liberDi is developing a portable, automatic system that significantly reduces the burden of performing peritoneal dialysis (PD).
The market seeks an effective, easy-to-use dialysis solution for improved treatment benefits and reduced health care costs.
The lightweight liberDi system gives patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) the opportunity to perform PD anywhere or anytime – home, office, vacation – for increased freedom of movement and greatly improved quality of life.
The automatic system offers easy setup and maintenance and is expected to reduce treatment time and infection rates. liberDi’s system provides the opportunity for more patients to use and benefit from PD treatment.
The results: improved patient satisfaction, improved treatment outcomes, and reduced health care costs.
Founded: December 2016 (incubated)
Stage: Technology development
Investors: The Trendlines Group, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Achievement: Completed alpha product
In the media: liberDi in BioTuesdays
ESRD is characterized by a drop in kidney function below 10% of normal. Treatment involves kidney transplant or dialysis.
Currently, dialysis is performed at a dialysis center by means of an artificial kidney (hemodialyzer) in four-hour sessions, three times per week. In some cases, dialysis can be performed at home on a daily basis using the patient’s peritoneal membrane (of the abdomen) to act as a blood filter.
Imagine that at-home PD is the standard. For patients, it eliminates the need to travel to dialysis centers and provides flexibility to maintain everyday work and activities. For the health care system, PD presents a more affordable treatment modality. Yet only 11% of patients receive dialysis at home.
Unfortunately, current PD systems are bulky and suffer from a particularly cumbersome setup and complicated regimen. They may also increase the risk of peritonitis.
Worldwide, 3.3 million people suffer from ESRD. This number continues to grow due to an aging population, and rise of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. According to Markets and Markets, the global dialysis market was $61 billion in 2013, with a CAGR of 6.2% over the next five years.
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