Early Diagnosis of Kidney Disease CKD Through Innovative Technological Solutions


Challenge to the innovation ecosystem



Overview of the Condition 

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is defined by the presence of alterations in renal structure or function for a period of more than 3 months with health consequences, regardless of the cause. It is currently recognized as a major sociosanitary issue that requires a multidisciplinary and integrated approach. It is becoming increasingly relevant due to the morbidity and mortality associated with the patients affected. From a clinical point of view, early detection and diagnosis is essential, as it is a silent pathology, symptoms first start to manifest at advanced stages.

Challenge to the Innovation Ecosystem 

At AstraZeneca, we are convinced that technology can improve the prevention of future diseases. The capability of digital technologies to improve early diagnosis is already a reality, and the healthcare sector is rapidly evolving thanks to such disruptive technologies. The wide range of technologies available represent a natural call to action to ensure Chronic Kidney Disease early diagnosis, slowing its progression and ensuring rapid intervene of population at highest risk of CKD, including patients with type 2 diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease.
This Open innovation call aims to support the development of projects that, through technology, will help reduce the burden of Chronic Kidney Disease thanks to an early diagnosis. 

Do you want to respond to the challenge? 

Join us in our mission to shape the future of health care

Want be our next partner? If you have the ambition to improve the quality of life of patients around the world, we want to hear from you. Send your proposal!

Summary of the Open Call 

  1. Jun 8th, 2022

    Opening of the Call

  2. Sept 8th, 2022

    Application deadline

  3. Sept 20th, 2022

    Communication of shortlisted candidates

  4.  Oct 10th, 2022

    Pitch to the Selection Committee

  5. Oct 14th, 2022

    Communication of finalists

  6. Oct, 2022

    Selection of the winner


The winning project will be able to benefit from:

Funding and development of the pilot

Ad-hoc partnership with AstraZeneca Spain for the funding and development of the project pilot within the Spanish Healthcare System. €40,000 will be granted, primarily for the funding of the pilot. The partnership and the development of the pilot will be agreed on separate terms to this Call for Proposals.

Access and mentoring

Access to AstraZeneca Spain’s network of healthcare experts, opinion leaders and other health sector professionals who will guide the development of the project through mentoring sessions and advisory boards.

Business development

Business development opportunities through access to AstraZeneca Spain business units and professionals, by conducting meetings to discuss project opportunities and challenges.

Brand recognition

Brand recognition, dissemination and communication of the alliance and the project throughout the innovation ecosystem.


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