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:
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 purified water, dialysate solution or a dialyzer
Eliminates water purification infrastructure and maintenance
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 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 home or clinics, simplifying the blood purifying session 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 work 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.
A waterless device will completely eliminate the massive water infrastructure currently needed to perform standard dialysis treatments. Additionally, disposables needed to dialyze each patient, including concentrated dialysate solutions, and a dialyzer would be eliminated. 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.
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.
Portable Prototype XP-100: Small - First prototype - This model is currently being updated
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 light at less than 25 lbs. Further internal component miniaturization will result in additional weight reduction in the future.
Portable Devices in Development
Actual Components - CAD Drawing
L 20" x W 14" x H 11"