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4th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  
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The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) is accepting proposals for its 4th annual Pediatric Device Innovation Competition. This seed grant competition is an opportunity for the scientific and business community including entrepreneurs, clinicians, scientists, businesses, academic researchers and medical and engineering graduate and undergraduate students, to develop and commercialize a pediatric medical device.

The APDC is an FDA funded consortium based out of Georgia Tech (PI: David Ku), Emory University (co-PIs: Wilbur Lam, Kevin Maher), Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Virginia Commonwealth University (co-PI: Barbara Boyan) that provides a national platform to translate medical device ideas from concept to commercialization. APDC’S mission is to enhance the lives of children through the development of novel pediatric medical devices, which are both safe and effective.

The application for seed grant funding begins with a written proposal, submitted to the APDC Innovation Competition Review Committee. Proposals are due on January 5, 2015, and selected investigators will be notified by January 30, 2015, of their selection for participation in the next round of the competition.

Proposals should address a significant pediatric problem with device ideas ready to progress from an initial concept that addresses an unmet need to a commercially viable product. The proposal should be directed towards development of a commercializable product, not research of a scientific concept. Issues such as prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory clearance will be paramount and should be addressed explicitly.

The selected investigators will then make a 5 minute oral presentation at Georgia Tech on February 21, 2015 of their proposed idea/concept to the review committee, an audience of peers, and the engineering and medical community in attendance. The investigators will be given advice on market size, product development, and regulatory submissions.

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