“COVID-19 edition” of pediatric medical device competition announces winners


Judges award grants for pediatric health-related equipment that deal with COVID-19 associated demands


July 23, 2020

The Nationwide Cash Consortium for Pediatric System Innovation (NCC-PDI) announces eight winners decided on in its particular COVID-19 edition of the “Make Your Health care System Pitch for Children!” opposition. Targeted on improvements in COVID-19-associated pediatric health-related equipment that will enhance children’s wellness treatment, 16 finalists competed on Monday, July twenty in a digital pitch occasion for a share of $250,000 in full grant awards.

A panel of seventy five skilled judges from wellness treatment, business, investor and regulatory sectors chosen award winners based mostly on the medical importance and professional feasibility of their COVID-19-associated health-related equipment for little ones. The opposition targeted on health-related equipment that support household wellness checking and telehealth, and enhance sustainability, resiliency and readiness in diagnosing and managing little ones all through a pandemic.

For security and performance, the opposition used a online video meeting structure. The occasion was introduced by NCC-PDI co-founders Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s Nationwide Hospital and the A. James Clark University of Engineering at the College of Maryland, and run by nonprofit accelerator and NCC-PDI member, MedTech Innovator.

“Because of the higher good quality of submissions and the crucial have to have for pandemic-associated pediatric health-related equipment, we are fired up to figure out and award eight improvements from this event’s extremely aggressive field” states Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D.,M.B.A., P.M.P., vice president and main innovation officer at Children’s Nationwide and principal investigator of NCC-PDI. “COVID-19 is presenting unprecedented challenges and my NCC-PDI colleagues and I know that supporting pediatric improvements will enhance treatment for the sufferers and family members we serve.”

Here are the 2020 “Make Your Health care System Pitch for Children!” particular COVID-19 edition opposition winners and their grant awards:

  • Bloom Standard (Kaaria), Hong Kong, China – $twenty,000 awarded – wearable, AI-driven ultrasound for infant cardiac and pulmonary screening and diagnostics
  • Kid’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $twenty,000 awarded – transparent reusable Do it yourself origami facemask that reveals facial expressions & improves communication
  • Hopscotch, Ithaca, New York – $twenty,000 awarded – gamified cognitive behavioral treatment-based mostly laptop or computer exercise routines to persuade children to remain engaged and complete remedy packages
  • Medipines, Yorba Linda, California – $fifty,000 awarded – watch gadget that displays crucial respiratory parameters analyzed from a patient’s respiratory sample
  • OtoPhoto, Baltimore, Maryland – $twenty,000 awarded – a good otoscope that immediately and accurately aids diagnosis of ear infections for household telehealth use
  • TGV-Dx, New York, New York -$fifty,000 awarded – a novel, phenotype-based mostly check program for swift choice of helpful antibiotic program
  • Vitls, Houston, Texas – $fifty,000 awarded – wearable system for remote client checking of the vitals clinicians need to assess a client
  • X-Biomedical, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – $twenty,000 awarded – rugged, moveable good ICU ventilator for pediatric and grownup patients 

The opposition structure bundled a pitch presentation by the innovators to the judging panel followed by a issue-and-reply session. Judges’ questions delved further more into the growth system, feasibility of the technological innovation, present means, the prospective market and commercialization strategy.

“These winners represent some of the most promising emerging health-related gadget improvements in the diagnosis, remedy, and treatment of little ones influenced by COVID-19,” reported Paul Grand, CEO of MedTech Innovator. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to perform with each other with NCC-PDI and seventy five skilled business stakeholders and clinicians to give support for these innovators on their crucial missions to enhance and secure the life of pediatric sufferers, our most susceptible populace.”

Together with grant funding, one company from the opposition will be chosen by Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS at a afterwards date to receive a one-calendar year residency at JLABS @ Washington, DC, which will be positioned on the new Children’s Nationwide Research & Innovation Campus currently underneath development. In addition to the 2021 JLABS residency, the awardee will have entry to the JLABS community and skilled mentoring by the Johnson & Johnson household of firms. NCC-PDI and JLABS will announce the receiver once the choice system is accomplished. 

Funding for the opposition is manufactured attainable by a grant from the Food and Drug Administration (Fda) and a philanthropic gift from Mei Xu, founder of e-commerce system Indeed She May well, a website focused to women-owned models. A mom and a creator of effective world wide way of living businesses, Mei Xu welcomed the innovators and noticed pitch presentations. In the course of the standard periods, participants also experienced an possibility to hear from representatives of companies supporting innovation these as MedTech Innovator, Children’s Nationwide, College of Maryland’s Fischell Institute for Biomedical Units, JLABS, Biomedical Sophisticated Research and Advancement Authority (BARDA), Center for Advancing Innovation, and Maryland Tech Council.

NCC-PDI is one of five associates in the FDA’s Pediatric System Consortia Grant Method developed to support the growth and commercialization of health-related equipment for little ones, which lags significantly driving the development of grownup health-related equipment. To date, NCC-PDI has mentored in excess of one hundred health-related gadget sponsors to assist advance their pediatric improvements, with 12 equipment having received both their Fda market clearance or CE marking.

To study a lot more about NCC-PDI and the COVID-19 particular edition opposition, visit https://innovate4kids.org

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