The Alliance for Pediatric Device Innovation (APDI), the federally funded consortium led by Children’s National Hospital, announced the finalists of its special MedTech Color edition of “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition. This edition supports pediatric medical device advancements from African American and Hispanic innovators.
The competition aims to advance devices that meet critical patient needs while promoting a more inclusive approach to medical technology innovation. The finalists will compete for a share of up to $50,000 in grants funded by the U.S. FDA that will support innovators’ efforts to bring their devices to the commercial market for the benefit of children everywhere.
“The children we serve come from diverse backgrounds, so nurturing diversity among our innovators will help us ensure that their needs are met,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph, MBA, vice president and chief innovation officer at Children’s National and APDI program director and principal investigator. “We are delighted to partner with MedTech Color in this endeavor.”
The five pediatric medical device finalists are:
- 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.
- 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.
- SealCath LLC – Mount Pleasant, S.C.: A double balloon catheter, SethCath is designed to treat infants facing bowel disorders. Specifically designed for mucous fistula refeeding, this catheter offers a gentle and precise method to provide essential nutrition and support.
- TNC Medical Solutions – Los Angeles: TNC Medical Solutions offers an advancement in gastrostomy tube (g-tube) reinsertion designed to improve the quality of life for patients reliant on enteral feeding.
- WearableDose Inc. – Bowie, Md.: Harnessing artificial intelligence for real-time, precise dosimetry in cancer treatment, WearableDose aims to transform patient care with innovative wearable technology.
Additionally, two of the finalists, Kofimi Technology and SealCath, were chosen to compete in the broader MedTech Color competition, held the same day and open to adult and pediatric devices. These two finalists will have the opportunity to make their pitch in both competitions.
Pediatric finalists were chosen from a field of 27 pediatric entries by a panel of expert judges that included representation from MedTech Color and APDI. Finalists will compete on March 15 at the MedTech Color 4th Annual Pitch Competition at the UCLA campus. Event registration and additional details are available here.
“The competition’s additional investment in companies developing technologies for the pediatric population is significant,” said Kwame Ulmer, MedTech Color founder and board member. “This means more patients will get access to medtech ecosystem accelerants. As more pitch finalists from diverse backgrounds finally get access to funding, this will provide more opportunities for children and young adults in overlooked communities.”