LAUSANNE, Switzerland and SINGAPORE, October 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Debiotech SA, Switzerland, and AWAK Technologies Pte Ltd., Singapore, announced today that they have entered into a partnership agreement regarding the development and manufacturing of a novel miniaturized Home Hemodialysis machine intended to serve the growing need for homecare treatment of patients suffering from end-stage renal disease. This new system will be based on Debiotech's highly miniaturized Home dialysis equipment "DialEase[TM]", developed for Home Peritoneal dialysis, and AWAK's novel sorbent technology for fluid purification. The combination of both companies' product expertise will lead to a new system which shall be extremely small and convenient to use, less intrusive in a patient's life and more cost effective. This new system will also require much less fluid than conventional Hemodialysis machines and will be monitored in real time from the hospital via the cloud.
"This collaboration agreement is based on the ideal synergy between the innovative fluid purification system developed by AWAK and our existing Home dialysis machine, DialEase[TM]," says Dr. Frederic Neftel, President and CEO of Debiotech. "Our common vision is to make available to patients, in a relative short period of time, the most integrated and cost-effective machine for Home Hemodialysis. By using our DialEase[TM] system, which features today's smallest and most convenient system for Home peritoneal dialysis, we will be able to bring optimal comfort, safety and independance to patients preferring to benefit from Hemodialysis treatment at Home. By using the sorbent fluid purification cartridge from AWAK, we will be able to save a significant amount of fluid, simplify the entire logistics and radically reduce the size of the final system, contributing also to overall cost savings. Such development of a Home Hemodialysis version of DialEase[TM], with the sorbent purification system for the dialysate, will require both parties' active involvement and significant investments which are today justified by the significant opportunity of addressing the unmet need for a safe, cost effective and convenient Hemodialysis therapy method at Home. As a result, we hope to significantly change the Quality of Life for many patients suffering from End Stage Renal Failure and contribute to the reduction of healthcare costs."
"DialEase[TM], which has been conceived to address most of the Homecare specific treatment issues (such as ease of use, safety, convenience, transportability, compliance etc...), is an ideal platform for the development of other treatment modalities, such as Home Hemodialysis," says Laurent-Dominique Piveteau, Business Development Director at Debiotech. "The specific Home Hemodialysis version will take most of the existing features and benefits from the DialEase[TM] PD machine, while adding a newly designed blood circulation part and a specific interconnection with the sorbent cartridge from AWAK. The final device will only be slightly bigger than the PD version, making it easily transportable, while increasing convenience of use and adding safety features specifically required for Home Hemodialysis."