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News & Announcements - November 2016

Comments Sought on CDRH’s New Patient Engagement Program

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) launched its new Patient & Care-Partner Connection program, intended to enable more meaningful engagement between FDA and patients regarding their experiences with medical devices and their treatments. The program is tied to the CDRH’s strategic priority to partner with patients, care-partners, and patient advocates during the development and evaluation of medical devices. FDA is seeking public comments on the program through January 6, 2017. Visit FDA-2016-N-3462 to submit a formal comment.


AAP SOATT Fall 2016 Newsletter

The American Academy of Pediatrics’ Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology’s (SOATT) Fall 2016 newsletter includes a discussion of the FDA’s newly published “Pediatric Extrapolation Guidance,” an interview with clinical medical device developer Johnie Rose, MD, PhD, and a farewell to recently retired PDC Director Linda Ulrich, MD. See attached.


Caltech WAVE Fellows Program

Deadline for applications: January 10, 2017 

The WAVE Fellows program provides support for talented undergraduates intent on pursuing a PhD to conduct a 10-week summer research project at Caltech. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Fellows will receive a $6000 award for the ten-week program and an additional $500 housing and travel supplement.


Caltech Amgen Scholars Program

Deadline for applications: February 15, 2017 

The Amgen Scholars program is geared towards students in biology, chemistry, and biotechnology fields. Students must be current sophomores through non-graduating seniors, must be attending a four-year university in the U.S., and must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents. A minimum GPA of 3.2 is required. Scholars will receive a $6000 award, round-trip airfare, campus housing, and a food allowance.


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Philadelphia PDC Grant Announcement

Deadline for white paper submissions: October 7, 2016

The Philadelphia Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC) is pleased to announce its fourth annual Request for Applications for funds up to $50,000 to support the development of pediatric medical devices. This competitive program is an opportunity for the scientific and business community, including entrepreneurs, clinicians, businesses, academic researchers, and medical, science, and engineering students, to develop and commercialize pediatric medical devices.

Details and instructions: https://www.phillypediatricmeddevice.org/funding-new

Questions: Joshua Dienstman, PPDC Project Manager, ppdc@email.chop.edu

Fourth Annual NCC-PDI Device Innovation Competition

Deadline to Submit:  September 5, 2016

The National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innnovation (NCC-PDI) is seeking proposals from inventors in medical institutions, private practices, the business community, and academic researchers who have medical device concepts or ideas for use with pediatric patients. Proposals should address a significant, yet unmet need within the pediatric population with a device idea that lends itself to commercialization.

The proposal should be directed towards development of a commercializable product, not research of a scientific concept. Issues such as prototyping, manufacturing, marketing, and regulatory clearance will be paramount and should be addressed explicitly.

Finalists will be invited to present their device at a live competition at the NCC-PDI's 4th Annual Symposium on Pediatric Surgical Innovation in Washington, DC, on October 8, 2016. 

Details and instructions: http://www.innovate4kids.org/funding-opportunities/