Root3 Labs℠ is excited to be part of the new National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI), led by Dr. Peter Kim and formed through a $3.5 million award over 5 years from the FDA to the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center. The world of pediatric medical devices is relatively small – no pun intended – because the small market size makes it tough to attract enough attention from businesses. However, children are often too small to use standard equipment, from crutches to catheters, pacemakers to endoscopes. The consortium will bring together teams from industry and academia with expertise throughout all stages of the medical device development process, from planning through commercialization, to support and advance pediatric device development.
The consortium is a collaboration with Children’s National Medical Center, the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS), Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) along with many collaborating industry and academic partners including Philips, Medical Device Manufacturers Association, Medical Murray, Cook Medical, Medtronic, Justrightsurgical, Root3 Labs, Key Tech, Quasar, Weinberg Medical, Oblon Spivak, Arent Fox, Vanderbilt, Johns Hopkins University, Sickkids, Howard University, Virginia Tech, George Mason, Texas Scottish Rite, American University, George Washington Business and Medical Schools, Georgetown University, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).