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February 04, 2024 | Tom Ballard

New pitch event focuses on pediatric sector

The focus is on the development of medical countermeasures – innovations designed to address the unique healthcare needs of children during pandemics and other disasters.

The Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI) and the Pediatric Pandemic Network have teamed up to provide a unique opportunity for innovators of pediatric medical devices, diagnostics, and digital health solutions.

According to a recent announcement, the two organizations are soliciting submissions for a pitch competition that emphasizes the development of medical countermeasures (MCMs) – innovations designed to address the unique healthcare needs of children during pandemics and other disasters. MCMs play a pivotal role in bolstering readiness and response capabilities to disasters arising from a broad spectrum of threats.

“Proposals should be oriented toward the development of a market-ready product, rather than the exploration of a scientific concept. Key considerations such as prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory clearance will be of paramount importance and should be addressed explicitly,” the two organizations write in the application notice. “Collaboration with the small business community is not required but is encouraged. There should be a focus on health equity and communities, especially rural and low-resource areas.”

Deadline to apply is February 15. More information can be found here.

APDI is a consortium led by Children’s National and funded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to support bringing medical devices to the market that specifically address the needs of children. Along with Children’s National, APDI members include Johns Hopkins University, CIMIT at Mass General Brigham, Tufts Medical Center, Medstar Health Research Institute, OrthoPediatrics Corp., and MedTech Color.

The Pediatric Pandemic Network is a network of 10 children’s hospitals, including Children’s National, that represent diverse regions across the U.S. Funded by HRSA, an agency of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the network aims to empower healthcare systems and communities to provide high-quality, equitable care to children every day and in crises.


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