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Revolutionary kidney dialysis machine wins inaugural Design Entrepreneur Awards

A design student from the University of NSW has been awarded top prize at this year’s inaugural Design Entrepreneur Awards, for his life saving, dialysis machine – which helps treat people with kidney problems in remote locations.

Marcus Lee, a recent Industrial Design graduate from the University of New South Wales, is the inventor of the Vita Heamodialysis Machine. Vita is a haemodialysis machine that both simplifies and makes more accessible, life-sustaining treatment to kidney failure sufferers in remote regions.

It revolutionises the dialysis landscape by allowing treatment to occur without expensive infrastructure or extensive training. Vita breaks traditional haemodialysis treatment barriers and provides patients the solution they deserve.

The result is a treatment solution that reduces human resources, lowers costs and greatly enhances the patient experience. This new system also reduces government expenditure on this heavily subsidised treatment, benefiting society and the economy as a whole.

The Design Entrepreneur Awards, new this year to the Good Design Awards Festival, is a joint partnership between Good Design Australia and business accelerator CtechBA. It’s an innovative commercialisation platform for designers, engineers and entrepreneurs who have an idea for a new product or service that is at a pre-commercialisation stage.

Two entries were awarded Runner Up Awards:

Farm-R: Autonomous Farm System, designed by Owen Bawden and the FARM-R team from the University of Queensland, and

Sonder E-Inc Keyboard, designed by Francisco Serra-Martins from Sonder Design PtyLtd.

The overall winner receives $25,000 pro-bono work by CtechBA to build the commercialisation strategy and plan, including mentoring while Runners Up receive $5,000 pro-bono work to asses top level go to market planning and mentoring, bringing the total value of the Awards to $45,000 of in-kind work.

The Jury Panel included:

Nigel Hennessy, Chairman of CtechBA Pty Ltd

Karl Sussebach, Principal of CtechBA Pty Ltd

Robert Tiller, CEO of Tiller Design Pty Ltd

Vickie Edwards, Business Development – Healthcare and Innovation, Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia

Albert Xie, President of SinoBioway Fund

Bill Trestrail, Board Member of Springboard Enterprises Australia

Nigel Hennessy, Chairman of CtechBA said he was delighted with the quality of the entries and their various international applications. “The Vita Haemodialysis Machine was chosen by the judges as being the entry which best suited our mantra ‘Making Lives Better’,” he said.

“It was an extremely strong field with many projects showing great market potential.

“Overall the event was a major success and we displayed some exceptional high-technology with the ability to become commercially very successful over

the next few years. However this competition was about ‘Making lives Better’ and all of the finalists fitted very well under that banner.”

View the 2016 Winner, Runners Up and Finalists HERE