Medical devices in pediatrics is an underserved area due to the characteristics of the patient. Children are usually less likely to be sick, the regulatory and ethical complexity treating children and lastly, the changing nature of growing children’s bodies creating its own challenges.
Support for pediatric medical technology innovators commenced under Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (known as CTIP), has been through the PDC program funded by the US FDA in 2009. To date there have been 4 cycles of the program.
The goal of the program is to support innovators and experts in pediatrics to develop safe, effective medical devices designed specifically for pediatric patients.
Patient outcomes have a strong focus in pediatrics and adult medicine is playing catchup.
Dr Juan Espinoza as the Director and Chief Investigator at the West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) spoke with Mike Lesner in Global Health Talks.