Artificial Kidney Health Program

Current clinical approaches to treat patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) include hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis, and renal transplantation. We have developed a novel dialysis-free and waterless artificial kidney technology that has the potential to mimic the filtration properties of the renal glomerulus and the ion/water transport processes in the nephron. Importantly, the device does not utilize external water/dialysate or living cells. This waterless technology creates more than a replacement for dialysis, it allows increased freedom for patients. Since the technology does not utilize dialysate, the portable device we are developing is self-enclosed and operated without having to worry about where to source or dispose of dialysate and water. Additionally, for providers, our waterless technology will eliminate the massive water infrastructure and associated costs currently needed to perform standard dialysis treatments.