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Winning Solution: Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System

A hemodialysis system that uses a compact hemodialyzer to creates permanent internal vascular connections to eliminate needle-based vascular access and improve patient outcomes

Shuvo Roy, UC San Francisco; William H. Fissell, Vanderbilt University; Charles Blaha, Silicon Kidney

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KidneyX Competition:

Redesign Dialysis, Phase 1

About the Solution

We will develop a hemodialysis system (iHemo) that will allow patients to receive the benefits of frequent and prolonged hemodialysis with the operational simplicity of peritoneal dialysis. The iHemo achieves hemodialysis simplification and risk reduction by implanting a compact hemodialyzer (HemoCartridge) to create permanent internal vascular connections, which will eliminate needle-based vascular access. The iHemo will improve dialysis patient outcomes and their quality of life by eliminating risk of accidental blood disconnect and encouraging frequent and prolonged hemodialysis treatments, especially within the home setting.

About the Winner

The Kidney Project is a national research project with a goal to create a small, surgically implanted, and free-standing bioartificial kidney to treat kidney failure. The bioartificial kidney will give kidney failure patients new hope beyond the short-term solution of renal dialysis and the longer-term, but impermanent, solution of a living kidney transplant for which donor organs are limited.