Bussum-based Nextkidney, a medtech company, has announced that it has developed the world’s first portable hemodialysis device: Neokidney.
According to the Dutch company, Neokidney is in the final stages of development and is expected to launch in the Netherlands in 2024. The company already started safety testing in Singapore in April this year and is planning clinical trials in France and the Netherlands this fall.
These steps are necessary for market approval in Europe, followed by the United States.
Next kidney: making hemodialysis treatment accessible
When kidney damage progresses to kidney failure, patients have two treatment options: kidney transplant or dialysis.
Every year, 2.8 million people worldwide undergo dialysis treatment. However, hemodialysis is extremely demanding in terms of time commitment and intensity, and has a dramatic impact on a kidney patient’s life.
Next kidney is an initiative of the Kidney Foundation to increase the freedom and quality of life of patients.
To improve the lifestyle of patients with kidney failure, the company has developed Neokidney in collaboration with health insurers CZ, Zilveren Kruis and Menzis and professional developers to enable patients to undergo dialysis independently.
Joep de Groot, CEO of CZ: “We are investing in the portable artificial kidney and its introduction in healthcare because we believe that the portable artificial kidney will dramatically improve the lives of kidney patients. The portable artificial kidney also reduces healthcare costs, partly because it requires less deployment of scarce medical personnel. This unique dialysis device helps to keep healthcare in the Netherlands widely accessible to everyone.”
Nextkidney claims to give patients freedom, improve their quality of life and increase their life expectancy. In addition, the costs of the treatment decrease, because less care support and dialysis fluid is required.
The ‘Neokidney’ development is taking place in Nextkidney’s laboratories in Lausanne and Singapore.
To accelerate the market launch, Oneplanetcrowd has launched a crowdfunding campaign for Nextkidney to raise €1M to €5M. At the time of writing this article, it has raised €1.9 million from 760 financiers.