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.
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.
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.