NAVI was awarded $50,000 during the 5th Annual Symposium on Pediatric Device Innovation in San Jose, California on the 24th of September, 2017.
The symposium is an FDA-sponsored pediatric medical device competition. The Fifth Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium is held in San Jose, California. It has been organized by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System. The symposium’s stated main purpose is to further the innovation and commercialisation of medical devices - specifically those specialising in pediatric care.
NAVI was selected as one of twelve finalists to pitch its pediatric medical device innovation, the neoNAV, at the “Make Your Medical Device Pitch for Kids!” competition to a panel of judges in a bid to secure part of the $250,000 prize pool and consultation services.
“Our heartfelt congratulations to Navi Medical Technologies for being selected amongst a highly competitive field of worthy devices," said Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., executive director of the Sheikh Zayed Institute and NCC-PDI. "In our role as a catalyst for pediatric innovation, we see this as the beginning of our relationship with Navi.”
A special mention goes to Navi COO Shing Yue Sheung, who acted as Navi’s representative and represented Navi’s medical device, the Neonav, at the competition in San Jose.
Twelve finalists were given five minutes to present their proposal to the judging panel, which included Susan Alpert, M.D., of SFA Consulting, a former director of the FDA Office of Device Evaluation and former senior vice president and chief regulatory officer of Medtronic; Charles Berul, M.D., of Children’s National; Andrew Elbardissi, M.D., of Deerfield Management; Rick Greenwald, Ph.D., of the New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC); James Love, J.D., of Oblon; Josh Makower, M.D., of NEA; Jennifer McCaney, Ph.D., of MedTech Innovator; Jackie Phillips, M.D., of Johnson & Johnson; and Tracy Warren of Astarte Ventures