Medical devices are not always one size fits all, especially with regard to child-sized devices. The Philadelphia Regional Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) brings together engineers and biomedical researchers from the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel University, and the University of Pennsylvania to address the shortage of medical devices designed for children.
The PPDC recently received a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the FDA, making it one of only seven pediatric device consortia nationwide recently funded by the FDA. The consortium will provide clinical, business, and regulatory expertise, as well as seed funding, to help translate promising, innovative ideas into commercial devices for use in young patients.
The Consortium includes some of the top innovators and clinicians in pediatric device development today. That, combined with the detailed diligence that the Coulter-Drexel program performs before considering any projects, will serve to maintain the high quality of products that come through the PDC program."
CHOP is currently collaborating with industry partners to develop pediatric versions of existing FDA-approved CPR quality feedback tools developed for adults. These smart phone-sized devices measure motion and force on a patient's chest during CPR to rapidly produce sound and visual prompts that improve the quality of CPR and save lives.
The PPDC has formed advisory committees to assess proposals for both scientific and business potential, to provide bridge funding up to $50,000 to qualified projects, and to connect inventors with investors and the medical device industry.