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

KidneyX announces Redesign Dialysis phase 2 award winners

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.

July 22, 2020

VUMC, UCSF win KidneyX award for implantable home dialysis system

A $500,000 KidneyX prize has been awarded to The Kidney Project — a collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) — for the development of an implantable dialysis system that would enable patients to safely and effectively treat kidney failure at home.

July 22, 2020

HHS AND THE AMERICAN SOCIETY OF NEPHROLOGY ANNOUNCE WINNERS OF $3 MILLION KIDNEYX REDESIGN DIALYSIS PHASE 2 PRIZE COMPETITION AT KIDNEYX SUMMIT

Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) announced the six winners of the $3 million KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 competition during the virtual KidneyX Summit. Each recipient will receive $500,000, recognizing the transformative work and creativity these innovators have brought to reimagining dialysis care.

July 22, 2020

VUMC, UCSF Win KidneyX Award for Implantable Home Dialysis System

A $500,000 KidneyX prize has been awarded to The Kidney Project — a collaboration between Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) and UC San Francisco (UCSF) — for the development of an implantable dialysis system that would enable patients to safely and effectively treat kidney failure at home.

July 22, 2020

Patient Innovator Challenge Winners Announced

25 People Win the KidneyX Patient Innovator Challenge with Ideas to Improve Patients Lives

March 26, 2020

How artificial kidneys and miniaturized dialysis could save millions of lives

After decades of slow progress, researchers are exploring better treatments for kidney failure — which kills more people than HIV or tuberculosis.

March 12, 2020

Taking the Initiative on Kidney Care

KHI, KidneyX, New Executive Order Create Collaborative Focus Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 35 million Americans are affected by kidney diseases (CKD) ... that's one in every seven adults.

March 9, 2020

Kidney community needs to embrace 'moonshot' from Advancing American Kidney Health, KidneyX

The timing is right for the kidney care community to advance the treatment and potential cure of ESKD, according to a speaker here at the Southwest Nephrology Annual Conference and Cardio Renal Metabolic Annual Conference. "This is really our 'moonshot.' I've never seen anything like this in my career," John R. Sedor, MD, said. "This is our chance to work together."

March 8, 2020

The Fed's plan for 2020? Bring long-awaited innovation to kidney disease

As 2020 gets underway, the federal government has set its sights on bringing innovation to an area of health that affects one in seven Americans and costs the government more than NASA and the Department of Commerce combined, yet hasn't seen major innovation since the 1970s.

January 17, 2020

Trump signs spending bill that includes $5 million for KidneyX

President Donald Trump on December 20 signed a spending bill that includes funding for federal health care agencies and $5 million to provide continued support of the KidneyX prize competition.

December 26, 2019

Researchers develop artificial kidney capable of purifying blood to create its own 'urine'

Dialysis technology, which continues to dominate the current treatment of end-stage renal disease patients, dates back to the early 1940s. It also typically proves unable to maintain these patients sufficiently long enough to get them to kidney transplant, which is only available for a fraction of those who need it.

December 24, 2019

Statement of American Society of Nephrology on Securing Funding for Kidneyx

KidneyX received $5,000,000 in the government spending package announced late Monday, December 16. Included as part of two "omnibus" spending packages, the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (LHHS) bill includes first-time funding for KidneyX for Fiscal Year 2020.

December 17, 2019

Alabama Voices: Innovation accelerator fueling kidney research

What would you do if I told you that there is an overlooked disease out there that kills more Americans per year than breast cancer and prostate cancer? Believe it or not, in the United States alone kidney disease impacts 37 million people, with 726,000 people suffering from kidney failure and in need of dialysis or a kidney transplant to live. While kidney disease affects Americans regardless of age, those over 60 are at a greater risk given the declining function of the kidney over time. There is little awareness of this health crisis and for decades we have been relying on the same treatment options.

December 16, 2019

HHS, American Society of Nephrology launch Phase 2 of KidneyX project

The Kidney Innovation Accelerator, or KidneyX, a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology, is heading toward the second phase of its KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis competition.

