Winning innovations include:
“Competitions like this are designed to advance promising pediatric device projects to enter the market,” said Peter Kim, MD, CM, PhD, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation. “Ultimately, the success of our program is measured by market availability of devices designed for and tested in children, and we consult and support innovators who are passionate about children’s wellbeing.”
“The NCC-PDI competition furthers the Consortium’s commitment to foster collaboration and entrepreneurship to catalyze medical device development for children,” said William E. Bentley, PhD, Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. “The groups taking part in this competition recognize that many of the health problems impacting children today cannot be solved using the same devices or treatment options that are available to adult populations. Even more, the solutions put forth by these innovators further demonstrate how today’s bioengineers are uniquely positioned to improve quality of life for patients who may have once believed treatment was out of reach.”
In addition to the competition, this year’s event included a progress update from the 2014 awardees and a pediatric device innovation expo. Attendees also got an inside look at the rapid prototyping lab at the University of Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech), an initiative helping to build university-company partnerships, and the Startup Shell, a multidisciplinary collaborative community of innovators designed to support the needs of student entrepreneurs on campus.
National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) is funded through FDA’s Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Program. Formed in 2013, the Consortium provides infrastructure support and expert consultation on pediatric medical device development throughout the development lifecycle — concept formation, prototyping, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing, and commercialization.
For more information about the NCC-PDI, visit www.innovate4kids.org.
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