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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:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wearable Artificial Kidney

The first device ​that US Kidney Research Corporation is developing is the waterless portable artificial kidney . It will encompass all the benefits mentioned above. Moreover, the patient's personal well-being has not been neglected.

Compact & Easy Maintenance

Its intended unobtrusive compact size will make it less noticeable while being worn in public giving the patient peace of mind. It will provide patients with a light weight device and easy maintenance.

 

Comfort & Mobility

Keeping a patients comfort in mind is important and a major design consideration. The device final design will facilitate unrestricted movement and afford the opportunity to disconnect the backpack allowing the patient to sleep  with diminutive disruption. Additionally, the portable device can be placed on a table or other object while at work or during a blood purifying session. Since it is portable, the sum of these combined elements adds up to a patient that will enjoy more freedom while performing daily activities.

 

Standalone Renal Replacement Device - For Clinics and Home Treatments

The same technology used to develop the portable artificial Kidney will potentially lead to the development of a standalone device, similar in appearance to a dialysis machine. As with all planned future devices, it won't utilize a dialyzer or require dialysate concentrate solution or water. Patients will be intermittently treated with this device as they are currently with hemodialysis machines. A machine can be designed for home or clinical use.

 

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 standalone machine 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, and provide 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.

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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, 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

  • 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

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Small Waterless Prototype W/Touchscreen   -     Dimensions L16”x W10”x H20”

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Stand Alone Prototype XMP-100: Due to its relatively small size, redesigning it for home use isn’t an issue. Constructing a larger model for  use in clinics is an uncomplicated engineering process as well. 
Larger design for clinics
Potable Device BM-200AU - 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 12 lbs. Further internal component miniaturization will result in additional weight reduction in the future.
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Concept Portable Device
Actual Internal Components - CAD Drawing 
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