The Boston Pediatric Device Strategic Partner Challenge Submission Guidelines

Submission Guidelines

Application Process and Timeline

  • Click here to preview application questions.

  • Submit a quick application online at Applications are due by 11:59 PM ET at October 20, 2017.

  • Once an application is submitted, a comprehensive review of each application will be conducted by the Boston Pediatric Device Consortium (BPDC), the Innovation and Digital Health Accelerator at Boston Children's Hospital (IDHA), and the partner organizations.

  • Finalists will be named by Friday, November 24, 2017.

  • Finalists will be invited to a live Pitch event, where they will pitch their device in front of a panel of judges. Applicants must be available to pitch on December 6, 2017 to be considered for the award (arrangements can be made for remote pitch).

  • Winners will be selected and notified 1-2 weeks after the pitch event.

Application Terms

  • Application must include only non-confidential information. All information disclosed in the application will be considered non-confidential public information.

  • Company may not use Boston Children's Hospital or partner names and/or brands on website, marketing materials, etc.

  • From a legal perspective, applications do not create a contract or other relationship with Boston Children's Hospital or the strategic partners other than participation in the grant process.

  • If an award is granted, it is considered pending until the Boston Pediatric Device Consortium and/or strategic partner awarding the prize, is provided with more in-depth diligence items (such as an NDA) and execution of the term sheet.

Criteria for Pediatric Device Strategic Partner Challenge Award Selection


Meets FDA Pediatric Device Criteria

  • Must be a pediatric device, as defined by the FDA in accordance with section 201(h) of the Federal Food Drug & Cosmetic Act: "devices intended to be used for patients who are 21 years of age or younger at time of diagnosis or treatment".

  • Align with goal of PDC: Promote the development of pediatric medical devices, including devices developed originally for pediatric patients as well as existing adult devices adapted for pediatric use.

Team Qualifications

  • Project/Company leadership with potential to succeed in development and distribution of the technology - as demonstrated through leadership/project team description and/or bios that indicate prior pertinent experience.

Clinical Impact

  • Demonstration of a clear unmet need, indication of how the device meets this need and superiority to existing alternatives.

Market OpportunitY

  • Defined population that will benefit from the technology.

Business ModeL

  • Economic and growth plan that provides for long-term viability.
  • Reimbursement considerations (existing procedure/new procedure).
  • Likelihood of success and risk mitigation plan.

Plan for use of funds

  • Demonstrates a sound strategy for use of grant money and, if applicable, thoughtful leveraging of strategic partnership.

Defensible IP

IF APPLICABLE - Partner & Startup Fit/Match

  • Plan for partnering with one or more of the sponsoring device companies that leverages partner assets and competencies and aligns with the applicant device development plans.