Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI) announced the winners of the recent edition of the Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids! Competition.

The competition focused on recognizing and supporting African American and Hispanic pediatric medical device innovators. The awardees received a combined $50,000 in grant funding from APDI, made possible by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support the advancement of pediatric medical technologies to the market.

The winners were selected from a field of five finalists who gave pitch presentations on their innovation’s attributes, benefits to patients and pathway to commercialization before a panel of five expert judges. The event was held at the University of California, Los Angeles, as part of the annual MedTech Color Pitch Competition during L.A. MedTech Week 2024.

The award-winning pediatric devices and companies are:

  • Rubitection, Pittsburgh, Pa.– A low-cost skin assessment management tool for chronic wounds, Rubitection measures the properties of the skin. The system allows the user to monitor incremental changes in skin health to predict risk, monitor progression and customize care.
  • Kofimi Technology Inc., Danvers, Mass. – This patent-pending pulse oximeter device is designed specifically for pediatric populations to provide superior accuracy for all levels of skin pigmentation. A pulse oximeter measures oxygen levels in the blood.

“Funding innovators of African American and Hispanic backgrounds is crucial for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives because it addresses systemic barriers and inequities that have historically hindered this group from accessing resources and opportunities in the life sciences sector,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, PhD, MBA, PMP, vice president and chief innovation officer at Children’s National and APDI program director and principal investigator. “Supporting a diverse group of innovators enriches the research and development process by bringing a variety of perspectives and viewpoints representing all populations.”

Along with the grant award, all finalists receive access to a network of supportive resources and expertise as part of their connection to APDI and MedTech.

“We believe there is a community of companies focused on platforms that treat or diagnose pediatrics,” said Kwame Ulmer, founder of MedTech Color. “This partnership allows us to significantly increase the support we provide for entrepreneurs in this area. We are delighted to be a part of the Children’s National community to drive positive patient outcomes.”

Founded in 2017, MedTech Color is a nonprofit organization that works to advance the representation of people of color in the medical device industry and to nurture the next generation of founders. For more information on MedTech Color, visit

APDI is one of five nonprofit consortia in the FDA’s Pediatric Device Consortia program that receives funding to provide a platform of services, expertise and grants to support pediatric innovators in bringing medical devices to the market that address the needs of children. Along with Children’s National, APDI members include Johns Hopkins University, CIMIT at Mass General Brigham, Tufts Medical Center, Medstar Health Research Institute, OrthoPediatrics Corp. and MedTech Color.