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The Amer­i­can So­ci­ety of Nephrol­ogy (ASN) has signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) with the US De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices (HHS) to es­tab­lish the Kid­ney In­no­va­tion Ac­cel­er­a­tor (Kid­neyX). Kid­neyX will spur the devel­op­ment and com­mer­cial­iza­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and ther­a­peu­tics in the pre­ven­tion, di­ag­no­sis, and treat­ment of kid­ney dis­eases.

Kid­neyX aims to pre­vent kid­ney dis­eases while im­prov­ing the lives of the 850,000,000 peo­ple world­wide who are cur­rently af­fected by ac­cel­er­at­ing in­no­va­tion in the pre­ven­tion, di­ag­no­sis, and treat­ment of kid­ney dis­eases.

Kid­neyX will ad­dress the bar­ri­ers in­no­va­tors com­monly iden­tify as they look to bring new drugs and tech­nolo­gies in kid­ney care to mar­ket by pro­vid­ing merit-based, nondi­lu­tive fund­ing to promis­ing in­no­va­tors se­lected through a se­ries of prize com­pe­ti­tions; en­cour­ag­ing bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion across HHS with the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health (NIH), Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion (FDA), and the Cen­tres for Medi­care & Med­i­caid Ser­vices (CMS) in or­der to help clar­ify the path to­ward com­mer­cial­iza­tion; cre­at­ing a sense of ur­gency to de­velop new ther­a­pies.

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