Updated on 17 May 2012
With continuous dialysis, patient's health is improved and they are able to work and live like any healthy person. The total amount of dialysate used per week in hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD) are 360 liters and 70 liters. AWAK system uses only 750ml per month because of its sorbent technology that is able to recycle the dialysate (dialysis water). It reduces more than 60 percent of the dialysis fluid weight carried by current peritoneal dialysis patients, and more than 90 percent of the overall dialysis fluid used per day.
AWAK would be a "disruptive" technology to the industry as this would be the first-ever product to change the lifestyle of dialysis patients. The dialysis machine and consumable industry was about $68 billion in 2010 and is expected to grow at eight percent annually.
Home dialysis allows the industry to eliminate the need for expensive dialysis centers, reducing in-center equipment and infrastructure maintenance costs and minimizing nursing manpower.
"We raised $3 million to set up the company in order to cover the technology development, and are supported by government grants and collaboration supports from Temasek Polytechnic. Our unique technology collaboration formula with local institutions allows us to start lean," said Mr Neo Kok Beng, CEO, AWAK Technologies.
In developing countries, many patients do not receive treatment or drop out due to financial constraints. To support the emerging market, AWAK Technologies is developing a scaled down version of AWAK. The low-cost solution will be used for night dialysis. This therapy allows the immediate deployment and scaling up of treatments for emerging economies that lack infrastructure and trained manpower.