Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC Announce Creation of the Center for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics

Published on 
May 13, 2011

New entity will address the need for medical devices specifically designed or modified for pediatric use

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Chester Koh, MD
Chester Koh, MD, director of the Robotic Surgery program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and co-director of CTIP.


LOS ANGELES (May 13, 2011) – Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the University of Southern California (USC) have announced the creation of a new Center for Technology and Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP). 

“Since children differ from adults in their size, anatomy, body chemistry, and overall growth and development, there currently exists a need for novel medical devices specifically designed for them, as well as for the adaptation and validation of existing adult devices for pediatric use,” said Chester Koh, MD, director of the Robotic Surgery program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and co-director of CTIP.

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has estimated that the development of pediatric medical devices lags behind the development of adult devices by 5 to 10 years.  This delay is a result of economic, clinical, and regulatory challenges, as well as a lack of established mechanisms for joining pediatric device ideas with qualified individuals, programs and industry partners.  To tackle this problem, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC are joining forces by uniting programs, institutes, faculty and students, along with industry and venture capital partners, in a topic-focused, systems-oriented approach.

CTIP will assemble this team of multidisciplinary stakeholders with the goal of:

  • identifying and fostering innovative pediatric device projects
  • connecting internal and external resources and people to support pediatric medical device development
  • addressing current barriers to commercialization, and
  • identifying academia’s role in alleviating these barriers, especially with regard to teaching and students. 

“Our long-term plans are for the CTIP to sustain a productive pipeline of new pediatric devices at Children’s Hospital and USC so that we can make a difference in the lives of patients right now as well as looking forward to improvements that will have a positive impact on their future,” said Brent Polk, MD, director of The Saban Research Institute and chair of Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine at USC.

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Children’s Hospital is home to The Saban Research Institute, one of the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States and is one of America's premier teaching hospitals, affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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