FDA Awards CTIP Another Five-Year Grant to Support Pediatric Medical Device Innovation

November 30, 2023

 The Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) has received a five-year Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Orphan Products Development. The grant of $5.75M over five years will continue to support CTIP’s work to improve child health outcomes by advancing pediatric medical devices.

The grant was awarded to the team led by Juan Espinoza, MD, Director and Principal Investigator at CTIP and Chief Research Informatics Officer for Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. CTIP’s leadership team includes Co-Directors Yaniv Bar-Cohen, MD, pediatric cardiologist, and Melissa Bent, MD, pediatric orthopedist, both at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. CTIP is one of only five centers in the United States awarded a PDC grant for the 2023–2028 cycle.

“Medical devices are critical in the diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, but they are rarely designed, developed, tested, and approved specifically for children. The PDC program is an important component of a larger national strategy to close this pediatric health inequity,” said Dr. Espinoza. “CTIP’s mission is to help support pediatric device innovators from concept to commercialization, and to ensure that the needs of children and their families are first and foremost in the development of new technologies.”

CTIP, an FDA-funded pediatric medical device accelerator, is based at Lurie Children’s and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Established in 2011, CTIP has been funded by the FDA’s PDC grant program in 2013, 2018, and 2023. CTIP promotes the development and commercialization of pediatric medical devices by simultaneously engaging and coordinating clinicians, engineers, regulators, hospital administrators, industry, patients, and the business community to guide and support medical device development for children.

Visit the FDA website for more information on the PDC program. Additional information about CTIP is available here.

Research at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago is conducted through Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, which is focused on improving child health, transforming pediatric medicine, and ensuring healthier futures through the relentless pursuit of knowledge. Lurie Children’s is a nonprofit organization committed to providing access to exceptional care for every child. It is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals by U.S. News World Report. Lurie Children’s is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.