The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has announced a partnership with two programs at the University of Pittsburgh. Formerly the Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium, the PPDC’s new name reflects its statewide reach. This expansion comes on the heels of a five-year, $6 million grant renewal from the Consortium’s sponsor, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Based at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), the PPDC’s mission is to support the development of promising medical devices that address unmet clinical needs in children. It has assisted more than 60 innovative projects and over the past five years, the PPDC has awarded 16 seed grants of up to $50,000 each to companies in the Philadelphia region and beyond. The PPDC conducts a competitive process to select its award recipients.

The Consortium’s new cross-state partners are the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine and sciVelo, both based at the University of Pittsburgh. Together, these programs focus on developing and commercializing biomedical technology.

“Our new partnerships with these outstanding programs build on our existing success in collaborating with Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania,” said Matthew Maltese, PhD, the Director of Biomechanics Research in the Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine at CHOP, and the executive director and principal investigator of the PPDC. “This unification of Pennsylvania’s biomedical ecosystem expands the PPDC’s network of expertise in supporting the development of much-needed devices for children.”

William Wagner, PhD, director of the McGowan Institute, added, “We are extremely excited to offer our resources and expertise as we work together with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and sciVelo to develop medical device technologies for children with particular unmet medical needs.”

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