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NCC-PDI Pediatric Device Competition Now Accepting Proposals From Medical Device Innovators

$250,000 to be awarded to five innovations at third annual National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) Competition November 18, 2015

Washington, DC - The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI) is now accepting proposals for medical innovations that address a significant, yet unmet pediatric need. Five prizes of $50,000 each will be awarded to the winning presentations at the consortium’s third annual competition in February 2016.

The FDA funded consortium, led by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System and the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, invites innovators of all kinds including researchers, entrepreneurs, clinicians, and patient families to bring forward their promising pediatric medical devices. For competition details, click here

“Now in our consortium’s third year, we’ve seen some impactful innovations advance to the clinical stage as a result of this competition and we’re hopeful that trend will continue,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, MBA, PMP, executive director of the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National.

Each finalist will have five minutes to pitch their device concept to a multi-disciplinary panel of judges followed by a five-minute question-and-answer session.

“Our annual competition is just one example of the countless ways in which NCC-PDI supports today’s innovators in their pursuit to create solutions to pressing human health challenges,” said William E. Bentley, PhD, Robert E. Fischell Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the University of Maryland. “Since its launch, NCC-PDI has helped advance medical device development for a variety of causes impacting pediatric populations.”

Last year’s pitch competition winners, chosen from a field of 12 finalists, were Nanofiber Solutions of Columbus, Ohio; University of Maryland Baltimore County of Baltimore, Md.; PhotoniCare of Champaign, Ill.; LIM Innovations of San Francisco, Calif.; and University of Minnesota of Minneapolis, Minn.

For more information about the NCC-PDI, visit

Contact: Leah Parker at 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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