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IN DEVELOPMENT

US Kidney Research Corporation's novel technology is completely waterless, thus providing many advantages over current dialysis methods. The same technology can be applied to a standalone machine, a wearable, or an implantable kidney. Technological features will include:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Portable Artificial Kidney

The first device ​that US Kidney Research Corporation is developing is the waterless portable device. It can be made  in a backpack or a tabletop configuration and can be used in a home, business, clinic, etc. It will encompass all the benefits mentioned above. 

Compact & Easy Maintenance

The portable backpack will be an unobtrusive design and compact size making it less noticeable while being worn in public giving the patient peace of mind. The tabletop model, like the backpack, will be easy to move to any desired location. Both models will provide patients with a lightweight portable device and easy maintenance.

 

Comfort & Mobility

Keeping a patients comfort in mind is important and a major design consideration. The portable backpack's final design will facilitate unrestricted movement and afford the opportunity to disconnect the backpack allowing the patient to sleep with diminutive disruption. Additionally, the both the backpack and tabletop portable model can be placed on a desktop or other sturdy object while at work or at home. (See photos below)

 

For Clinics and Home Treatments

Our tabletop model can be used in clinics, simplifying the blood purifying session and reducing provider's cost since, unlike dialysis, a dialyzer, dialysate concentrate solution or water is not needed. Patients will be intermittently treated with this device as they are currently with hemodialysis machines. The same device can be used at home or other locations as well. 

 

Extremely User Friendly

Training time and setup for patients and technicians, whether at home or in the clinic, will be greatly reduced as the process will be much simpler than using water dependent dialysis machines. 

 

Provider Benefit

A waterless device will completely eliminate the massive water infrastructure currently needed to perform standard dialysis treatments. This will save providers extensive ongoing year-to-year associated expenses, reduce their liability from possible water contamination, and provide all the added benefits listed above.

Implantable Artificial Kidney 

Our commitment to research is leading to the development of a truly implantable artificial kidney. The real potential for miniaturization greatly adds to its impending creation. As with the wearable and standalone devices, the identical methodology will be used in its design. This would not be possible with water dependent (dialysis) technology. 

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PROTOTYPES

We have built functioning prototypes in several configurations using the same internal components. Further R&D will lead to advancements in functionality, quality, and safety. 

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  • Real time data available for patient and physician to monitor performance

  • Real time control of electrolyte, urea and fluid removal for more precise results

  • Will not require R/O water, dialysate solution or a dialyzer

  • Real potential for miniaturization, leading to an implantable artificial kidney

  • Water contamination risk eliminated

  • Contaminated water disposal into drainage systems will be greatly reduced

  • Potentially less complications, morbidity, mortality and hospitalizations

  • Patient infection risk reduced

  • Easy patient and provider management

  • Improved quality of life

  • Patients more involved with their healthcare

  • Extremely user friendly

Portable Prototype XP-100: Small, lightweight, for home or clinical use. Weight approximately 25 lbs
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Small Waterless Prototype W/Touchscreen   -     Dimensions L16”x W10”x H20”

Larger design will no longer be necessary in clinics
Portable Device BP-200 - Functioning prototype demonstration of ease of transporting and using the portable artificial kidney in daily life. The current version can be operated using a household electrical outlet to function during resting activities such as working at a computer or sleeping. Current weight is approximately 22 lbs. Further internal component miniaturization will result in additional weight reduction in the future.
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Concept Portable Devices in Development
Actual Components - CAD Drawing 
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L 20" x W 14" x H 11"

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