Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Awarded September 2011
The Office of Orphan Products Development (OOPD) is pleased to announce the recipients of the Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Program Awards for 2011/2012. The recipients are as follows:
· James Geiger, MD and Andre Muelenaer, MD of the University of Michigan MPED & PMDI Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, $1,100,000/ per year for two years
· Michael Harrison, MD and the University of
· Barbara Boyan, PhD and the Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium, $900,000/ per year for two years.
Applicants were judged on the organizational capacity of their proposed consortiums to exert a sustained, powerful influence on the field of pediatric device development, as well as an assessment of potential device projects.
Those who received funding scored best in their unique abilities to serve as a national platform to advance the development of pediatric medical devices while supporting device projects whose outcomes could have a significant impact on the practice of medicine.
The University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium (M-PED) and the Pediatric Medical Device Institute (PMDI) Device Consortium brings together a unique set of resources under the direction of James Geiger, MD and Andre Muelenaer, MD, to increase and accelerate the process of pediatric device innovation specifically targeting the needs of children. This consortium leverages the biomedical discovery capability of the
The UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium will provide the infrastructure, expertise, and resources for device development to innovators seeking to solve pediatric clinical problems by designing and developing novel medical devices. Under the leadership of Michael Harrison, MD, a pediatric and fetal surgeon and veteran innovator of pediatric devices, and Shuvo Roy, PhD, a bioengineer, the UCSF PDC unites a diverse group of clinicians, scientists, engineers, and device industry representatives in facilitating the process of pediatric device development. The UCSF PDC provides expertise in device design and development, patenting issues, the regulatory approval process, the conduct of clinical trials, and the marketing of devices. The consortium conducts biweekly forums for collaboration between innovative clinicians and device experts from both within and outside of the university. This consortium makes available to all individual projects a core personnel and resource infrastructure (including prototyping capabilities, testing facilities, and consulting network). With the backing of PDC expertise and resources, individual projects then have a strong foundation from which to attract their own funding for more expensive development costs.
The Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium, led by Barbara Boyan, PhD, brings together the resources of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Pediatric Hospital,