The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it has awarded five grants totaling up to $6 million per year over the next five years to Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) across the country that will provide advice and support services to innovators of children’s medical devices.
The program aims to enhance the development, production and distribution of pediatric medical devices and has awarded $37 million to various consortia since 2009.
The PDC grant recipients and their principal investigators for 2018 are the following:
- Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC), Matthew Maltese, PhD. Building on its successful partnerships with Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania, the PPDC recently announced a new partnership with the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and sciVelo at the University of Pittsburgh. The unification of the Pennsylvania biomedical ecosystem will expand the PPDC network of expertise for assisting pediatric devices. As part of this new partnership, the PPDC will re-brand to be known as the Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium. The official re-brand will be announced soon.
- National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation 2.0, Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, MBA.
- Southwest National Pediatric Device Consortium, Chester Koh, MD.
- University of California San Francisco-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium, Michael Harrison, MD.
- West Coast Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics, Juan Espinoza, MD.
McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine affiliated faculty members involved in the PPDC include:
- William Wagner, PhD, Director, McGowan Institute, Professor of Surgery, Bioengineering and Chemical Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh site Co-Principal Investigator
- Donald Taylor, MBA, PhD, Founder & Executive Director, sciVelo at the University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh site Co-Principal Investigator
- Patrick Cantini, McGowan Institute Strategy and Business Development Officer and Program Manager/Pittsburgh site
Illustration: Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium.