Morteza Ahmadi

Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Qidni Labs Inc

479 Jessie St, San Francisco, California, United States
Qidni Labs Inc
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Last Updated 9/11/2017

General Information

Employment History

Research Assistant - Biomedical Engineering  - Advanced Micro/Nano Devices Lab


Ph.D  - UW

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Morteza Ahmadi
Founder and CEO of Qidni Labs

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QidniLabs:Pitched by Dr. Morteza Ahmadi, Founder and CEO, QidniLabs is working on creating an implantable renal replacement therapy (artificial kidney) for over 2 million patients with End Stage Renal Disease.

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Morteza Ahmadi, founder of Quidni Labs
Morteza Ahmadi and his startup company Qidni Labs have received an amazing new grant from the CSA "We wanted to build an artificial kidney," Morteza Ahmadi explained when describing how he got the idea for his company's nano-filters. "We looked at three properties needed for a filtration system that would work when implanted in a patient: durability, compatibility, and core size in the nano range. Coincidently, these three very important properties are what attracted the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) to Qidni Labs. Qidni Labs was founded by Morteza Ahmadi who received his Ph.D from UW and developed his company in the fall of 2014 with the help of the Velocity Science lab at the University of Waterloo. The Nano Filters The nano filtration technology developed by Ahmadi and his small team was never their clear goal. "We kind of started looking into creating these filters by finding a problem, working on it, and finding a solution that has other applications as well," Ahmadi said. The problem they settled on was kidney failure leading to having an artificial transplant or hemodialysis, a process in which the blood is filtered in a similar way to how a kidney would filter it naturally. "We knew the properties needed, but there was no solution out there," Ahmadi recalled when speaking of the challenges they faced. Kidneys are remarkable filtration devices and were the inspiration behind their solution - to learn how to mimic this incredible biological filtration artificially. After extensive research and a few trials, they eventually settled on a nanotechnology in which they were able to make incredibly small filters with pores similar to those of a kidney - about 7.2 nanometers. The CSA and Looking Ahead In December 2014 the CSA (Canadian Space Agency) awarded Qidni Labs a $200,000 grant to develop their filters for use on the ISS (International Space Station) which put a bit of a twist in Ahmadi's original business plans for the company. "This is something very new ... and we have big plans on how to use it. We definitely want to expand the team so if there are any students interested in the project, I would suggest they contact me. We also want to focus on making really, really, good filters," he remarked. Ahmadi explained how they fit into the CSA's interests: "We just submit reports to them and keep them updated on the filters. The filters' true potential lies in Ahmadi's original three properties: durability, compatibility, and their ability to control the core size in the nanometer range. Mainly, the CSA is interested in durability. "Space is a harsh environment with radiation so they want something that will last for a long time." In terms of how this will play out with their future business plans, Ahmadi stated that "if we find new applications for space with these filters - that's a new market and we can license the new technology. Ahmadi said.

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