Awak Technologies CEO Suresha Venkataraya believes his company is on the cusp of revolutionising the field of kidney dialysis. Headquartered in Singapore, the medical technology (medtech) firm aims to improve the lives of dialysis patients and their caregivers with an on-the-go dialysis solution.
They have developed a machine — the Automated Wearable Artificial Kidney Peritoneal Dialysis (Awak PD) — which is no bigger than a handbag. It is now in the advanced engineering stage and could one day free patients from being hooked to a 20kg dialysis machine for hours.
Speaking to The Edge Singapore, Venkataraya says: “If you see a dialysis machine 50 years ago and if you see a device now, you won’t see a huge change except probably upgrades to the latest electronics and a 25% to 50% reduction in size. Still, the dialysis machine is very bulky and the plight of the patients is almost the same. So, I thought there’s a huge opportunity to disrupt the industry.”