Pediatric Device Innovators Forum

We are hosting The Pediatric Device Innovators Forum (PDIF), a new, quarterly collaborative educational experience from the FDA and the five Pediatric Device Consortia designed to connect and foster synergy among innovators across the technology development ecosystem who are interested in pediatric medical device development. From pediatric clinicians and surgeons, to academia, engineers, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, and more, this event is for you.

The Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium and its partners at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, are hosting the first forum in the PDIF series as part of McGowan's Annual Scientific Retreat.

Biomaterial Challenges in Pediatric Prosthetic Heart Valve Development
March 11, 2021 at 3-4:30pm EST
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Featuring expert panelists:

  • Pediatric heart valve prostheses: Addressing unmet needs — Jonathan Chen, MD (Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, CHOP)

  • New synthetic biomaterials for pediatric heart valves — William Wagner, PhD (Director, McGowan Institute, Univ. of Pittsburgh)

  • Preclinical development of a novel heart valve prosthesis for pediatrics — Narendra Vyavahare, PhD (Professor, Dept. of Bioengineering, Clemson University)

  • Pediatric prosthetic heart valve trials in the US — Martijn Cox, PhD (Chief Technology Officer, Xeltis)

  • Materials regulation for pediatric heart valves — Scott McNamee, PhD (Materials Engineer, Office of Compliance, CDRH, FDA)

Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 15:00