View this email in your browser

New England Pediatric Device Consortium

March 2017  

Who We Are

NEPDC is a non-profit consortium of clinicians and business leaders who are driven to help incentivize and accelerate commercialization of safe and effective technologies for pediatric clinical care. 
Read More ...

Grant Program

Through a Grant Award program, NEPDC evaluates product concepts across the commercialization spectrum, from ideas to near-to-market devices, and provides rapid and targeted assistance to innovators seeking to address the needs of children suffering from disease or disabilities. 
Read More ...

Get Involved

NEPDC thrives on the great work done by volunteers and individuals passionate about making a difference in the lives of children. Want to get involved? Here's how.

Grant Deadlines

General Submission

Abstract: Anytime before April 3, 2017

Full Application (invitation only): April 24, 2017

Learn more about the Application process...

FDA Support

NEPDC is funded by the FDA's Office of Orphan Product Development as part of the Pediatric Device Consortia Grant Program.

Member Organizations

Contact Us

Cassie Brugger
Program Administrator

10 Water Street Suite 410
Lebanon, New Hampshire 03766
P: 603-678-8260         

Integrating Industrial Design Resources
into Early Product Planning

Written by Josh Page, NEPDC Project Lead in Technology Development
The greatest challenge faced by startups is conveying the value of their product or technology to their stakeholders and end users. Most developers talk their way through the design of their technology when a well-developed image or rendering is the most efficient method of communication. This translation is particularly important when the startup is seeking funding, investment, or licensing deals. Breaking into the medical device field can be challenging enough; add a complicated device that is poorly communicated and you can send the wrong message. Even worse, your bad design or representation of the product can become the focus of discussion. 

New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC) understands these challenges. NEPDC systematizes the commercialization process for innovators or startups by using a methodology. The consortium then targets specific areas of expertise across business development, product evaluation, and technology development that may have been overlooked or considered inaccessible due to budget constraints.

One of the sub-specialties NEPDC offers within technology development is industrial design.  Best described by the World Design Organization (WDO), “industrial design bridges the gap between what is and what’s possible. It is a trans-disciplinary profession that harnesses creativity to resolve problems and co-create solutions with the intent of making a product, system, service, experience or a business, better”. Simply put: when design support is integrated into early development efforts, it will be an invaluable asset at each subsequent stage of product development and commercialization. Read more here.
NEPDC Awardees Announced
Congratulations to our most recent NEPDC Awardees! 
Needle Free Blood Draw Technology
Eric Stone, MBA, CEO and Co-Founder of Velano Vascular
Velano Vascular was awarded a Seed Award after completion of a successful Pre-Seed engagement and proposal to NEPDC for additional funding and in-kind service to support commercialization efforts of PIVO, an FDA cleared device that aims to lessen the stressful experience for patients during inpatient blood draws. 
Agnes Scoville, MD, Co-Founder of Aggie MD 
Dr. Agnes Scoville is the recipient of a Pre-Seed Award to support the commercialization and hospital adoption of Pacidose, a safe and effective baby medicine dispenser.
Copyright © 2017 New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC), All rights reserved.

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences