As a FDA-supported Pediatric Device Consortium (PDC), SWPDC possesses several short- and long-term goals that will enhance the development, production and distribution of pediatric medical devices nationwide.
- Develop and implement strategies that will sustain a productive needs-driven pipeline of new pediatric devices
- Optimize the regulatory and manufacturing infrastructure within Texas Children’s Hospital (TCH) / Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Texas Medical Center-affiliated institutions, and the Southwest U.S. region as well as nationally in order to enable pediatric device projects at all stages to progress toward commercialization and clinical implementation
- Serve as a resource 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 with direct device funding