Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National Receives FDA Grant To Form Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System has received a grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to form the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation.  The grant is for $700,000 for FY2013, as part of an anticipated five year award.

“This new consortium is an exciting, important advance in developing medical devices for children and toward fulfilling our vision of making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain-free,” said Kurt Newman, MD, President and CEO of Children’s National Health System. “I congratulate Dr. Peter Kim and his colleagues in our Sheikh Zayed Institute on securing this prestigious, highly competitive award.” The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) will address four primary goals:
  • Provide a platform of experienced regulatory, business planning and device development services (such as intellectual property counsel, prototyping, engineering, laboratory and animal testing, grant writing, and clinical trial design) to foster the advancement of medical devices for pediatric patients
  • Bring together individuals and institutions that can support pediatric medical device progression through all stages of development—ideation, concept formation, prototyping, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing, and commercialization
  • Support a mix of projects at all stages of development, particularly the later stages of clinical, manufacturing, and marketing
  • Provide counsel on accessing various federal and non-federal funding resources while assessing the scientific and medical merit of proposed pediatric device projects
“We are excited to unite within this consortium the diverse strengths of our distinguished partners and collaborators, to bring important advances to medical devices for children,” said Peter Kim, MD, CM, PhD, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National. “In pediatrics, we know that children are not simply small adults, so the FDA’s support for this area of innovation is particularly important to address this critical but largely unmet need.” The NCC-PDI will be a collaboration of Children's National Health System with the University of Maryland A.  James Clark School of Engineering and its flagship institutes: Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) and Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech).

For-profit, academic, and medical association partners in the consortium include Arent Fox, Oblon Spivak, Medical Murray, Key Tech, Philips, Cook Medical, Medtronic, QUASAR, Root3 Labs, Weinberg Medical Physics, JustRight Surgical, Georgetown University Medical Center, The George Washington University School of Business and School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Mason University, Howard University College of Medicine, Anne Arundel Medical Center, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt University, Johns Hopkins University, Sickkids Toronto, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, American University Kogod School of Business, National Institutes of Health/Clinical Center, Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA), The World Federation of Associations of Pediatric Surgeons (WOFAPS), and American Pediatric Surgical Association (APSA).

The grant was awarded by the FDA’s Office of Orphan Products Development in its third round of funding since 2009 to consortia that advance the development of pediatric medical devices. The 2013 grants were awarded to consortia that brought together teams with excellence and expertise in delivering business, regulatory, legal, scientific, engineering, and clinical services for children. All consortia work collaboratively with the FDA to help innovators effectively navigate existing laws, regulations and agency guidance to protect the health and safety of children.

Released 9/26

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Children's National visits Abu Dhabi

Dr. Kurt Newman, H.E. Falah Al Ahbabi, Mr. Jim Lintott

A team from the Sheikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National recently returned from a wonderful trip to Abu Dhabi! During the visit, our CEO Dr. Kurt Newman and our Chairman of the Board Mr. Jim Lintott had the privilege of meeting with His Excellency Falah Al Ahbabi, General Manager of Abu Dhabi Urban Planning Council, to discuss the importance of high quality pediatric care in Abu Dhabi. AMEInfo covered their visit, posted here.

The team was also honored and pleased to speak with the esteemed leaders and teams at Advanced Technology Investment Company (ATIC), Abu Dhabi Technology Development Committee (TDC), Abu Dhabi Council for Economic Development (ADCED), Health Authority – Abu Dhabi (HAAD), and Khalifa University, who all share a passion for educating our next generation and encouraging them to pursue careers in medicine and technology.
Dr. Peter Kim (r), Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute, and Dr. Kevin Cleary (l) met with Dr. Omar Shafey, an Acting Manager in the Public Health & Research Division at HAAD, during their recent visit to Abu Dhabi.

At Khalifa University, Dr. Kevin Cleary, Technical Director of Bioengineering at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, had the great opportunity to present before a class of biomedical engineering students. He talked about the importance of engineering to the medical field, and highlighted some of his specific areas of research in robotics, medical devices, and medical imaging. He showed video and photos of the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s state-of-the-art Pain Medicine Care Complex and talked about his work with the 3D printer. He also talked about ongoing research projects that the Sheikh Zayed Institute is conducting in partnership with Khalifa University - all with the goal of making pediatric surgery more precise, less invasive, and pain free. Several of the 2013 Student Innovators from Khalifa University were in attendance, and shared their personal experiences at the Sheikh Zayed Institute, and the hands-on research they were able to conduct during their summer internship. We hope their stories inspire even more students to join us from Khalifa University and across the UAE for next Summer’s program.

Dr. Kevin Cleary speaking with reporters in Abu Dhabi.
Following his presentation, Dr. Cleary sat down with two reporters to discuss the important role of robotics and engineering in the medical field as well as the shared vision between Children’s National and Khalifa University to train the UAE’s next generation of scientists, engineers, and physicians.