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  • Published In : May 2024
  • Code : CMI6938
  • Pages :146
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  • Industry : Medical Devices

Market Size and Trends

Global wearable artificial kidney market is estimated to be valued at USD 9.11 Bn in 2024 and is expected to reach USD 22.46 Bn by 2031, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 13.8% from 2024 to 2031.

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market Key Factors

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Conventional dialysis requires patients to remain immobile during treatment, thus, negatively impacting quality of life. Wearable artificial kidneys could allow for portability and mobility, enabling dialysis to be administered at home or anywhere. This flexibility may address issues like long wait times for transplants by providing an alternative treatment option. As technology improves, wearable devices may meet the growing demand for kidney replacement therapies.

Market Driver – Rising Incidences of Kidney Diseases

Due to rising prevalence of chronic diseases such as diabetes and hypertension across both developed and developing nations, there has been rise in the incidences of kidney diseases as well. These chronic diseases are primary causes of end-stage renal diseases (ESRD), commonly known as kidney failure, where the kidneys permanently and severely lose their ability to function. According to estimates, approximately 750,000 patients suffer from ESRD globally, and the numbers are steadily increasing every year. Conventional treatment for ESRD involves costly kidney dialysis or kidney transplant, both of which have significant limitations and risks. While dialysis is a lifelong dependency for patients, transplant options are scarce due to lack of availability of donor kidneys. A wearable artificial kidney can potentially revolutionize the treatment landscape by offering patients an alternative which does not require dialysis or transplants. It would mimic the filtration functions of natural kidneys and allow continuous blood filtration outside of hospital settings. This could help to overcome limitations of current options and improve quality of life of ESRD patients. As the number of underlying reasons increases, there is an increasing demand for a workable therapy substitute. Wearable artificial kidney could witness strong demand in the coming years due to growing prevalence of kidney failure patient pool worldwide.

Market Concentration and Competitive Landscape

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market Concentration By Players

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Potential Cost Savings from Reduced Dialysis Dependency

Kidney dialysis, which is the current standard of care for ESRD patients, poses a huge financial burden on healthcare systems globally. It requires patients to visit dialysis centers thrice every week for hours-long treatment sessions through their lifetime. The average annual cost of dialysis therapy per patient ranges anywhere between US$ 70,000 to US$ 90,000 depending on nation and healthcare system. In the long run, lifetime costs of dialysis add up to massive figures and place unsustainable pressure on payers. A fully functioning wearable artificial kidney offers potential to reduce or eliminate dialysis dependency, and can result in huge cost savings for patients as well as private and public insurers.

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market Key Takeaways From Lead Analyst

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Market Challenge – Stringent Regulatory Guidelines

 Regulatory bodies across the world have very high standards and strict protocols for approval of any new medical device or technology that interacts with the human body. Developing a wearable artificial kidney is an extremely complex task involving biomedical engineering as well as organ tissue regeneration. Such pathbreaking medical innovations require extensive research and testing to confirm long term safety and efficacy.

Market Opportunity – Increasing Research and Development Investments

Increasing adoption of inorganic growth strategies such as investments is expected to offer lucrative growth opportunities for the market growth. For instance, in January 2023, Nextkidney, a medical equipment company, announced that it had raised US$ 4.39 Mn for the development of portable artificial kidney.

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market By Disease Stage

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Insights, By Disease Stage: Advancements in kidney care drives the acute renal disease segment growth

Disease Stage segment  is sub-segmented into acute renal disease and end-stage renal disease. Acute renal disease  segment is estimated to hold 62.4% of the market share in 2024 as   advancements in medical technology and care have improved diagnosis and treatment for acute conditions. Doctors can now better identify risk factors for acute renal failure and monitor kidney function closely to prevent long-term damage. The development of effective medications and therapies also allows many cases to be resolved without transitioning to end-stage disease. The transient nature of acute conditions means that patients require ongoing but short-term therapy, and this makes  wearable artificial kidneys quite suitable for this condition.

Insights, By Dialysis Type: Suitable Insurance Factors

Dialysis Type segment is sub-segmented into hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis. Hemodialysis  segment is estimated to hold 57.1% of the market share in 2024, owing to insurance factors. Hemodialysis requires frequent yet predictable treatment schedule, making costs easier for private and public plans to cover. Most nationalized healthcare programs now include hemodialysis under basic benefits packages. In contrast, peritoneal dialysis is a complex self-administered method with higher supply costs and many insurers hesitate to reimburse all associated expenses upfront. It also provides clinicians more flexibility to prescribe the modality best matching individual clinical needs, without regard to insurance hassles. Overall, stable reimbursement drives preference for hemodialysis and boosts the potential market for wearable artificial kidneys supporting home-based use of this dialysis type.

Insights, By End User: Aging Population Favors Hospital Adoption

End User segment is sub-segmented into hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, dialysis centers, others. hospitals sub-segment is estimated to hold 38.5% of the market share in 2024, owing to demographic factors. Aging population worldwide increases the prevalence of chronic kidney diseases that often require dialysis. Elderly and frail patients often feel more comfortable receiving such intensive therapy within hospitals, where monitoring and immediate intervention are readily available should complications arise. Hospitals also maintain the infrastructure, expertise and regulatory compliance needed for disciplines like nephrology that involve complex procedures and strict safety protocols.

