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7th Pediatric Device Innovation Competition - JULY 31 DEADLINE

Thursday, July 20, 2017  
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The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) will hold its 7th 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. Grants are expected to range from $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000 for one year.

The APDC is an FDA funded consortium based out of Georgia Tech (PI: David Ku), Emory University (co-PIs: Wilbur Lam, Mehul Raval), 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 consortium provides an environment of creativity, where ideas are reviewed, tested, and developed. (For the FDA definition of a medical device, please see Note 1 below.)

The application for seed grant funding begins with a written proposal, submitted to the APDC Innovation Competition Review Committee. Proposals are due on July 31st, 2017, and selected investigators will be notified by August 28th, 2017, of their selection for participation in the next round of the competition.

The second round is an opportunity for selected investigators to make a 5 minute oral presentation 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. Proposal presentations will be held on the Virginia Commonwealth campus on September 25th, 2017.

Your proposal will be seen by a number of different reviewers. Should you be invited back for the second round of competition, you will be presenting to an audience of your peers as well. As such, you should not plan to disclose confidential information on your invention.

Key Dates:

Proposal submission deadline: July 31, 2017

Notification of second round presenters: August 28, 2017

Project presentation for invited investigators: September 25, 2017

Notification of award: October 30, 2017

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