A Model for Overcoming Challenges in Academic Pediatric Medical Device Innovation


Pediatric medical technology advancement is about a decade behind adult technology advancement.  This technology lag was reflected in a lack of pediatric-specific innovation within the University of Minnesota (UMN).  To address this institutional and national deficit, we developed a novel program around pediatric technology innovation. The Pediatric Health Innovation Program (PHIP) at the UMN supports pediatric medical technology projects through funding, expertise and project management. The PHIP model reflects the special needs of innovation for smaller markets and academic inventors. Our approach serves as a model for institutions interested in creating support mechanisms for pediatric or small-market technology development.