NCC-PDI’s diverse team of collaborators is composed of lead members, members, and affiliated members, according to their level of involvement in the consortium. This organizational structure is designed so that our consortium membership includes the expertise that is needed for pediatric device development without relying on significant external assistance.
Children’s National Health System
The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National: Founded in 2010 through a $150 million philanthropic gift, the mission of the Institute is to make pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. The Institute lists among its many achievements creating a strong infrastructure for pediatric device R&D and a network of product and medical device development experts, and seasoned veterans in venture capital, technology commercialization, intellectual property, and commercialization. The Institute is comprised of multidisciplinary teams that apply rigorous process management from conception to marketed products through creative partnerships in academia and industry. The Institute has access to more than 600 clinicians and clinician-scientists at Children’s National.
Founded in 1870, Children’s National is the third oldest children’s hospital in the nation. It is a top ten children’s hospital according to U.S. News & World Report rankings, with all 10 of the specialties reviewed placing in the top ranking, and Neonatology placing first in the country. The hospital features state-of-the-art operating rooms, robotic equipment for minimally invasive procedures, sophisticated monitoring, and real-time 3D imaging. In terms of research rankings, Children’s National is #7 among children’s hospitals with total annual research support – internal and external – approaching $100 million.
In 2020, Children’s National will open the first-in-its-kind Pediatric Research and Innovation Campus. The establishment of this campus is made possible by the transfer of 12 acres of land by the U.S. Department of the Army on the campus of the former Walter Reed Army Medical Center to Children’s National. Children’s anticipates that the Research and Innovation Campus will have six anchors – 1) a 40,000 square-foot space for a corporate-run globally-known incubator that has a strong interest in pediatric health; 2) Children’s Research Institute; 3) a university partner conducting child health research; 4) a federal agency with a focus on child health research; 5) a pediatric medical products regulatory office; and 6) leased space for mid- to late-stage startups developing pediatric medical products. The potential for partnership and additional successes from collaboration with the Pediatric Research and Innovation Campus is a substantial advantage for NCC-PDI’s pediatric device innovators.