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Five finalists have been named in the prestigious annual “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition presented by the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI). Representing innovations in electrophysiology devices that treat congenital heart disease (CHD) and arrhythmias in pediatric patients, these five finalists now have access to a pediatric accelerator program led by MedTech Innovator and will compete for a share of $150,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the final virtual pitch event in September 2021.
Congenital heart disease (CHD) affects six out of 1,000 babies born in the U.S. each year and is often complicated by arrhythmias, a condition where the heart beats too rapidly, too slowly or irregularly due to a misfiring of the body’s electrical impulses. While the last decade brought great advances in technologies that improve the care of adult arrhythmias, pediatric patients have been left behind, with only five devices approved for use in children in the same period. As a result, pediatric specialists are often using off-label or improvised devices to treat pediatric arrhythmias, including the smallest newborns.
Competition for startups aims to increase the pace of development and commercialization of critically needed pediatric medical devices. In the world of innovation, devices used for pediatric medical care, particularly the very young, are lagging behind those created for adult purposes. A contest is now open, inviting innovators to do something about it.
Applications are now open for the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation annual "Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!" Competition. Pediatric companies developing solutions in the following three categories are encouraged to apply: Cardiovascular, Orthopedics/Spine, and NICU. During the first round, companies will be invited to pitch in-person to a panel of expert judges on March 23, 2020 at the University of Maryland.
For the third consecutive year, Children’s National Health System is co-locating its annual Symposium with The MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed. If you are interested in advancing innovation in pediatrics and exploring solutions to the challenges associated with device trials, we hope that you will join
The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces 12 finalists that will present at the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition on April 30, 2019 at the University of Maryland, College Park. The finalists, all innovators in the orthopedic and spine sector, have a chance to win up to $50,000 in grant funding and access to the newly created NCC-PDI “Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program” led by MedTech Innovator.
The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) has launched its new website (https://innovate4kids.org). Focused on its core mission to provide expert advice, support services, and fund management of pediatric device innovation, the site highlights current projects, media coverage of pediatric innovation related news, and provides prospective innovators a gateway through which to learn more about developing their ideas.