Goals of the SouthWest national Pediatric Device innovation Consortium (SWPDC)

As a FDA-funded Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC), the SWPDC possesses several short- and long-term goals that will enhance the development, production and distribution of pediatric medical devices.

Short Term:

  • Develop and implement strategies that will sustain a productive needs-driven pipeline of new pediatric devices.

  • Optimize the regulatory and manufacturing infrastructure within TCH/BCM, Texas Medical Center-affiliated institutions, and the Southwest U.S. region in order to enable pediatric device projects at all stages to progress toward commercialization and clinical implementation.

  • Serve as a resource both in the Southwest U.S., as well as nationally and internationally, for pediatric device development.

Long Term:

  • Utilize a multi-disciplinary network of stakeholders at TCH/BCM, and Texas Medical Center-affiliated and Southwest U.S. institutions and local device development partners, as well as the business and investment communities, to provide promising pediatric device innovators with product development/commercialization acceleration, technology de-risking and business acceleration/de-risking services.

  • Continue to increase awareness of the necessity for novel pediatric medical device development.

  • Utilize academic resources to overcome current barriers to commercialization for such projects.

  • Promote the development of pediatric devices that address critical clinical needs through our extensive clinical advisory network as well as direct device funding.