Currently, dialysis is the only therapy available to purify a patient's blood, but its water dependency makes the methodology unusable for creating an implantable artificial kidney. The new technology addresses that problem. The technology has the potential to completely replace current dialysis procedures in an industry that has not changed its methodology in over 75 years.
- The technology does not require water, dialysate concentrate solutions, or a dialyzer
- The technology can be miniaturized and used to make an implantable artificial kidney and a wearable artificial kidney (also a standalone machine)
- Provides data in real time
Dr. Ira Kurtz, chief of Nephrology at the University of California (UCLA), is U.S. Kidney Research Corporation's chief science/medical advisor and a board member. He worked closely with Jamie Hestekin PhD, the head of research at the University of Arkansas and his team of researchers to bring the novel technology into existence.
The innovative approach combines new multiple mesh electrodeionization technology with pressure driven ultrafiltration, nanofiltration, reverse osmosis modules, sensors, and a computer chip to regulate all processes. Each of the components performs unique functions that simulate key aspects of the native kidney's filtration and transport functions. A user-friendly touchscreen is incorporated into the design for setup and monitoring.
Dr. Kurtz said, "Here we introduce a novel technological advance in the field of renal replacement therapy that allows for the first time, the two key functional properties of the kidney i.e., filtration of blood and specific transport of ions and water to be simulated by a device that does not utilize biological-based components or a dialysate."
Curion Research Corporation (now U.S. Kidney Research Corp) was an award winner of the KidneyX Redesign Dialysis contest in April 2019, sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in partnership with the American Society of Nephrology (ASN).
For more information visit our website: www.uskidneyresearchcorp.com