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The World’s First Artificial Kidney Just Earned $650,000 Prize From KidneyX

Artificial Kidney
Kidney Project’s bioartificial kidney
Source : University of California San Francisco

According to kidney.org, kidney disease causes more deaths than breast or prostate cancer, affecting an approximately 37 million people in U.S. or 15% of the adult population; more than 1 in 7 adults.

Although kidney transplants are possible, there’s always more demand than can be met and the risk that patient’s body might reject the organ, is always a possibility. Dialysis remains the most viable option, but the process is complicated & burdensome for the patients.

Now, a public-private partnership between U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) and American Society of Nephrology (ASN) founded to “accelerate wrinkle in the precluding, verdict & treatment of kidney diseases” may have come-up with a solution, according to a press release by University of California San Francisco.

Called Kidney Project, new invention is an implantable bio-artificial kidney and it just earned a $650,000 prize from KidneyX for its first ever demonstration of its functional prototype.

“The vision for artificial kidney is to provide patients with complete mobility & better physiological outcomes than dialysis,” said Roy, who’s a faculty member in Department of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, a joint department of UCSF School of Pharmacy & Medicine. “It promises a much higher quality of life for millions worldwide with kidney failure.”

What is So Special about an Artificial Kidney?

The device was designed to sustainably support a culture of human kidney cells without provoking an immune response.

This means, kidney failure patients can for-go often painful & uncomfortable dialysis procedures and duration on immune-suppressant drugs that are taken when a kidney transplant is performed and can have severe side effects.

The KidneyX Artificial Kidney Prize, called on scientists & engineers to submit “continuous kidney replacement therapies that give transformational treatment options beyond current dialysis methods. “

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