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Children’s National to Advance Dialogue for Pediatric Medical Innovations

April 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, DC— There is a critical unmet need in the United States and around the world for the development of pediatric medical devices, with support coming only from a scarce number of available grants and some private investments and philanthropy. The testing and marketing of such new devices for children raise unique challenges as well. To open up a dialogue about these challenges, Children’s National Medical Center announced the First Annual Pediatric Surgery Innovation Symposium will be held on June 13, 2013. The Symposium is hosted by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s.

This one day symposium will gather leaders from the Food and Drug Administration, National Institutes of Health, Institute of Medicine, industry and policymakers, clinicians, lawyers, scientists, and bioethicists from around the world to discuss these critical issues in pediatric surgical innovation and device development, including the need for new innovative approaches that improve the regulatory pathways such as the 510k process for medical device development.

“In the current shift to a value-based healthcare system, regulatory bodies, innovators, and manufacturers must find the right balance between enabling innovative medical advancements and ensuring that patients receive treatment that is as safe and effective as possible,” said Peter Kim, MD, PhD, Vice President of the Sheikh Zayed Institute. “This symposium will focus discussion on how we might feasibly achieve both of these noble goals at the same time.

As part of the symposium, the Sheikh Zayed Institute will also award the inaugural Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, including a cash award of $20,000, to a mid-career individual who is significantly advancing pediatric surgery. The prize highlights groundbreaking work in the underserved area of pediatric surgical research and development. The Sheikh Zayed Institute is currently accepting nominations for the Prize for Pediatric Surgical Innovation until May 1, 2013.

Contact: Paula Darte or Emily Hartman, 202-476-4500.

About Children's National Health System

Children’s National Health System, based in Washington, D.C., has served the nation’s children since 1870. Children’s National is one of the nation’s Top 5 pediatric hospitals and, for a second straight year, is ranked No. 1 in newborn care, as well as ranked in all specialties evaluated by U.S. News & World Report. It has been designated two times as a Magnet® hospital, a designation given to hospitals that demonstrate the highest standards of nursing and patient care delivery. This pediatric academic health system offers expert care through a convenient, community-based primary care network and specialty outpatient centers in the D.C. Metropolitan area, including the Maryland suburbs and Northern Virginia. Home to the Children’s Research Institute and the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation, Children’s National is the seventh-highest NIH-funded pediatric institution in the nation. 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. 

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