Children's National Health System Hosts Second Annual Innovation Symposium featuring FDA Commissioner as Keynote Speaker Lessons from Drugs to Devices: a Pediatric Perspective August 28, 2014

Washington, DC – Considerable progress has been made to advance pediatric drug research and to ensure appropriate drug product labeling for children but much still needs to be done for pediatric device research and development. On October 24, 2014, physician-scientists, pediatric surgeons, engineers, policy makers, and government officials will gather in the Knight Conference room at Washington, DC’s Newseum to discuss the critical issues pertinent to pediatric device development. Margaret Hamburg, MD, Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will deliver the Opening Keynote address.

Thanks in large part to the passage of the Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act (PMDSIA) in 2007 and its reauthorization in 2012, a series of innovations have been introduced including the establishment of non-profit consortia to stimulate pediatric device development. The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, in partnership with University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering, leads one of the consortia.

“The FDA funded our consortium to facilitate the development, production, and distribution of pediatric medical devices. We have been doing just that, in part, by creating a network of pediatric stakeholders. Our annual symposium provides a forum for discussion on the pediatric device development process and establishing a culture of cooperation among all stakeholders,” notes Sheikh Zayed Institute Vice President,  Peter Kim, MD, CM, PhD.

“We strongly believe that our symposium will provide a novel approach for the dissemination of information, discussion of ideas, informal didactic opportunities, and debate on critical issues that will provide a forum for open dialogue and cooperation among many diverse entities,” says Dr. Kim.

Children’s National Health System President and CEO, Kurt Newman, MD, hopes that “discussions during the symposium will result in tangible outcomes in the embodiment of policy documents and a formal report that represent the positions of all stakeholders in the field, as well as the potential to inform future policy and clinical practice.”

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To identify concrete, achievable action items and assign them to relevant parties
  • To establish a set of scientific, clinical, regulator, and policy recommendations required to advance the field
  • To agree upon a select target publication, presentation, legislative, regulator, appropriate media strategy and targeted outreach campaign to forward conference objectives

The Best Pharmaceuticals for Children Act (BPCA) provides drug manufacturers with significant incentives to pursue pediatric drug research. Similar efforts have been made in the pediatric device arena. Namely, the 2007 Pediatric Medical Device Safety and Improvement Act (PMDSIA) has made great strides in narrowing the gap.

For more conference information, please visit the registration page.

Contact: Joe Cantlupe or Leah Parker at 202-476-4500.

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Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, DC, has been serving the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is ranked in the top 20 in every specialty evaluated by U.S. News & World Report; one of only four children’s hospitals in the nation to earn this distinction. Designated a Leapfrog Group Top Hospital and a two-time recipient of Magnet® status, this pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is one of the nation’s top NIH-funded pediatric institutions. Children’s National is recognized for its expertise and innovation in pediatric care and as a strong voice for children through advocacy at the local, regional and national levels. For more information, visit, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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