“What we are trying to do is mimic the natural kidney,” said Shuvo Roy, a scientist at UCSF.
The device is the size of a coffee cup. It takes the blood, processes it, and generates a waste fluid like urine, Roy said.
“The device is able to provide the functions of a kidney, and we hope when it’s ultimately developed it will be a permanent implant,” he said.
Patients also won’t need immunosuppressant drugs, causing fewer side effects and less risk of infection, researchers said.