The Consortium is led by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center (SZI) and the University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering (UMD-Clark). It is built on focused commitment for collaboration and innovation in pediatric device development. This organizational structure provides critical mass for clinical, regulatory, business, scientific, and engineering expertise, as well as geographical proximity of only six miles. A good number of SZI faculty hold academic appointments at UMD-Clark. SZI has granted affiliated membership to selected UMD-Clark faculty. While SZI and UMD-Clark will serve as the leader of NCC-PDI, the Consortium will consist of an impressive number of nonprofit and for-profit partners that add a wealth of experience in pediatric device development. The following entities act as the backbone for NCC-PDI and will provide a strong foundation and critical mass in pediatric device development.


Goal 1
Provide a platform of experienced regulatory, business planning, and device development services (such as intellectual property counsel, prototyping, engineering, laboratory and animal testing, grant writing, and clinical trial design) to foster the advance of medical devices for pediatric patients.
Goal 2
Bring together individuals and institutions than can support pediatric medical device progression through all stages of development – ideation, concept formation, prototyping, preclinical, clinical, manufacturing, marketing, and commercialization.
Goal 3
Support a mix of projects at all stages of development, particularly the later stages of clinical, manufacturing, and marketing.
Goal 4
Provide counsel on accessing various Federal and non-Federal funding resources while assessing the scientific and medical merit of proposed pediatric device projects.

Member Institutions