Change, It is a’Coming
The Vanderbilt/UCSF implantable artificial kidney, a far different model than the wearable kidney, is making progress toward human trials, even as soon as late 2017/early 2018. Developed by Dr. William Fissel and bioengineer Shuvo Roy, PhD, the project has a $5M NIH grant and uses a biohybrid approach that better mimics healthy kidney function.
Dialysis with Living Cells
Dialysis removes some water and wastes, but can’t do other functions of healthy kidneys, like making hormones, that require living cells. Now, researchers at the University of Michigan have a way to grow, preserve, and store living kidney cells for use in a dialysis system. See the new bioartificial renal epithelial cell system (BRECS) here!
If You Build it They Will Come
Accuron Technologies has invested 11.2 million to commercialize AWAK’s sorbent platform, which aims to reduce the cost and complexity of dialysis while making it smaller and more portable.
Button, Button, Who’s Got the Buttonhole?
Advent Access in Singapore has developed the titanium av–Guardian implant to guide needle placement so more people will be able to self-cannulate.
The WAK Prototype is Looking Different
Check out this article and video about a another clinical trial of the "wearable" kidney taking place in San Antonio, TX to see the new look.
Bluegrass Vascular Technologies has a new vein access device, approved in Europe, that can regain access to obstructed veins.
Coming Soon to a Home Near You…
The Tablo automated dialysis machine, now FDA approved, is designed for patients to use by themselves, with a simple step-by-step procedure that makes it easy to operate.
Plastic Dialysis Cannulas!
Now used in Japan and Australia—but not the US—use of plastic cannulas vs. metal needles for HD may reduce the risk of vessel wall damage or infiltration. While the plastic cannulas cost more, following further study, they could benefit restless patients, children, patients on long HD sessions or those with metal allergies.
Keeping the Pipes Clean.
A study in Singapore suggests a way to prevent breakdown of blood cells during dialysis. Researchers treated dialysis tubing with a water-repellent coating to decrease contact between blood and the tubing surface—reducing hemolysis in animal blood.
Home HD Reimagined
Unlike Baxter, Outset Medical CEO Leslie Trigg thinks people will want to consider home HD, so they developed the Tablo, a sleek new user friendly machine with an app-like touchscreen interface, with the goal of eventually entering the expanding home HD market.