KidneyX Town Hall Held at Mt. Sinai Health System

In coordination with the Mt. Sinai Health System, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) hosted a town hall for KidneyX on Tuesday, June 26 in New York, NY.

The town hall convened a diverse, multi-stakeholder group to better understand how KidneyX can meet the needs of patients and encourage providers, innovators and researchers to participate in the innovation accelerator’s first prize competition focused on developing alternatives to dialysis. The town hall brought together HHS leaders from the Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the National Institutes of Health, the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as well as patients, providers, startups and the biopharmaceutical and venture capitalist communities.

The discussion focused on how KidneyX will aim to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of kidney diseases, partnership ideas and perspectives on barriers and opportunities for participation. Specifically, input was elicited from:

  • Patients about what new developments in kidney products they most want and value;
  • Startups in the kidney space about how KidneyX could best help them move from concept to product in patients’ hands (financial, regulatory, business insights, etc.);
  • Academic institutions about how their research efforts, faculty, students, and trainees can foster the success of KidneyX and potentially partner, as well as interface with patients receiving treatment in their facilities
  • Investors about what guides and influences their investment decisions, specifically in the kidney space

Broader community feedback on the pilot round application criteria, judging process and topics for future KidneyX prize competitions will be solicited this summer through a Request for Innovation.

To learn more about KidneyX and be notified when the comment period opens, please visit KidneyX.org and subscribe to the mailing list.