Advancing pediatric surgical options in orthopedics, spine
Five pediatric medical device innovators each captured $50K in funding and access to a new pediatric device accelerator program in a competition hosted April 30, 2019 by National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation that focused on orthopedic and spine devices. Clockwise from front left: Kolaleh Eskandanian, Children’s National Health System; Cristian Atria, nView Medical; John Barrett, Auctus Surgical Inc.; Paul Mraz, ApiFix; Dan Sands, AMB Surgical II; Anuradha Dayal, BabySteps, Children’s National Health System; Paul Grand, MedTech Innovator; (center) Bill Bentley, Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, University of Maryland.
Photo Credit: Children’s National Health System

Advancing pediatric surgical options in orthopedics, spine

5 ‘Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!’ winners share $250,000, access to pediatric device accelerator program.

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Five winners in The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation’s (NCC-PDI) Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids! competition will each receive $50,000 in grant funding and access to the consortium’s Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program led by MedTech Innovator.

Winners were selected based on the clinical significance and commercial feasibility of their medical devices for children. The competition focused solely on advancing care in pediatric orthopedics and spine, identified by the U.S. FDA as an emerging, underserved specialty lacking innovation.

The winners

  • A device designed to reduce invasive and repetitive surgery in children and teens with orthopedic illnesses such as scoliosis and limb abnormalities
  • Surgical Dynamic Spinal Tethering System, a mechanism used to correct the scoliotic spine in pediatric patients through a tethering procedure
  • Minimally Invasive Deformity Correction (MID-C) System, a posterior dynamic deformity correction system for surgical treatment to provide permanent spinal curve correction while retaining flexibility
  • Platform to improve initial assessment of clubfoot deformity and predict the magnitude of correction
  • Scanner using AI-based image creation to provide instant 3D imaging during surgery to improve imagery speed and accuracy

The competition was held at the University of Maryland, College Park by NCC-PDI, one of five FDA Pediatric Device Consortia grant programs that support the development and commercialization of pediatric medical devices. NCC-PDI is led by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System and the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. The consortium recently added new accelerators BioHealth Innovation and MedTech Innovator and design firm partner, Smithwise.

Through the inaugural NCC-PDI “Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program,” MedTech Innovator is providing winners with virtual in-depth, customized mentorship from some of the industry’s leading executives and investors.

To learn more about the winners and the fall 2019 pitch competition, visit https://innovate4kids.org.