Following the Heart: Building an Artificial Kidney by Applying Lessons from the Artificial Heart and Pancreas

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Bioartificial organs have become viable therapies for life threatening diseases thanks to new discoveries in cell engineering, nanotechnology and disease pathways. Kidney disease, a public health crisis impacting 37 million Americans, is a field ripe to benefit from new technology. More than 700,000 Americans live with kidney failure. Today, their treatment options are limited - dialysis or transplant.

Artificial kidney development is in its infancy, and the artificial heart and artificial pancreas provide helpful roadmaps. This session will explore the development of the artificial heart and artificial pancreas and elucidate lessons today’s innovators can apply to the artificial kidney.
Moderator
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Acting Vice President Research, Discovery and Innovation
American Society of Nephrology
Speakers
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Chair, Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX) Steering Committee
Cleveland Clinic
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Founding Partner
Convergency
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Advisor, Immediate Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Professor, Bioengineering
University of California, San Diego
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Acting Vice President Research, Discovery and Innovation
American Society of Nephrology