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KidneyX Phase 2 Redesign Dialysis Competition

KidneyX launches $1.5 million Phase 2 of prize competition to redesign dialysis

On November 18, 2019, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) launched the second phase of KidneyX: Redesign Dialysis, a prize competition that seeks to transform kidney care. Redesign Dialysis is part of a series of KidneyX prize competitions to catalyze the development of innovative solutions that can prevent, diagnose, and treat kidney diseases.

Redesign Dialysis Phase 2 seeks prototype solutions, or components of solutions, that can replicate normal kidney functions or improve dialysis access. Participants may compete in the second phase even if they did not submit a solution in the first phase. Prototypes should address at least one of the following areas: blood filtration, electrolyte homeostasis, volume regulation, toxin removal and secretion, filtrate drainage and connectivity, and dialysis access.

The competition calls on researchers, innovators, patients, and investors with expertise in nephrology, biotechnology, bioengineering, and medical devices to submit solutions by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2020.

Up to three winners will each be awarded $500,000. Participants can find more information, including the submission requirements, judging criteria, and eligibility, in the prize announcement (PDF).

Phase 2 quick facts:

  • Who should submit? Phase 2 is open to new solvers as well as Phase 1 participants. The competition calls on experts in nephrology, biotechnology, bioengineering, medical devices, mechanical engineering, and more.
  • Non-U.S. citizens and nonpermanent residents can participate as a member of a team that otherwise satisfies the eligibility criteria but will not be eligible to win a monetary prize (in whole or in part).
  • Seeking early prototypes. The prototype can be the first iteration, as long as it’s a testable device.
  • $1.5 million in prizes. Up to three winners will each be awarded $500,000.
  • Deadline. Submissions are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on January 31, 2020.
  • Solver community that will allow you to connect with other people interested in entering KidneyX, many of which are U.S. citizens, so you can join an eligible team:

Phase 1 recap:

The first phase received 165 submissions that included innovations in vascular access, fluid filtration, and biosensors. The 15 Phase 1 winners each received $75,000.


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