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LifeGift Shines at National Kidney Foundation’s 50th Anniversary Innovation Expo with Matador UAS Consortium

July 22, 2023

The National Kidney Foundation’s Innovation Expo recently convened in a momentous event, commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Medicare End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) program. A celebration of five decades of progress in kidney disease care and prevention, the Expo brought together esteemed healthcare professionals, researchers and innovators to highlight innovative technologies and initiatives revolutionizing kidney care for millions of patients.

Amidst the array of distinguished attendees, LifeGift stood tall as the sole organ procurement organization invited to participate in the Expo. LifeGift’s legacy of groundbreaking work in organ donation and transplantation has saved countless lives and improved outcomes for patients awaiting life-changing transplants. The organization’s invitation to the event underscored their exceptional commitment to advancing kidney care and transplantation.

During the Expo, LifeGift presented on the Matador Unmanned Aerial Systems Consortium, an exclusive platform for a select few entities to unveil their groundbreaking innovation projects. The Matador Consortium is at the forefront of leveraging unmanned aerial systems (UAS) technology to revolutionize organ transportation. The Matador UAS Consortium research aims to mitigate risks to biological materials and streamline organ transfer through efficient use of drones in dedicated flight corridors that are not heavily impacted by conventional air traffic limitations.

“LifeGift’s presence at the Expo highlighted our commitment to advancing kidney treatment and transplantation,” says Lauren Quinn, LifeGift vice president of external relations. “By fostering innovation and pioneering initiatives like the Matador UAS Consortium, LifeGift continues to contribute to improving patient outcomes and advancing the field of organ transplantation. LifeGift’s participation served as a testament to the organization’s dedication to saving lives through the generous gift of organ donation.”

The Expo served as a catalyst for collaboration and inspiring further improvements in kidney care. LifeGift’s presence, alongside other pioneering entities, promises a brighter future for advancements that have revolutionized treatment options for individuals with kidney failure. As we celebrate the impact of 50 years of the Medicare ESRD program, this event reaffirms our collective commitment to innovation and compassion, offering hope and healing to those in need.