The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially launched its Kidney Innovation Accelerator, also known as KidneyX. First announced last fall, KidneyX is a public-private partnership to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases. KidneyX seeks to do this by providing prize funding to promising innovators; encouraging better coordination across HHS agencies to help clarify the path toward commercialization of new drugs and technologies; and creating a sense of urgency to develop new therapies to treat kidney disease.

The first pilot prize announcement in which KidneyX will be accepting applications is expected in October.