Updates on Kidney Innovation and Kidney Research Funding
On April 29, KidneyX announced 15 winning teams for its Phase 1 Redesign Dialysis prize competition. Winning teams’ solutions focused on areas such as improving patient quality of life, earlier detection of complications, and improving patient outcomes. Each team won a prize of $75,000. More information on the winning solutions can be found here and here.
Phase 2 of the Redesign Dialysis competition will start accepting applications this fall. In that competition, applicants will be asked to demonstrate working prototypes of solutions that can replicate some or all kidney functions. Up to three winners will be awarded prizes of $500,000 each.
KidneyX is a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the American Society of Nephrology that seeks to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases. It does this by engaging researchers, innovators, investors, and others to develop and bring breakthrough therapies to patients through a series of prize competitions.
In other KidneyX news, on May 8 the House Appropriations Committee passed its Labor, HHS, and Education funding bill for fiscal year 2020, and it includes $10 million for KidneyX.
In addition, the Committee’s Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill includes $2.12 billion in funding for the National Institutes of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), a $99 million increase from fiscal year 2019. NIDDK is the institute under the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that is responsible for conducting and supporting research on kidney and related diseases. Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion under the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which includes the Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) Initiative, is funded at $1.07 billion under the committee’s bill, an increase of $140 million from fiscal year 2019. The CKD Initiative provides comprehensive public health strategies for promoting kidney health that seek to prevent and control risk factors for CKD, raise awareness, promote early diagnosis, and improve outcomes and quality of life for those living with CKD.
Meanwhile, the Senate Appropriations Committee has yet to begin work on its version of the Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill.