For years, pediatric patients have dealt with ill-fitted medical devices and at times, have had no access at all to effective diagnostic or therapeutic devices. Health care providers have been forced to adapt adult devices to infants and children, and the resulting improvisations have been far from ideal, both in efficacy and safety.
In an effort to improve pediatric care, CTIP was formed in 2011 at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) with the support of the Office of the Provost at the University of Southern California (USC). CTIP’s main mission has been to address the substantial unmet need for novel pediatric medical devices, as well as the appropriate adaptation and validation of existing adult devices for children. CTIP recently received a five-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration which enables it to bring together the best experts to accelerate the development of pediatric medical devices, a path with many obstacles due to the often small target populations and the challenges of addressing a vulnerable population. These experts advise aspiring device developers on the manufacturing process, intellectual property protection, regulatory oversight, funding opportunities, clinical trial design and commercial partnerships.
CTIP services the Southern California community by helping innovators understand the commercialization challenges early in the process and to identify viable paths to market through innovative business models and collaboration. Contact us today to explore how CTIP can help.
The overall goal of CTIP is to sustain a needs-driven pipeline of new pediatric medical devices from the Southern California community and to develop a business model to increase the likelihood of successful commercialization as encouraged by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
To facilitate growth in the existing translational and commercialization resources present in the CTIP ecosystem, we provide feasibility analysis tools, resources, services, and assemble and educate pediatric product development teams.
CTIP continually seeks to build its relationships with a variety of stakeholders, such as the medical device industry, medical centers, innovators, parents, and patient advocacy groups. Contact us today to see what role you can play to improve children’s medical care.