Children’s National, UMd. name Covid-19 pediatric device contest winners

A local effort to improve health care for kids in the age of Covid-19 has identified a group of contenders doing just that.

The “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition, the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation’s initiative to find and fund coronavirus-related pediatric medical devices, has named its winners — spanning from a portable intensive care unit ventilator to a wearable ultrasound for babies. That roster also included one local player, a Maryland company with a tool to diagnose ear infections.

The contest, held by Children’s National Hospital’s Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering, invested a total of $250,000 into eight ventures to support pediatric patients amid the pandemic.

The virtual event, also supported by nonprofit accelerator MedTech Innovator, involved a panel of 75 experts from across sectors who judged the ventures based on…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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