Redesign Dialysis Phase 2
Redesign Dialysis Phase 2
Building off the success of KidneyX's inaugural prize competition, Redesign Dialysis Phase 1, Phase 2 challenges participants to build and test prototype solutions, or components of solutions, that can replicate normal kidney functions or improve dialysis access. Up to 3 winners will each be awarded $500,000.
Submissions are due by 5:00 ET on January 31, 2020.
Who Can Participate?
You can submit a solution even if you did not submit anything in Phase 1. Full eligibility rules can be found on page 6 of the prize announcement.
What is KidneyX Looking for in Redesign Dialysis, Phase 2?
We are seeking prototype solutions that address any of these categories:
- Blood Filtration (filtering blood to remove waste and excess fluid)
- Electrolyte Homeostasis (maintaining appropriate levels of key minerals in the blood)
- Volume Regulation (regulating the amount of and/or removing excess fluid).
- Toxin Removal and Secretion (removing, limiting or preventing toxins in the bloodstream).
- Filtrate Drainage and Connectivity (removing excess filtrate after processing; connectivity issues for filtration, processing, and exterior drainage)
- Dialysis Access (vascular, peritoneal, blood circuit, or alternative (e.g., GI tract) access)
Specific technical design targets for each category can be found on page 4 of the prize announcement. These design targets, as well as the categories themselves, were developed based on the Kidney Health Initiative's Technology Roadmap for Innovative Approaches to Renal Replacement Therapy, which is an excellent resource to learn more about technical and scientific needs in this space.
Tests of the prototype's function or performance should demonstrate rigor, reproducibility, and statistical analysis.
For specific judging criteria, please review the prize announcement.
Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 Winners
The following submissions were selected as winners of the Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 prize competition:
- A Bioresorbable Shape Memory Polymer Wrap to Improve Maturation and Patency of Dialysis Access Sites, Timothy Boire, PhD
- A Novel Device to Prevent Infection Due to Touch Contamination in Peritoneal Dialysis, Sarah Lee
- A Pro-Regenerative Vascular Access Graft: Surmounting Challenges Inhibiting Progress, Buddy D. Ratner, PhD
- Intracorporeal Hemodialysis System, Shuvo Roy, PhD
- Developing Self-Renewable "Living" Endothelium Vascular Grafts for Hemodialysis, Aijun Wang, PhD
- Nitric Oxide-Eluting, Disposable Hemodialysis Catheter Cap to Prevent Infection and Thrombosis, Alexander Yevzlin, MD