CTIP Accelerator Announces 2021 Finalists for Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Annual Grant Competition

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 14, 2021 - Now in its fifth year, the CTIP Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation Grant remains competitive. CTIP received numerous Letters of Intent for our 2021 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: Applications from 16 states, including 66% of  applications from California

All device classes:

  • 21% Class I
  • 49% Class II
  • 10% Class III
  • 20% TBD

16 different Pediatric Subspecialties

  • Most common: Cardiology & Neonatology 

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:

  • 40% Woman
  • 26.2% Person of Color
  • 16.9% Underrepresented minority in STEM
  • 3.08% LGBTQ+ individual
  • 3.08% Person with Disability(ies)
  • 1.54% Veteran
  • 6.15% None apply
  • 3.08% Prefer not to disclose

The 2021 finalists, announced June 14, 2021 are as follows: 

Ultrasound-Activated Contrast Agent

On demand, location specific novel ultrasound activated contrast agent for catheter-free diagnosis and management of vesicoureteral reflux.

www.chla.org | www.usc.edu 

EZaLife, LLC

The Button Huggie is a precision-engineered medical wearable designed to simplify care for children's gastrostomy buttons (g-buttons) and reduce gastrostomy-related complications.  www.ezalife.com 

Force Impact Technologies Inc. (FIT)

FIT’s BrainStrain will be designed to become a diagnostic aide, not a stand-alone diagnostic. The longitudinal intention will be for the BrainStrain to be a snapshot of how an adolescent brain operates in several different cognitive domains. www.fitguard.me

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/force-impact-technologies 

Facebook: @ForceImpactTech Instagram: @FITForceImpact  Twitter: @FITForceImpact 

Gus Gear

Gus Gear’s Central Line Vest is wearable securement that protects central catheters from exit site to hub and stops line pulls from causing damage or accidental removal, improving care and lower healthcare costs. www.gusgear.net

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/gusgear/  Facebook: @gusgear Instagram: @gusgear

Karios Technologies, Inc.

TissueShield(TM) from Karios Technologies is a novel, patented hydrogel technology platform that is being used to prevent scar tissue formation on the heart after heart surgery with emphasis on protecting the hearts of children with congenital heart defects. www.kariostechnologies.com 

May & Meadow

A wearable sensor that measures babies’ milk intake while breastfeeding, and connects mothers to support when needed. www.mayandmeadow.com 

Myka Labs, Inc.

An innovative new system for achieving long-term resolution of pediatric stricture designed around an emerging new understanding of the physiology of stricture.  

Ostiio, LLC

The Ostiio distraction system is the first fully subcutaneous, contactless distraction osteogenesis system for the craniomaxillofacial skeleton. www.ostiio.com 

LinkedIn: http://linkedin.com/company/ostiio


Skin health management system enabling data driven care for wound care, dermatology, and surgery www.rubitection.com

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

Facebook: @Rubitection  Instagram: Rubitection  Twitter: @Rubitection 

Starlight Cardiovascular

Starlight Cardiovascular is a medical device start-up company with the mission of helping babies born with congenital heart disease by developing best-in-class devices alongside pediatric cardiologists and surgeons. www.starlightcardio.com/

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/starlight-cardiovascular/ 

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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.

Contact us at info@westcoastctip.org