November 10, 2015
The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) hosted its fifth annual innovation competition at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Engineering on October 21st. Finalists from across the country made presentations and discussed their device ideas with the APDC review committee, an audience of peers, and the engineering and medical community in attendance.
Five Virginia-area professionals served as judges: Susan Kornstein, M.D., co-founder and executive director of the VCU Institute for Women’s Health; P. Worth Longest, professor of mechanical and nuclear engineering at VCU; Carrie Roth, president/CEO and executive director at Virginia Biotechnology Research Park; Jennifer Rhodes, M.D., director for the Center for Craniofacial Care of Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU and the VCU Vascular Birthmark Clinic; and Eleanor Goode, chair of the Children’s Hospital Fund in Richmond.
“At the VCU School of Engineering we’re dedicated to cross-disciplinary education. It’s no surprise to see what creative solutions come from collaboration between businesses, engineers and pediatric care professionals,” said L. Franklin Bost, MBA, IDSA and executive associate dean for the School of Engineering. “This event is where pioneer innovations get the funds needed for commercialization. I’m certain that any of these proposed devices can spark diagnostic advancements and can meaningfully impact patients’ quality of life.”
At the end of the all-day event, five of the innovators were selected for seed grant awards ranging from $5,000 to $50,000.
This article reprinted from materials provided by Virginia Commonwealth University.