Dialysis made accessible

 Dialysave is a startup company based in Montreal, Canada. Our mission is to provide widespread access to dialysis for patients suffering from End Stage Renal Disease, both locally and throughout the world. 



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Customized for developing nations

Our Team

Anya Pogharian

Alex Paun

Vivian Eberle

Shawana Habib

Jay Hennessy

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The Problem

1 in 10 people suffer from Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), worldwide. CKD patients who develop End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) need a type of renal replacement therapy (RRT) to filter their blood and survive. Patients have 3 options of RRT: kidney transplantation, peritoneal dialysis, and hemodialysis. Most patients are treated with hemodialysis - in fact, this represents 90% of dialysis patients.

The Need

In developing nations, only 10% of patients requiring RRT are able to undergo treatment. This is due to the cost of dialysis, and the high level of specialization required for treatment. Additionally, most dialysis centres are only located in urban settings.

The Solution

Dialysave addresses this issue with its hemodialysis machine that is customized for developing nations, while also being more affordable and user-friendly. This would enable greater access to dialysis in developing nations by making dialysis more simple to administer, and more widespread.  

Our Story 

Who we are

Dialysave is backed by a group of local and global experts in the field: nephrologists, dialysis technicians, engineers.


In high school, the main founder of Dialysave, Anya Pogharian, was a volunteer in the dialysis unit of a local hospital. This is when she noticed that many dialysis patients’ needs were not fulfilled – both locally and globally. As Anya’s interest and curiosity of the issue grew, she realized that many CKD patients still do not have access to any form of treatment.

Despite her relatively low knowledge of dialysis machines, Anya took on the ambitious goal of making a simple, user-friendly and affordable hemodialysis machine. After hours upon hours of research, trials, and interviews with specialists from local hospitals, she was able to make a first prototype. Eventually, she made a second prototype which was proven to be functional after tests conducted in partnership with Héma-Québec.  

In the past year, Dialysave™ was created alongside other people that are passionate to solve this global problem.

Anya’s hard work granted her top prizes at local science competitions, such as Science Fair. Due to her positive recognition, Anya’s story was featured in many media outlets. In 2016, she even had the opportunity to speak at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative alongside President Bill Clinton and the U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy.

Understanding the problem

Creating the solution


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