Symposium Featured Pediatric Device Awards, Discussed Clinical Trial Possibilities

Six of the finalists competing in the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” program by Children’s National Hospital and the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) were selected as winners during the 7th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium. Each company earned a $25,000 award and the opportunity to participate in NCC-PDI’s recently launched “Pediatric Device Innovator Accelerator Program” led by MedTech Innovator. In addition to celebrating pediatric device innovation, the symposium also encouraged a better understanding of clinical trials for pediatric devices as well as awareness of the regulatory challenges. The award-winning pediatric devices and companies are: AlgometRx Inc.'s AlgometRx Rapid Drug Test, used to detect and monitor neonatal abstinence syndrome. It aims to enable earlier assessment and intervention of opioid withdrawal to reduce physiological stress. Epitel's Epilog, an inexpensive, discrete, and disposable EEG machine offering real-time monitoring to help manage care for neonates suspected of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy. Novonate's LifeBubble, designed to secure and protect the umbilical catheter insertion site for neonates in intensive care with the goal of preventing infection from caregivers and parents. PyrAmes Inc.'s noninvasiv...
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Source: Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: Brain, Behavior, and Immunity - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
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