Ideas Wanted for Pediatric Device Competition

The burgeoning field of medical device innovation is taking a childish turn. Inventors and spectators alike are invited to submit to or attend the Pediatric Device Workshop and Innovation Competition, being hosted on campus on Friday, Aug. 10.

Atlanta Pediatric Device Competition 2012
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Hosted by the Atlanta Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC), the event will give out several awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 depending on the device and its stage of development. Devices should be targeted to the pediatric population and will be divided into four age groups, ranging from birth to age 21.

Applicants should submit two-page proposals for their devices by Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 3 p.m. to Jenny Taylor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. More information, including submission guidelines, is available at Submissions are welcome from all faculty, entrepreneurs, clinicians, fellows, residents and students from any institution.

Those interested in attending but not submitting entries may RSVP to the event online. The competition is free to attend, includes a complimentary breakfast and will take place at the Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences (IBB) Building.

APDC was launched last year with a two-year, $1.8 million grant from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to encourage the development of medical devices tailored to the needs of children, with the plan of taking the devices from conception to commercialization.