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The Southwest Pediatric Device Consortium (SWPDC) based at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine supports pediatric device innovators with product and technology acceleration services and business acceleration services both regionally and nationally, with the goal of commercialization and clinical use of novel pediatric medical devices. The consortium includes clinical, scientific, business, financial, regulatory, reimbursement, engineering, ISO13485 compliant product design & manufacturing, intellectual property, and academic partners in the Houston / Southwest U.S. region, including Texas A&M University, Rice University, University of Houston, local device development firms, and other children’s hospitals in the Southwest U.S. region (including Children's Hospital of San Antonio, Children's Health in Dallas, and Phoenix Children's). The consortium facilitates the development of pediatric medical devices by coordinating resources within its existing translational and commercialization framework.  The consortium recognizes that pediatric device projects may need an extended life cycle in the children’s hospital / academic setting before exposure to the external market, where the faculty, students, and resources of major children's hospitals can partner with established engineering design teams at major research universities to identify unmet pediatric device needs, assemble clinical faculty and engineering design team partnerships, and then develop and test new pediatric device prototypes that can be developed into viable pediatric medical devices.  The consortium will also help to increase awareness around the need for novel pediatric medical device development, as well as identify and address current barriers to the development and commercialization of pediatric devices with a particular focus on establishing a productive needs-driven pipeline of new pediatric medical devices. The consortium networks its stakeholders with the business, investment, higher education, and philanthropic communities in the entire Southwest U.S. region in order to provide pediatric innovators with comprehensive pediatric device development services.