November 19, 2019

KidneyX competition: Sensors would capture new physiologic data during treatments

Healio.com/Nephrology is featuring each of the 15 winners of phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis competition. This article features Outset Medical Inc.

July 17, 2019

How KidneyX and the RRT Roadmap Can Realize the HHS's Goals for an Artificial Kidney

KidneyX and KHI are working to achieve Presidents Trump executive order, signed Wednesday, July 10, on "Advancing American Kidney Health".

July 15, 2019

Telehealth Device to Detect Thrombosis Among Winners of KidneyX Competition

Healio.com/Nephrology is featuring each of the 15 winners of phase 1 of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis competition. The first article features Dr. Vinay Narasimha Krishna from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

July 12, 2019

Kidney Patients, Care Partners Invited to Submit Ideas and Innovations for National Prize Competition

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, American Society of Nephrology, and the National Kidney Foundation announce new Patient Innovator Challenge

July 11, 2019

PRESS RELEASE: Kidney Patients, Care Partners Invited to Submit Ideas and Innovations for National Prize Competition

ASN's press release announcing the latest competition from from KindeyX - The Patient Innovator Challenge

July 11, 2019

KidneyX Summit Begins Today with Announcement of Redesign Dialysis Prize Competition Phase I Winners

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the American Society of Nephrology have selected 15 winning teams for Phase I of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis prize competition.

April 29, 2019

Need For 'Urgency' When Caring For Patients With Kidney Diseases: KidneyX Announces Redesign Dialysis Award Winners

KidneyX announces the 15 Finalists of the Redesign Dialysis Phase I prize competition, each winning $75,000 to advance their proposed solution.

April 29, 2019

New Chair of KidneyX Steering Committee Appointed

John R. Sedor , MD, FASN was appointed chair of the KidneyX Steering Committee. Dr. Sedor will be a leader in sparking innovation and encouraging investment for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney disease.

April 26, 2019

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

'In MedTech History' - Dialysis Innovations, Part 3

Dialysis is a therapy whose time has come, and disruptive innovation is needed. In a first-of-its-kind partnership between the US Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology, the ongoing KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis prize competition is looking to spur innovation that completely disrupts the way kidney failure is treated.

February 1, 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

The New HHS Kidney Innovation Accelerator: When Innovation Stalls, HHS Says Floor It!

In the fight against kidney disease, this is our moment as a community to look beyond the status quo and cynics and imagine the possible. The time is now to say "If not us, then who? And if not now, then when?"

October 20, 2018

President's Column: Kidney Innovation Accelerator

Mark D. Okusa, MD, FASN, President of the American Society of Nephrology, catalogues the need for innovation in nephrology and the potential of KidneyX to accelerate the development and commercialization of kidney therapeutics and improve the lives of patients with kidney diseases.

February 1, 2018

KidneyX Accelerator Raises Hopes for Innovation in Kidney Space

Innovation in kidney care promises to be a significant theme in the kidney community in 2018, and it is hoped, well beyond.

January 5, 2018

Trump Administration Proposes 'Kidney Innovation Accelerator Program'

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently taken a critical step that will hopefully increase kidney disease research and therapy integration to the level it needs to be.

December 1, 2017

HHS to Launch Initiative Encouraging Innovation in Kidney Care

The Department of Health and Human Services announced last week that it will establish a public-private fund to help move new technology forward in treating kidney disease.

November 7, 2017

Sparking Innovation to Improve the Lives of People with Kidney Disease

In February of 2017, the VA and ASN convened the inaugural Kidney Innovation Summit at the BAH Innovation Center in Washington D.C. to identify opportunities for innovation in the care of people with CKD.

July 7, 2017

VA's Kidney Innovation Summit: Seeding Opportunities for Better Health

The Kidney Innovation Summit, convened by the VA Center for Innovation and ASN, brought together over 150 great minds to think through new approaches to prevent and treat kidney disease.

February 21, 2017