Recent News

UCSF's Groundbreaking Procedure Treats Pectus Excavatum

July 9, 2012

Six months ago Justin Rosales’s chest dipped deep into his sternum. The 14-year-old was too embarrassed to ever take off his shirt or show his friends how he looked. But rather than undergoing a major invasive operation, he and his parents chose UCSF’s groundbreaking Magnetic Mini Mover Procedure - a novel approach to correcting sunken chest syndrome developed by investigators in the Pediatric Device Consortium. Read the story here.

UCSF Artificial Kidney Project Tapped for Accelerated FDA Program

April 9, 2012

An effort led by UCSF bioengineer Shuvo Roy to create an implantable artificial kidney for dialysis patients has been selected as one of the first projects to undergo more timely and collaborative review at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Dr. Roy's project is one of three selected from over 30 applications to the FDA's Innovation Pathway 2.0 program, which aims to shorten the time and cost of development, assessment and review of medical devices. For more information, read the FDA press release and the UCSF Today article.

Surgeons Seek Kid-Sized Tools for the Operating Room

January 30, 2012

Pediatric surgeons have a reputation for being mavericks, people who are particularly good at improvising the tools they might need to operate successfully. No one fits that mold as well as Michael Harrison at UCSF.

Listen to KQED's QUEST story on UCSF and Stanford/SRI International's efforts to develop pediatric medical devices.

PDC Scientist on Forbes Magazine’s “30 Under 30” List of Brightest Young Stars

December 20, 2011

UCSF graduate student and PDC member Mozziyar Etemadi, an MD/PhD candidate in Bioengineering, is featured in Forbes magazine’s first ever “30 Under 30” list of rising stars in science and innovation. Etemadi was recognized for developing a device that detects pre-term labor in high-risk pregnancies and alerts the patient’s physician via a cloud database. Read the UCSF News story here.

Inventing Medical Devices for Children

December 9, 2011

Pediatric medical devices lag in development due to a small market and lack of investment opportunities. That's where the University of California, San Francisco's "D'Vice" Squad comes in. Watch a short video on the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium on Youtube.

UCSF Consortium Collaborates to Invent Medical Devices for Children

November 1, 2011

The UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium, a team of physicians, engineers, scientists and others from both within and outside UCSF, has been awarded a $1 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expand their innovative work developing medical devices for children. Read the story here.

FDA Announces Recipients of 2nd Round Pediatric Device Consortia Grants

October 3, 2011

A panel of experts with experience in medicine, business, and device development reviewed 10 applications for the grants, which will be administered by FDA’s Office of Orphan Product Development. Awardees include:
- James Geiger, MD, and Andre Muelenaer, MD, of the University of Michigan Pediatric Device Consortium and the Pediatric Medical Device Institute Pediatric Medical Device Consortium
- Michael Harrison, MD, and the UCSF Pediatric Device Consortium
- Barbara Boyan, PhD, and the Atlanta Pediatric Consortium.
Read the full announcement at

Dynamic Compressor Bracing for Pectus Carinatum Offered at Montreal Shriners

September 27, 2011

Dr. Marcelo Martinez Ferro's Dynamic Compressor bracing treatment for pectus carinatum, or "pigeon chest," is among the innovative treatments being offered at Montreal Shriners Hospital's new Chest Wall Anomalies Clinic. The PDC has been developing a wireless data logger for the brace that will collect and transmit data on bracing force and patient compliance. Read the full story here.

PDC Team Wins in UC Berkeley Venture Lab Competition

September 21, 2011

PDC members Philip Chung, Mozzi Etemadi, Shuvo Roy, and Larry Rand were among the winners in UC Berkeley's Venture Lab Competition, a program of the Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology to accelerate the launch of startup companies. The PDC team, Pericare Diagnostics, is developing a non-invasive wireless device that diagnoses preterm labor before the onset of symptoms. They will receive startup funds as well as guidance in business development, early-stage financing, and professional networking from the program.

UCSF Joins Caltech in Creative Problem Solving to Advance Health Care

May 23, 2011

UCSF and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have joined forces in a unique collaboration to develop novel technology leading to scientific advances in clinical care. The Pediatric Device Consortium's Amnioseal device for preventing membrane separation during fetal intervention is among the projects benefitting from the partnership. Read the UCSF News story here.