Children’s National to host innovation accelerator for pediatric technology

The Washington, DC-based Children’s National Hospital will host an innovation accelerator competition aimed at developing new technology that addresses unmet pediatric needs.

The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation and MedTech innovator is accepting applications until April 22 for its annual “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, according to an April 5 press release.

Entrants will make their first pitch on May 20 – with only six finalists selected from the first round going ahead to participate in a special pediatric track of the MedTech Innovator accelerator program that kicks off in June.

Those same innovators will then compete in the competition finals that will take place in the fall, where the jury will award up to $150,000 in FDA-sponsored grants to the devices selected as the most impactful and commercially viable devices.

“As one of five FDA Pediatric Device Consortia, NCC-PDI is focused on seeking out and addressing important unmet needs in pediatric medical technology,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, vice president and chief innovation officer at Children’s National Hospital and NCC-PDI principal investigator: “While great strides are being made in adult medical devices, children are often left behind because the pediatric market is small and there is no incentive to develop for pediatrics. This pitch competition helps recognize and support the advancement of innovations that can specifically address the needs of pediatric patients.”

The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation is led by Children’s National’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation.

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