6 devicemakers awarded at Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium

The Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children's National Health System recently held the 4th annual Pediatric Surgical Innovation Symposium.

The event includes a competition to recognize medical device innovations that address an unmet medical need, according to the report. The competition is sponsored by the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation, an FDA-funded consortium led by Children's National, and theA. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland in College Park.

This year, a record 91 device makers from eight countries entered the contest. Here are the six companies awarded cash prizes.

$50,000 award winners

  • Maternal Life, based in Palo Alto, Calif., created a low-cost, closed system that captures and administers colostrum to newborns with zero percent loss.

  • JustRight Surgical, based in Louisville, Colo., developed a second generation surgical 5mm stapler scaled for a wider range of pediatric surgical procedures.

  • Lully, based in San Francisco, invented a moisture sensor and Smart Pod monitor that wirelessly connects to a smartphone app to prevent bedwetting episodes.

  • Center for Advanced Sensor Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County campus developed a low-cost, disposable multifunctional incubator for at-risk, low birth weight babies.

$25,000 awards winners

  • Nebula Industries, based in Melrose, Mass., created a quick release medical tape to prevent neonatal and pediatric skin injuries.

  • May and Meadow, based in Redwood City, Calif., produced a low-cost, mobile medical device to assess feeding ability in infants at risk for feeding problems.

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