Philadelphia, Dec. 10, 2013 For medical devices, as with many medicines, the market for children is a small fraction of the adult market, and there are far fewer child-sized devices. But, of course, the need exists, even if proper devices may not.
"It's not simply a matter of scaling down adult equipment for pediatric use," said Matthew Maltese, Ph.D., a bioengineer at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). "Pediatricians have long known that children are not just small adults, and adults are not just big children."
Maltese is the principal investigator of the Philadelphia Regional Pediatric Medical Device Consortium (PPDC), which brings engineers and biomedical researchers from CHOP, Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania to address the shortage of medical devices designed for children.
The PPDC recently received a $1.5 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). One of only seven pediatric device consortia nationwide recently funded by the FDA, the Philadelphia consortium will provide clinical, business and regulatory expertise, as well as seed funding, to help translate promising, innovative ideas into commercial devices for use in young patients.
"For a variety of reasons, it is difficult to advance pediatric medical devices beyond the idea stage," said Maltese. "We provide innovators with the support they need to transform concepts into practical and available medical devices that benefit children."
Robert Levy, M.D., William J. Rashkind Endowed Chair in Pediatric Cardiology at CHOP and a co-principal investigator of the Philadelphia PDC, also sees opportunities to help children, saying, "The Consortium will help to address unmet needs for pediatric medical devices." Like Maltese, in addition to his CHOP position, Levy is on the faculty of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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