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Philadelphia PDC Grant Funding - Request for Applications

Deadline for white paper submissions: September 29, 2017

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) has opened its application for funding to support the development of pediatric medical devices. Top projects will be awarded up to $50,000 for one year. The competition is open to anyone with a medical device concept/idea at any stage along the commercialization pathway for use in pediatric patients (birth to age 21). Applicants must register for a free membership through the PPDC website.

See attachment for detailed instructions on white paper submissions.

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RFP: UC Berkeley Bioengineering Capstone Project

Talented new UC Berkeley Bioengineers available to solve your unmet clinical needs (pro bono)!

2017 Capstone Bioengineering Design Projects: “Unmet Need” Solicitation

To participate: By Friday August 4th (or earlier, project spots fill up quickly), please indicate an interest in having a senior undergraduate engineering team solve your lab or clinic’s needs by emailing Prof. Amy Herr at aeh@berkeley.edu 

The Bioengineering Capstone Project Course at UC Berkeley provides an opportunity for you to tackle real-life unmet needs in your clinic or laboratory without having to invest in additional permanent assets.  Most if not all costs for prototyping & testing are supported by an NIH/NIBIB R25 grant to UC Berkeley. A small team of senior undergraduate bioengineering students, working for 13 weeks from September to December, delivers results on a project that you or your group identifies (examples are below).  All levels (e.g., faculty, residents, postdoctoral fellows) are welcome to participate.  (See http://capstone.berkeley.edu)

The teams comprise highly-motivated engineering students inspired to propose and test solutions to engineering challenges in your lab or clinic.  Students have taken undergraduate physical sciences, math, and life sciences courses and are preparing to graduate from with a Bachelor’s Degree in Bioengineering from UC Berkeley. The student team is supervised by Capstone affiliates and has access to standard resources (i.e., computing, electronic, machining, wet bench) at UC Berkeley.  The course aims to serve your needs and meet Berkeley’s pedagogical goals for real-world experiences requiring students to draw upon their undergraduate coursework in science and engineering. 

If you would like to participate, you will:

1)      Indicate your interest and send a project summary (a few sentences is fine!):  Submit an indication of interest to Prof. Amy Herr (aeh@berkeley.edu) by Friday August 4th (or earlier, as we have just 8 project spots and they fill up fast),

2)      Provide a contact:  Identify a contact in your laboratory or clinic (i.e., faculty, residents, fellows, postdocs, or technician) to work with Prof. Herr to define your engineering need,

3)      Volunteer <4 hrs total over 13 weeks:  Be available to meet in person with the team for 1-2 hours during the Sept 16-21 window to verify their understanding of the need.  Optionally during the semester, you can provide expert feedback at critical design checkpoints. As a client, you will not provide solutions to the problem, just guidance assuring that the problem is well-understood by the team

4)      Expect to receive a full summary detailing possible and prototyped solutions at course end.  Student teams can and often provide oral presentations summarizing key findings to the client and his/her team, as well as written documentation to your group in December 2017.

Once your group has indicated interest, further details will be provided.  If you have submitted an idea previously or if you have even mentored a team and would like to do so again, please let Prof. Herr know.  If you have questions, need more information, or would like to discuss project ideas please contact Prof. Herr directly (aeh@berkeley.edu).  Thank you for engaging in the Capstone course at Berkeley Bioengineering.  Your participation is vital and greatly appreciated!

Example Unmet Research & Clinical Needs (Portfolio at http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/undergrad/capstone)

#1: At-home Seizure Detection for Pediatric Medicine: In the field of epilepsy, automated seizure detection remains an elusive goal.  The unpredictable nature of seizures makes it difficult for patients/caretakers to recognize that a seizure is occurring and intervene; many seizures are completely missed.  This creates problems both in terms of the immediate need for emergency care and the longitudinal tracking of seizure burden.  We seek assistance in the design of a practical and nonintrusive device or multimodal system for accurately signaling a seizure event. (UCSF Neurology & SF VA)

#2: Fetal Heart Rate Measurements in Low-resource Global Health Settings: Working with UCSF, I am in Nairobi Kenya, launching a startup organization to provide maternity care to low-income urban women. Our goal is to change the way maternity care is provided and tackle appalling rates of maternal and neonatal mortality here, with a sustainable chain of clinics and mobile units in slums and peri-urban areas.  Clinical procedures could be sped up with the right biomedical technologies – e.g., innovation in cheap portable doptones for measuring fetal heart rate, instead of the ear-trumpet-like fetoscope that is commonly used here in Africa. (Kenya & UCSF Dept Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Science)

#3: Breath Sample Collection & Transport for Lung Cancer Research:  Our current research goal is to develop a breath test which could enable the early diagnosis of lung cancer – a fatal disease almost always diagnosed too late.  We need a device which can collect human breath and allow us to store and transport the sample to a mass spectrometry facility.  One important feature of such a device would be the possibility to sample breath of different phases of the expiration. (UCSF Cancer Center at Mt. Zion)

Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation - Sept 24 Symposium & Pitch Competition in San Jose, CA

Pediatric Medical Device Pitch Competition 

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation is now accepting proposals for their annual $250K pediatric medical device pitch competition. Up to six innovations will be awarded up to $50,000 each.

Submission deadline: August 21 2017

Apply here: http://www.pediatric-device-symposium.org/competition/

5th Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium

Sheikh Zayed Institute's 5th annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium, “Partnering for Breakthroughs in Pediatric Surgery and Care,” is co-locating in San Jose, California in a joint effort with The MedTech Conference powered by AdvaMed – the premiere gathering of medtech professionals in North America.

Date: Sunday, September 24, 2017

Registration & details: http://www.pediatric-device-symposium.org/