US Kidney Research Corp Unveils Breakthrough Ultrafilter Membrane for Dialysis

Summation

  • US Kidney Research Corporation (USKRC) is delighted to announce new groundbreaking research as part of a contract with the University of Arkansas (U of A) that has led to the development of an innovative ultrafiltration membrane with diverse filtering applications for both medical and non-medical devices.
  • The company has solidified its position as a leader in renal therapy research, earning prestigious recognition as a two-time winner of the KidneyX contest, sponsored by the American Society of Nephrology and the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  • USKRC’s founder and CEO Roland Ludlow, revealed that the corporation intends to explore sublicensing partnerships both domestically and internationally, with the aim of expediting the introduction of this cutting-edge membrane technology to the market, enabling its use in dialysis and other relevant applications.

US Kidney Research Corporation (USKRC) is delighted to announce new groundbreaking research as part of a contract with the University of Arkansas (U of A) that has led to the development of an innovative ultrafiltration membrane with diverse filtering applications for both medical and non-medical devices.

This remarkable ultrafilter membrane for dialysis represents a significant advancement, particularly in the field of dialyzers, the blood filtration device used in hemodialysis machines to remove toxins, where it promises improved dialysis performance and enhanced ultrafiltration flux.

The recently published research in Scientific Reports (Sci Rep 2023 Jul 20;13(1):11703) unveils a novel membrane created through a tempo cellulosic oxidation process and cast using ionic liquids. Notably, the membrane showcases exceptional biocompatibility, the ability to clear potential uremic toxins, and excellent stability. Its unique structure, characterized by the alignment of fibers after casting, leads to an extraordinarily high flux and substantial BSA rejection in ultrafiltration mode, surpassing the performance of traditional dialysis membranes. “We were highly impressed by the membrane’s behavior and performance; the fiber alignment in the final structure allows for superior functionality compared to conventional dialysis membranes,” expressed Jamie Hestekin, one of the lead researchers at U of A.

As part of this concerted effort, USKRC has secured worldwide rights for the patented U of A membrane in all biomedical applications. USKRC’s founder and CEO Roland Ludlow, revealed that the corporation intends to explore sublicensing partnerships both domestically and internationally, with the aim of expediting the introduction of this cutting-edge membrane technology to the market, enabling its use in dialysis and other relevant applications.

Dr. Ira Kurtz, Chief of Nephrology at UCLA, who is an author on the Scientific Reports paper and serves as the lead medical/scientific advisor to USKRC commented….

“This new membrane chemistry could be a game changer in the care of renal patients”.

USKRC is actively engaged in several other research projects, including the development of a waterless portable blood purifying device that could potentially replace current dialysis machines, an implantable artificial kidney, and a coating to prevent blood coagulation within medical device tubing and catheters. The company has solidified its position as a leader in renal therapy research, earning prestigious recognition as a two-time winner of the KidneyX contest, sponsored by the American Society of Nephrology and the US Department of Health and Human Services. Monetary awards for KidneyX were generously provided by the US Congress and the American Society of Nephrology.

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