Six innovators developing novel devices and technologies for pediatric patients were selected as winners for the second Consortium for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics Catalyzing Pediatric Grant competition (each awarded at $30,000-$45,000).
Pediatric patients have long been an underserved population in the technology space with many having to deal with ill-fitted medical devices and a lack of access to effective diagnostic or therapeutic devices. CTIP aims to address these unmet needs.
The 2018 grant winners, announced August 31, are as follows:
Infant microbiome monitoring at the point of need – Floragraph, Inc is developing an infant microbiome monitoring device for home or clinic use. The device is an integrated system, which processes stool samples and performs microarray-based analysis within hours and at low cost. The development of a healthy microbiome over the first year of life is potentially crucial to short- and long-term health. Today, parents and pediatricians lack a simple method to assess an infant’s microbiome, suggest effective treatment and evaluate its impact.
A novel short arm exoskeleton – Cast21, Inc is developing an exoskeleton to help treat orthopedic fractures. The device is completely malleable upon application, forms a rigid and anatomical contoured support rapidly, and provides an easy to use experience for providers and patients via its innovative phase-changing technology. The combination of waterproof and biocompatible materials in the latticed design of the exoskeleton may provide a more comfortable and hygienic solution for patients.
A wearable medical device for infant massage and vagal nerve stimulation – Natalhealth, Inc is developing a wearable medical device that utilizes pressure patterns to replicate infant massage to stimulate vagal nerve stimulation. The technology is incorporated seamlessly into a swaddle, and provides stimulation without interfering with the care of the infant.
A novel leg dexterity testing device - Neuromuscular Dynamics, LLC is developing a device that is portable and can quantify the neuromuscular control of the legs without exposing patients to high forces or risky weight-bearing maneuvers. Technology to safely and quickly quantify recovery of neuromuscular control after leg injuries can improve clinical decision-making including return-to-sports decisions.
An improved sound-delivery vest – CHLA is developing a garment for applying sound waves to the chest for treating respiratory conditions, including cystic fibrosis. The sound vest is a lightweight, form-fitting garment that applies sound waves directly to the chest wall. The sound travels into the airways and aims to loosen mucus and promote expectoration.
A virtual reality system for pediatric chronic pain – AppliedVR, Inc is developing a virtual reality (vr) program that uses biodata to teach children and adolescents how to gain control over their response to stress and pain. Users learn how to practice optimal diaphragmatic breathing and receive psychoeducation through immersive, interactive lessons so they can recognize and change their body’s response to stress and pain.