisco, CA, for creating a device to monitor fluid levels in dialysis patients.
- Sarah Lee of Baltimore, MD, for creating a device that disinfects tubing for peritoneal dialysis.
- Robert Richter of Coconut Creek, FL, for creating a device to help a one-handed veteran administer home dialysis.
- Chelsea Roman of Sacramento, CA, for creating a 3D-printable wrist cuff to secure needles used in home dialysis.
- Lana Schmidt of Liberty, IL, for using a state-funded home aide program to hire someone to help her with home dialysis.
- Deborah Stanzak of Twinsburg, OH, for creating clothing suited for dialysis patients.
- John Vito of Rochester, NY, for creating a video cooking series for end-stage kidney failure patients.
- Brian Bender of Raleigh, NC, for a home-use device in development to track sodium levels in urine.
- Andrew Brookens of Denver, CO, for a proposal to open a home dialysis education center to train patients.
- Chandra Chhun of McDonough, GA, for a proposal to develop an online platform to help home dialysis patients.
- Anthony Clark of Wilmington, DE, for a proposal to create kidney food labels for kidney patients.
- Jaclyn Giannakoulis of Stoughton, MA, to develop a program to rent home dialysis cyclers for patients when they travel.
- Nieltje Gedney of Kearneysville, WV, to develop a toolkit for home dialysis patients to give realtime feedback.
- Varun Goyal of Carmel, IN, to develop an app to help transplant patients keep track of their medicines.
- Lonnie Green of Kennesaw, GA, to develop a peer mentorship program for dialysis patients.
- Mary Lou Hurley of Bloomingdale, NJ, to create a handout about transplants for patients to give to emergency room professionals.
- Daniel Marsh of Baton Rouge, LA, to develop an "open chair" app to help patients find a realtime dialysis center that has an immediate opening.
- Sandeep Padala of Augusta, GA, to develop help from dialysis patients who are released from prison.
- Emmett Smith of Seattle, WA, to develop a device to help with dialysis catheters.
- Ben Studdard of Nashville,TN, to create music videos to teach patients about medical terms.
- Cher Thomas of Galveston, TX, to develop a program to link dentists with patients on the transplant waitlist.
- Joyce Vergili of Kingston, NY, to create a device to monitor blood potassium levels.
Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Finalists
The following solutions were selected as the Finalists for KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 and announced at the Inaugural KidneyX Summit, on April 29-30, 2019:
- An Air Removal System For a Wearable Renal Therapy Device
- A Non-Invasive, Wearable Telehealth Device To Detect Thrombosis And Monitor Vascular Access Health Of Arteriovenous Fistulas And Grafts In Hemodialysis Patients
- Atomically Precise Membranes (APM) for High-Flux and Selective Removal of Blood Toxins
- Building New Kidneys
- Development of a Dialysate-and Cell-Free Renal Replacement Technology
- Development of an Automated Multimodal Sensor to Improve Patient Outcomes in Hemodialysis
- Digitally-delivered Behavior Change Program To Help Patients Delay Dialysis
- Displacer-Enhanced Hemodialysis: Improving The Intradialytic Removal Of Protein-Bound Uremic Toxins Using Binding Competitors
- Drug-Eluting Electrospun Hemodialysis Graft
- Fluo Medical Fistula Monitoring Device
- Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System
- Nitric Oxide-Eluting, Disposable Hemodialysis Catheter Insert to Prevent Infection and Thrombosis
- Smart Sensor-enhanced Needle Guide Reduces Pain and Cost in Clinic
- The Ambulatory Kidney to Improve Vitality (AKTIV)
- Utilizing Optical Interrogation Methods for Early Diagnosis of Peritonitis in Peritoneal Dialysis Patients
Redesign Dialysis Phase 1 Honorable Mentions
The following proposed solutions were selected as Honorable Mentions for KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase I:
- An Electrospun Fistula Cuff To Treat High Flow Access (HFA) Issues
- Continuous Implantable Peritoneal Ultrafiltration Device for Inter-treatment Volume Control in Hemodialysis Treated Patients
- Development, Characterization and Functional Assessment of Mobile & Modular Microfluidic Dialysis Device Delivery (M3D3 Unit) Artificial Kidney
- Intelligent AV Grafts for Predicting Stenosis and Avoiding Thromboses
- Novaflux Outside-In Filtration (OIF)
- Novel Omniphobic Coating To Reduce Hemodialysis Catheter Related Infections And Thrombosis
- Preventing Microbubble Complications in Hemodialysis Patients
- Redesigning Catheter Vascular Access for Dialysis: Metagenomic DNA Sequencing to Characterize Microbial Communities in Dialysis Catheter Biofilms for Inhibitor Discovery and Materials Engineering
Submitted Abstracts from Applicants
All applicants for KidneyX Redesign Dialysis Phase I were asked to share an abstract providing an overview of their proposed solution. To view a bundle of the abstracts that we received, please click here.