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The Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI) has opened a grant opportunity for pediatric medical devices that improve the monitoring, diagnosis or treatment of youth suffering from substance use disorder and addiction. Grants up to $50,000 each are available for pediatric-specific solutions selected by a panel of experts from submitted proposals. Up to $150,000 in grant funds are available for distribution through this program. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that over 3.6 million U.S. youth, ages 12 to 17, used illicit drugs in 2022. In that same period, an average of 22 youth, ages 12 to 18, died weekly from an overdose. Often, these adolescents did not show the expected warning signs before an overdose, such as problems with alcohol, drugs or prior substance use treatment. Of the teens and tweens who fatally overdosed, only 1 in 10 had a history of treatment for a substance use problem, and only 1 in 7 had ever experienced a prior nonfatal overdose.
WASHINGTON (January 8, 2023) – Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI), the federally funded consortium led by Children’s National Hospital, announces the finalists of its special MedTech Color edition of “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!”™ competition. This edition supports pediatric medical device advancements from African American and Hispanic innovators.

The competition aims to advance devices that meet critical patient needs while promoting a more inclusive approach to medical technology innovation. The finalists will compete for a share of up to $50,000 in grants funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that will support innovators’ efforts to bring their devices to the commercial market for the benefit of children everywhere
WASHINGTON, D.C., Sept. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- To foster the development and commercialization of medical devices designed for children, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has awarded a nearly $7.5 million grant to the Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI), a consortium led by Children’s National Hospital. The nonprofit group, which is one of five in the FDA’s Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) program, will utilize the five-year grant to provide a platform of services, expertise and funding that supports pediatric innovators in bringing medical devices to the market that specifically address the needs of children. New in this cycle, APDI will provide expertise on evidence generation, including the use of real-world evidence (RWE), for pediatric device development.
Under this solicitation, two FDA-funded Pediatric Device Consortia grant programs, CTIP and NCC-PDI, have come together to maximize their resources to select and support a new cohort of device innovators to receive grant funding and wraparound services by the two consortia. We are seeking proposals from inventors from all sectors – including the business community and academic medical centers – who are proposing a medical device solution to address a significant unmet need in the pediatric population.

Proposals should be directed towards the development of a commercializable product, and not research of a scientific concept. Issues such as prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory clearance will be paramount and should be addressed explicitly.
Funded by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) solicits proposals from medical device companies with FDA-cleared or approved medical devices that may address an unmet need in the pediatric population, and therefore seeking pediatric market clearance in the US. If chosen, the partnering team will provide technical expertise where needed and include (1) access to mentors, (2) design study protocol implementing RWE methodologies, (3) facilitate IRB submission, (4) facilitate study implementation, (5) furnish cloud services and data science support, and (6) provide regulatory, reimbursement, and supply chain consultation. The partnering team will facilitate meetings with the device sponsors and FDA. The pediatric population (neonates, infants, children, and adolescents) includes patients who are 21 years of age or younger at the time of diagnosis or treatment.
The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces five awardees chosen in its prestigious “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition. Each received a share of $150,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with awards ranging from $20,000 to $50,000 to support the advancement of pediatric medical devices.

Consistent with its mission of addressing the most pressing pediatric device needs, this year’s competition, moderated by MedTech Innovator, welcomed medical device technologies that address the broad unmet needs of children.
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 pediatric technologies that aim to address unmet medical needs for children, 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 October 2022. The pediatric pitch event is part of the 10th Annual Symposium on Pediatric Device Innovation, co-located with the MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed.
WASHINGTON – (April 5, 2022) – Recognizing the continued gap in the development and commercialization of medical devices for children versus adults, the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation, in collaboration with MedTech Innovator, is accepting applications through April 22, 2022, for its annual “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition. Recognizing the wide range of unmet needs for diagnostic and therapeutic devices designed especially for children, this year’s competition is open to any innovation in medical technology that addresses a significant unmet need in pediatric medical care.
WASHINGTON – (Dec. 10, 2021) – The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces five awardees chosen in its prestigious annual “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition to share $150,000 in grant funding from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support the advancement of pediatric medical devices. In an unprecedented decision, the competition judges determined that all five finalists were deserving of a grant award and recognition for the potential patient benefit and commercial viability of their innovations.
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