PDC Announcements – Monday, November 18

The Kidney Project at Surgery Grand Rounds - Wed. Nov. 20

Shuvo Roy is presenting at this Wednesday’s Surgical Innovations Grand Rounds on the “Implantable Artificial Kidney for End Stage Renal Disease Therapy.” Grand Rounds begins at 7:00 am in Toland Hall (Room U-142) on the Parnassus campus. The conversation will continue at 8:00 am at the Surgical Innovations Group meeting in Room S-118. Please join us if you’re free!   

FDA Workshop on Pediatric Devices for Rare Diseases – Wed. Jan. 8.

This one-day public workshop on the FDA campus in Silver Spring, MD, will focus on complex issues related to the following broad topics associated with medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of pediatric patients affected by rare diseases: Current approaches toward use of medical devices for pediatric clinical practice; Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) marketing pathway, including the Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation process; pediatric specialty-specific practice areas; clinical trials and registries; and pediatric needs assessment and possible approaches to advancing pediatric medical device development. Registration and agenda at http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/NewsEvents/WorkshopsConferences/ucm367656.htm. The workshop will be webcast as well.

Caltech-UCSF Innovation Symposium – Sat. Jan. 11

The Caltech-UCSF Innovation Symposium has been rescheduled to Saturday, January 11th. This exciting day-long symposium brings together UCSF researchers and clinicians and Caltech scientists and engineers to form collaborations around designing solutions to clinical problems. Please email LariosA@vision.ucsf.edu to register.

“Idea to IPO” Course Starting in January  

Idea to IPO is one of the UCSF Entrepreneurship Center’s core offerings for people who have a venture idea and want to work on a business plan with a team and a mentor. Top-tier industry participants will join course directors Steve Burrill, CEO of investment firm Burrill & Company, and UCSF Professor and entrepreneur, Charly Craik, to bring real-life experience to the classroom. Topics cover the full range of life science/healthcare entrepreneurship subjects for therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, tools and digital health ventures. Please express your interest here. The course runs January to April at the UCSF Mission Bay campus. Details and full application will be available soon.

MTM Program Accepting Applications for Fall 2014

The UC Berkeley-UCSF Master of Translational Medicine program is a professional master's program run jointly between the College of Engineering at UC Berkeley and the Schools of Medicine and Pharmacy at UCSF. MTM is well-suited for scientists, engineers, and clinicians with a strong interest in medical technology innovation, including medical devices, new drug development, technical design, and the business and regulatory aspects of the med-tech and healthcare industries. Applications for Fall 2014 are due by February 3, 2014. See program website at http://bioeng.berkeley.edu/mtm and contact MTM Executive Director Kyle Kurpinski at kkurpins@berkeley.edu with questions.

Car Mechanic Dreams Up a Tool to Ease Births – NYTimes.com  

A neat story ran in the New York Times last week on a device invented by an Argentine car mechanic to assist births in cases of obstructed labor: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/14/health/new-tool-to-ease-difficult-births-a-plastic-bag.html?hp&_r=0