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Pediatric device consortium led by Baylor, Texas Children's lands $7.4M FDA grant

A TMC-based organization supporting innovation pediatric medical devices has secured a $7.4 million grant. Photo via tmc.edu

The Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium announced this month that it has received a $7.4 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration to continue developing innovative pediatric medical devices.

Led by Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, SWPDC supports the development and commercialization of devices relating to children's health, including synthetic pediatric heart valves, miniature injection devices and neonatal intensive care unit monitoring devices, according to a statement from Baylor.

According to Dr. Chester Koh, SWPDC executive director and principal investigator, who is also a professor of urology at Baylor and a pediatric urologist at Texas Children’s, physicians today often have to treat pediatric patients with devices that are designed for larger adult bodies.

"This grant allows us to continue to spur development of devices specifically designed for kids by providing funding, consulting, clinical expertise and other assistance, all of which is made possible by our co-existence in the healthcare innovation ecosystem of the Texas Medical Center,” he said in the statement.

The SWPDC received a similar five-year grant in 2018 from the FDA, and has since added 200 pediatric device projects in all stages of development to its portfolio, raising in total more than $200 million in follow-on funding for the technology. It's one of five consortia in the FDA’s Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC), with others in Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, and Los Angeles.

Regionally, the consortium members include engineers from Texas A&M University, Rice University, University of Houston and the University of Minnesota, as it looks to expand into the midwest. It also partners with Texas Medical Center Innovation, JLABS@TMC and Proxima CRO.

In addition to the $7.4 million grant, SWPDC also received funding for its real-world data/real-world evidence (RWD/RWE) demonstration projects that focus on postoperative cardiac care, according to BCM.

Earlier this summer, Houston-based medtech company CorInnova was one of five companies invited to invited to present pitches at the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation’s “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition. The event takes place this month and the companies are competing for a share of $150,000 in grant funding from the FDA. CorInnova has developed a minimally invasive device for the treatment of congestive heart failure.

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