CTIP Accelerator Announces 2020 Semi-finalists for Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Annual Grant Competition

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JULY 7, 2020 - Now in its fourth year, the CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant remains competitive. CTIP received over 90 Letters of Intent for our 2020 Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant and is excited to share the many innovative products and concepts submitted for application in the pediatric medical device space. 

By the numbers: Over 90 applications from 21 states, including 48 applications from California

All device classes:

  • 9% Class I
  • 46% Class II
  • 6% Class III
  • 14% Exempt
  • 19% TBD
  • 7% Other

19 different Pediatric Subspecialties

  • Most common: Primary Care

CTIP is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We believe in supporting individuals from diverse and historically underrepresented backgrounds in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and business. By application, members of the company’s founding or executive team (for example: CEO, COO, CFO) identify as:

  • 60% Woman
  • 30% Person of Color
  • 22% Underrepresented minority in STEM
  • 4.4% LGBTQ+ individual
  • 6.7% Person with Disability(ies)
  • 5.5% Veteran
  • 16.7% None apply
  • 2.2% Prefer not to disclose

The 2020 semi-finalists, announced June 1, 2020 are as follows: 

Novel Ultrasound Contrast Agent for Catheter-Free Voiding Cystourethrogram

Novel Ultrasound Contrast Agent for Catheter-Free Voiding Cystourethrogram is an externally activated nanoparticle ultrasound contrast enhancing agent to decrease emotional trauma for kids undergoing catheterizations to diagnose vesicoureteral reflux.  

Application of Infrared Thermography to Pediatric Vascular Access

Application of Infrared Thermography to Pediatric Vascular Access will apply the latest Terahertz imaging technology to improve clinical practice for intravenous or “IV access”, a necessary but challenging and stressful procedure for children who are sick or need surgery.


Cognoa is a digital behavioral health company focused on improving the lives and clinical outcomes of children and families living with behavioral conditions, starting with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Their Real World Evidence project involves the implementation of an Autism Digital Diagnostic Tool into Pediatric Primary Care. www.cognoa.com 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin/company/Cognoa Twitter: @CognoaInc  


The Tarsus Eyelid Patch is a device and method for holding a superior tarsus of an eye in a closed position.  Keeping the eye in a closed position for an extended period of time allows the surface to heal defects and injuries, or regenerate. This reduces the risk of infection, preserves sight, heals the cornea or eye surface properly, and importantly, can do so comfortably with a lower amount of trauma to the eyelid as compared to the surgical procedure of tarsorrhaphy, which entails suturing the upper and lower eyelids together. www.nictavi.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nathan-horner-23a4944


Otovation is focused on innovation in the treatment of chronic ear disease and hearing loss in children and adults.  Their Middle Ear & Mastoid (MEM) Microcatheter System enables Middle Ear Pressure Equalization and Medication Delivery.

 Pediatric Medical Device, LLC

The Prolapse Whisperer is intended for use in treatment of stomal prolapse and assists in preventing recurrence. It can be used for splinting intestinal stomas, maintaining the integrity of the stomal opening, and preventing obstruction. www.pmdllc.wixsite.com/pmdllc

Promedix Inc

Promedix is developing Digital Capillary Refill, a product to improve the diagnostic accuracy of sepsis in children, with a goal to diagnose and treat pediatric sepsis earlier. www.promedixinc.com

Simovatons Inc

The CathPort is a simple, novel bladder drainage device which aims to revolutionize the treatment of neurogenic bladder in children. www.simovations.org/cathport

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simovations-inc/


spineX has developed a novel noninvasive spinal neuromodulation device (TESCoN) to activate the spinal neural circuits that control movement to transform sensory-motor function in children with Cerebral Palsy. www.spinexmed.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/spineXinc  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/spinexmed/

Strados Labs, Inc

Strados Labs has developed an autonomous wearable stethoscope for pediatric respiratory disease management using a The Remote Electronic Stethoscope Platform (RESPTM) consists of a wearable device that collects physiological and motion data, and a software analytics platform for data analysis. www.stradoslabs.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/stradoslabs  LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/strados-labs Twitter: @stradoslabs

University of California San Francisco Department of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences - Roy Lab

The SiMOx-AP is a novel artificial placenta device designed to support extremely premature infants, allowing them to grow and develop as they would in the womb.  www.pharm.ucsf.edu/roy


WaterShield is an innovative, efficient, pain-free moisture barrier medical device that offers cancer patients with central venous catheters a more comfortable, infection-proof shower experience. Cancer patients utilizing a central venous catheter are at the risk of waterborne infections if the site or line itself becomes wet.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/weston-lord

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The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP) is an FDA-funded pediatric MedTech accelerator centered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Our goal is to facilitate the development, production, and distribution of pediatric medical devices by identifying companies working in the space and providing advice, networking, and direct and indirect financial support on the road to commercialization.

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