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Pediatric Medical Device ‘Idea Campaign’ Launched Online

on February 24, 2010 Source: Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship

In an effort to stimulate early stage innovation, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation announced today an eight-week online “idea campaign” to encourage innovations and collaborations to meet the growing medical needs of children. Parents, doctors, researchers, entrepreneurs and others have eight weeks to post and vote on innovative ideas for children’s medical devices.

The inspiration behind this unique forum comes from the joint Kauffman Foundation and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Pediatric Medical Device Innovation fellowship team of John Avi Roop and surgical resident Kevin Chao, MD. The goal is to harness the creativity and collaboration of groups of people, and to shorten the time it takes to get solutions to market.

The medical device market for children has a higher demand than supply. “There is a trio of barriers that limits the availability of pediatric medical devices,” said Chao. “There are very small markets in a heterogeneous population with high regulatory hurdles and poor payer mix. This perfect storm of barriers makes it hard to create a sustainable business, or get investors excited. We are bringing people together in a forum that encourages them to contribute and share their ideas freely. This is a radical departure from what people are used to in the business or medical world. By leveraging people's collective passion, genius and creativity we can hope to achieve something worthwhile.”

“The power of idea campaigns like this is to enable people who previously had no voice in the early stage innovation process,” said Rick Bess, CEO, PreBeta. “The spark for an idea often comes from unexpected people and places. For example, a family doctor, operating room nurse or a pediatric patient’s family can contribute. Medical R&D organizations can then run with the most promising ideas, innovate new technologies, and bring commercial products to market.”

The idea campaign can be accessed at There is no cost to participate, and the online community has transparent access to post, view, vote and comment on ideas. The eight-week campaign will end on April 21.

Category:  General  Technology Transfer 

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