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Our second MedTech competition launches with a focus on dialysis

12 September 2022

Following the success of last year’s MedTech competition, we are excited to launch a brand-new competition which will focus solely on innovations in the field of dialysis. 

Six awards worth £30,000 each are available to UK based teams working to transform dialysis treatments.  

In collaboration with In-PART’s Discovery platform, this year’s competition will encourage scientists, academics, engineers and technology experts alike to propose dialysis-related innovations.   

Patient having dialysis at Addenbrookes Hospital
Patient having dialysis at Addenbrookes Hospital

What are we looking for?

Submissions are welcome for patient-focused innovations in peritoneal or haemodialysis that include but are not limited to: advancing equipment, monitoring, and access to treatments at clinics, in the community and at home; reducing the cost of the treatment; reducing the environmental impacts of the treatment process.  

As well as the more traditional academic routes of innovation, we are also encouraging app and software developers to submit their ideas to challenge for the funding.      

Why dialysis?

Dr Kirsty Frearson, dialysis programme manager at Kidney Research UK, explained: “Dialysis is a harsh and gruelling treatment that has a significant impact on the lives of the patient and everyone around them. Introduced to the NHS in the 1950s, the principles and limiting nature of the treatment remain largely unchanged.”  

Kirsty continued, “With the support of engineers, academics, and those at the forefront of technological development, we can bring about meaningful change that will make the differences patients need. These innovations will bring hope to everyone facing dialysis as part of our vision to transform the treatment forever.”   

What does the funding include?

A total of six successful applicants will receive £25,000 to progress their innovations and will be enrolled into a bespoke academy programme worth £5,000.  

This programme provides innovators with practical knowledge to drive their products forward, identify marketing opportunities and operate as a start-up. Formed of six hours of starter sessions and eight further days of workshops and training, the academy programme offers a unique opportunity for applicants to develop their business skills as well as fund their product research.  

How to apply

Applications for the competition must be completed by Monday 7 November 2022 and submitted by a UK-based lead applicant. To apply, simply register on the IN-PART Discovery platform and complete the form on the website.

Find out more about the competition and including information on how to apply.

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