FDA Grant and Gift from Entrepreneur Provide $250K in Awards for Pediatric Medical Device Competition Focused on COVID-19 Innovations


Digital level of competition staged by Nationwide Funds Consortium for Pediatric Machine Innovation (NCC-PDI) now accepting programs for equipment addressing COVID-19 desires


June 17, 2020

WASHINGTON –  As clinical information ever more highlights the really serious impact of COVID-19 on children’s overall health, the Nationwide Funds Consortium for Pediatric Machine Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces a unique pitch level of competition concentrated on COVID-19-similar pediatric clinical equipment that help house overall health monitoring and telehealth, and make improvements to sustainability, resiliency and readiness in diagnosing and treating youngsters in the course of a pandemic.
 
Submissions for the level of competition are currently being accepted now by means of Mon., July six, at the NCC-PDI internet site, Innovate4Kids.org, where comprehensive aspects can be located. The level of competition is led by NCC-PDI co-founders the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s Nationwide Hospital and the A. James Clark College of Engineering at the College of Maryland and run by nonprofit accelerator and NCC-PDI member, MedTech Innovator. The finals in the digital pitch event will be held on July 20, 2020. Winners will just about every get a grant award of up to $50,000. 
 
“Despite early experiences that COVID-19 posed a lot less of a danger to youngsters, a new study printed by Children’s Nationwide reveals that considerable quantities of pediatric clients are hospitalized and grow to be critically sick from the ailment,” claims Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., M.B.A, P.M.P, vice president and chief innovation officer at Children’s Nationwide and principal investigator of NCC-PDI. “Innovation in children’s clinical equipment consistently lags guiding that of grown ups and we need to have to adjust that if we are to confront the obstacle to children’s overall health of COVID-19 and potential pandemics.” 

Funding for the level of competition is manufactured achievable by a grant from the  Food stuff and Drug Administration (Food and drug administration) and a philanthropic gift from Mei Xu, founder of e-commerce platform Sure She May possibly, a site committed to girls-owned models. The creator of productive global organizations, Mei Xu is also a mother who understands the value of pediatric specialty treatment and would like to motivate innovators who are creating solutions that can make improvements to children’s health care. 

“My spouse and children and I understand the value of ongoing improvements in pediatric health care and we are very pleased to associate with Children’s Nationwide on this effort and hard work,” claims Xu. “This is a unique opportunity to gas the do the job of amazing business owners as they establish clinical equipment that can make a big difference for youngsters everywhere you go.”

Along with grant funding, just one company from the level of competition will be chosen by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS to get a just one-yr residency at JLABS @ Washington, D.C., which will be located on the new Children’s Nationwide Analysis & Innovation Campus currently below building. In addition to the 2021 JLABS residency,  the awardee will have obtain to the JLABS group and specialist mentoring by the Johnson & Johnson spouse and children of firms. “We imagine that supporting the group of innovators and business owners throughout the D.C. metropolitan space can foster new strategies and progress opportunity vital breakthroughs for youngsters, so vital in the time of COVID-19 and further than,” claims Sally Allain, head of JLABS @ Washington, D.C. 

Industry experts at the College of Maryland, where COVID-19 assignments ranging from improved PPE to improved virus tests are in development, motivate device innovators to be aware of how their innovation can at this time, or with adaptation, serve children’s desires. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic poses several new challenges to our health care program and it is vitally significant that we concentrate resources and help on the unique desires of pediatric clients,” claims William E. Bentley, Ph.D., Robert E. Fischell distinguished professor and director of the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Gadgets at the College of Maryland. “Innovation in pediatric health care would make an exponential big difference due to the fact, by positively impacting the lives of youngsters, we positively have an impact on the lives of their households and caregivers as properly.” 
 
NCC-PDI is just one of 5 associates in the FDA’s Pediatric Machine Consortia Grant Method developed to help the advancement and commercialization of clinical equipment for youngsters, which lags drastically guiding the development of adult clinical equipment. Along with Children’s Nationwide,  College of Maryland and Medtech Innovator, NCC-PDI associates contain accelerator BioHealth Innovation and structure company Archimedic. 
 
To date, NCC-PDI has mentored around a hundred clinical device sponsors to aid progress their pediatric improvements, with seven equipment possessing been given either their Food and drug administration market place clearance or CE marking. The consortium hosts a significant pediatric pitch level of competition per year that showcases and awards promising pediatric improvements and offers a initially-of-its-kind pediatric-concentrated accelerator method for finalists. 
 
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