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News & Announcements - April 2017

3DHEALS 2017 Global Conference:  3D-Print Life – San Francisco, CA

This collaborative conference aims to create a global community focusing on healthcare applications using 3D printing and related technologies (i.e., VR/AR, 3D scanning, digital manufacture, bioprinting). Topics covered include wearables and prosthetics, surgical application, dentistry and facial maxillary reconstruction surgery, legal and regulatory issues, and 3DP-related emerging technologies (VR/AR, AI, Robotics).

Date: April 19 – 20, 2017
Location:  Mission Bay Conference Center, San Francisco, CA

Click here for more information.



Pediatric Health Care & Device Innovation Day – Richmond, VA

The Children’s Hospital of Richmond at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium, and VCU Institute for Engineering and Medicine present the Pediatric Health Care and Device Innovation Day. Key topics will include pediatric device development, opportunities for seed funding and collaboration, and congressional engagement and involvement in future funding for pediatric focused healthcare initiatives.

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time: 8:00AM – 2:00PM
Location: Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, 1000 E Broad Street, Richmond, VA 23219

Click here to register.

IPEG Innovations Session Call for Abstracts

Abstract submission deadline:  March 16, 2017

Both physicians and industry engineers/scientists/researchers are invited to submit abstracts to the Innovations Session to be held during IPEG's 26th Annual Congress for Endosurgery in Children on July 19-22, 2017 in London, England. Submissions should report on cutting edge or emerging technologies for which formal experimental data may not yet be available.

Abstracts should include 1) the objective of the technology or device, 2) a description of the technology and method of its use of application, 3) preliminary results if available, and 4) conclusions and future directions. They must be submitted online.

For more information, visit http://www.ipeg.org/abstract/.


Reminder: ASAIO Pediatric Device Consortia Proposals are due today.

News & Announcements - February 2017

In the News:

Magnets Offer Hope for People with Sleep Apnea

The PDC’s Magnap device was recently profiled on ABC 7 News. Led by Dr. Michael Harrison, PDC engineers, clinicians and collaborators have been developing an alternative treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) powered by magnetic force. First, a dime-sized rare earth magnet with a ferromagnetic back-plate encased in titanium is implanted on the hyoid bone in the neck via a minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Then, the patient is fitted with a custom, removable external neck brace containing a second magnet that is worn during sleep. The brace’s magnet pulls the internal magnet on the hyoid bone forward with sufficient force to keep the airway open, thereby preventing airway collapse.

The device is currently in a first-in-human clinical trial at UCSF and is accepting new patients. J.J. Standing, a clinical trial participant, told ABC 7 News, “It’s saving my life. I’m lucky to be able to say I’m the first one.” 

For information on the clinical trial, visit http://clinicaltrials.ucsf.edu/trial/NCT02431507.
Read more about Magnap on ABC 7 News: http://abc7news.com/health/magnets-offer-hope-for-people-with-sleep-apnea/1758876/

New Collaboration Launches to Advance Technology for Children’s Health

On Thursday, January 12, clinicians, engineers, researchers, and administrators from UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley, the Benioff Children’s Hospitals, and Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute convened for the inaugural Engineering for Children’s Health Symposium at Mission Bay Conference Center in San Francisco. The event marked the launch of a collaborative effort dedicated to developing innovative technological solutions to improve patient safety, eliminate health disparities, cure disease, and end disability for children. The agenda included research talks, demos, and a panel discussion by interdisciplinary faculty, trainees, industry leaders, and administrators with the hope to harness the strengths of each institution to address unmet needs in pediatrics. Building on the work of the PDC, the Engineering for Children’s Health Initiative aims to advance inter-campus collaborations in the area of children’s health through seed funding, trainee research opportunities, and accelerator services. 

For more information on the symposium, including videos of the research talks, visit http://surgicalinnovations.ucsf.edu/news--events/events/echi-symposium.aspx.
Read about the symposium on UCSF News: http://www.ucsf.edu/news/2017/02/405836/new-collaboration-launches-advance-technology-childrens-health



Funding Opportunities:

MedTech Innovator 2017 Call for Applications

Application deadline: February 28, 2017

MedTech Innovator is the medical technology industry’s nonprofit global competition and accelerator for medical device, digital health, and diagnostic companies. The 2017 Accelerator and Competition will award over $500,000 in cash prizes, scholarships, and in-kind awards along with exposure to industry leaders. Visit https://medtechinnovator.org/apply/ for application details and instructions. 


ASAIO Call for Pediatric Device Presentations

Submission deadline: March 1, 2017

The ASAIO Annual Conference will hold the 2nd Pediatric Device Consortia Consulting Forum in Chicago on June 21. Those who wish to present their novel idea on how to get a pediatric device to market before a panel of members from the FDA Pediatric Device Consortia should submit a proposal of less than two pages by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to info@asaio.com with subject line “Pediatric Device Consortia Proposal.” Proposals should include a brief device description, intended use, stage of development, market share, and regulatory pathway. Two proposals will be selected for presentation and will receive a monetary award as well as constructive feedback from experts in the field. For more information, visit https://asaio.com/annual-conference/pediatric-mechanical-circulatory-support-program/


CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant

LOI submission deadline: March 15, 2017

The Southern California Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is pleased to announce the Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) Grant, a new grant program supporting the advancement of innovations in pediatric technology and devices. Up to six grants of $25,000-$50,000 will be awarded to projects developing pediatric innovation from ideation through commercialization. Applicants are encouraged to submit a letter of intent by March 15, 2017. Please see the attached flyer for details or visit http://www.scctip.org/funding/.  

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