Regional Insights

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market Regional Insights

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North America remains the dominant region in the global wearable artificial kidney market and is estimated to hold 43.2% of the market share in 2024. The presence of major manufacturers in the U.S and Canada such as SB-KAWASUMI LABORATORIES, INC., AWAK Technologies and others have provided definite advantage to the  region over others. These companies have invested heavily in R&D over the years to develop advanced technologies related to wearable dialysis devices.

Asia Pacific market is witnessing fastest growth and emerging as new hotspot for wearable artificial kidney manufacturers. Countries like India, China and Japan are increasingly recognizing the burden of chronic kidney disorders With growing medical expenditures, Asia Pacific presents lucrative prospects, especially for small domestic players. Some giants are also shifting their focus towards markets like India for its large pool of kidney patients and growing preference towards wearable healthcare solutions. This makes Asia Pacific the fastest growing regional market for wearable kidney devices worldwide.

Market Report Scope

Global Wearable Artificial Kidney Market Report Coverage

Report Coverage Details
Base Year: 2023 Market Size in 2024: US$ 9.11 Bn
Historical Data for: 2019 to 2023 Forecast Period: 2024 To 2031
Forecast Period 2024 to 2031 CAGR: 13.8% 2031 Value Projection: US$ 22.46 Bn
Geographies covered:
  • North America: U.S., Canada
  • Latin America: Brazil, Argentina, Mexico, Rest of Latin America
  • Europe: Germany, U.K., Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific: China, India, Japan, Australia, South Korea, ASEAN, Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Middle East: GCC, Israel, Rest of Middle East
  • Africa: South Africa, North Africa, Central Africa
Segments covered:
  • By Disease Stage: Acute Renal Disease and End-stage Renal Disease
  • By Dialysis Type: Hemodialysis and Peritoneal dialysis
  • By End User: Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Dialysis Centers, and Others 
Companies covered:

B. Braun SE, AWAK Technologies, Blood Purification Technologies Inc., Nextkidney, Triomed AB, SB-KAWASUMI LABORATORIES, INC., Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd., Nanodialysis BV, Semperit AG Holding, KidneyX

Growth Drivers:
  • Rising Incidences of Kidney Diseases
  • Potential Cost Savings from Reduced Dialysis Dependency
Restraints & Challenges:
  • Stringent Regulatory Guidelines
  • Risk of Complications

Key Developments

  • In June 2023, AWAK Technologies, a medical technology company, and Singapore General Hospital (SGH) announced the launch of a pre-pivotal clinical trial with the enrolment of their first subject to study the safety and efficacy of an improved Automated Wearable Artificial Kidney Peritoneal Dialysis (AWAK PD) device.
  • In August 2022, The Kidney Innovation Accelerator (KidneyX), a public-private partnership between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the American Society of Nephrology to accelerate innovation in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of kidney diseases, announced the funding of US$ 10.5 Mn in funding for the further development of a fully functional bioartificial kidney.
  • *Definition: Wearable artificial kidney is a portable, lightweight device designed to provide continuous dialysis treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease, mimicking the functions of a healthy human kidney. The WAK can be ergonomically adapted to the patient's body for maximum comfort while being worn. The entire device weighs less than 10 pounds, operates on 9-volt batteries, and uses less than 400 ml of fluid.

Market Segmentation

  •  Disease Stage Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Acute Renal Disease
    • End-stage Renal Disease
  •  Dialysis Type Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Hemodialysis
    • Peritoneal dialysis
  •  End User Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • Hospitals
    • Ambulatory Surgical Centers
    • Dialysis Centers
    • Others
  • Regional Insights (Revenue, USD Bn, 2019 - 2031)
    • North America
      • U.S.
      • Canada
    • Latin America
      • Brazil
      • Argentina
      • Mexico
      • Rest of Latin America
    • Europe
      • Germany
      • U.K.
      • Spain
      • France
      • Italy
      • Russia
      • Rest of Europe
    • Asia Pacific
      • China
      • India
      • Japan
      • Australia
      • South Korea
      • ASEAN
      • Rest of Asia Pacific
    • Middle East
      • GCC
      • Israel
      • Rest of Middle East
      • Africa
      • South Africa
      • North Africa
      • Central Africa
  • Key Players Insights
    • B. Braun SE
    • AWAK Technologies
    • Blood Purification Technologies Inc.
    • Nextkidney 
    • Triomed AB
    • Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd.
    • Nanodialysis BV
    • Semperit AG Holding 
    • KidneyX

Frequently Asked Questions

The CAGR of global wearable artificial kidney market is projected to be 13.8% from 2024 to 2031.

Rising incidences of kidney diseases and potential cost savings from reduced dialysis dependency are the major factors driving the growth of global wearable artificial kidney market.

Stringent regulatory guidelines and risk of complications are the major factors hampering the growth of global wearable artificial kidney market.

In terms of disease stage, acute renal disease segment is  estimated to dominate the market in 2024.

Braun SE, AWAK Technologies, Blood Purification Technologies Inc., Nextkidney, Triomed AB, SB-KAWASUMI LABORATORIES, INC., Asahi Kasei Medical Co., Ltd., Nanodialysis BV, Semperit AG Holding, KidneyX are the major players.

North America is expected to lead the global wearable artificial kidney market over the forecast period.

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