RenalytixAI, a developer of artificial intelligence-enabled diagnostics for kidney disease, announced the completion of a joint venture partnership agreement with AKESOgen, an industry-leading commercial laboratory facility and provider of clinical trial precision medicine services located in Atlanta, Georgia.
AKESOgen brings a state-of-the-art 14,000 square foot CLIA1 certified and CAP2 accredited laboratory facility that enables RenalytixAI to immediately scale operations to support additional business partnerships on a variable-cost basis without incurring additional fixed overhead. RENX AI Labs provides RenalytixAI with further operations outside of its recently configured New York City-based clinical laboratory operations in JLABS, a Johnson & Johnson Innovation center.
The joint venture, named RENX AI Labs, LLC, significantly expands the operational capacity available to RenalytixAI. RENX AI Labs will provide services directly to health systems and pharmaceutical companies located in all regions of the United States. The joint venture enables RenalytixAI to support prospective revenue-generating contract research, clinical diagnostic and clinical trial services that are part of the Company’s core business model with KidneyIntelXTM and other products under development.
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RENX AI Labs will help support the programs of pharmaceutical companies by applying AI-enabled diagnostics, beginning with KidneyIntelX, which is currently undergoing clinical validation, to improve patient characterization3 and enrich targeting of patients for drug clinical trials for renal disease. Better identification and characterization of enrolled patients has the potential to reduce trial cost and duration, and increases the likelihood of reaching successful outcomes. RENX AI Labs also has the capability to develop companion diagnostics under stringent quality-control processes.
About Kidney Disease
Kidney disease is now recognized as a public health epidemic affecting over 850 million people globally. In the United States alone, over 40 million people are classified as having chronic kidney disease, with nearly 50 percent of individuals with advanced (Stage IV) disease unaware of the severity of their reduced kidney function. As a result, many patients progress to kidney failure in an unplanned manner, ending up having dialysis in the emergency room without ever seeing a clinical specialist, such as a nephrologist. Every day 13 patients die in the United States while waiting for a kidney transplant and an estimated $114 billion is spent annually treating chronic kidney disease in the US.