Children's National names 6 winners of NICU device competition

Six winners were named in a pitch competition for medical devices designed to improve care in the neonatal intensive care unit at the seventh annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium, hosted by Washington, D.C.-based Children's National Hospital.

Each winner of the "Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!" competition received $25,000 and the chance to join the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation's new accelerator program. The event was sponsored by the FDA-funded consortium, which is led by Children's National's Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation and the University of Maryland's engineering school.

The winning companies and their devices are:

  • AlgometRx (Washington, D.C.): a test for earlier detection and monitoring of neonatal abstinence syndrome related to opioid withdrawal.
  • Epitel (Salt Lake City): a low-cost, disposable EEG machine to improve real-time monitoring of hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy at community hospitals.
  • Novonate (South San Francisco): a device to secure and protect umbilical catheter insertion sites, preventing infection.
  • PyrAmes (Cupertino, Calif.): a noninvasive, wireless device for continuous blood pressure monitoring.
  • Raydiant Oximetry (Mountain View, Calif.): technology to improve detection of fetal distress during labor and delivery, reducing unnecessary cesarean deliveries and metabolic acidosis in newborns.
  • Rhaeos (Evanston, Ill.): a wearable device for noninvasive monitoring of ventricular shunt function in hydrocephalus patients.

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