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

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - AUGUST 16, 2021 - The West Coast Consortium for Technology & Innovation in Pediatrics (CTIP), centered at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, awarded $246,000 in seed grants on August 2, 2021 to accelerate projects specifically designed to improve the safety and delivery of care to infants and children.

Six innovators developing novel devices and technologies for pediatric patients were selected as winners for CTIP’s fifth Catalyzing Pediatric Innovation (CPI) Grant competition (each awarded at $25,000-$50,000). 

Pediatric patients have long been an underserved population in the technology space, with many having to deal with ill-fitted medical devices and a lack of access to effective diagnostic or therapeutic devices. CTIP aims to address these unmet needs.

“This year’s grant applicants proposed many innovative devices designed to avoid serious complications in children, covering all pediatric age ranges and care settings,” said Kathryne Cooper, MBA, Co-Director of CTIP. “We are excited by the potential impact of these technologies on patient outcomes.” Applicants included device projects covering 16 different pediatric subspecialties (most common: cardiology and neonatology) and all anticipated FDA device classes (class I, II, III and exempt). Applications received were from 12 states, including 66% of applications from California.

“Pediatric medical device innovators face an uphill journey to get their solutions in the hands of patients and providers, including financial, regulatory, and scientific hurdles,” says Juan Espinoza, MD, FAAP, Director and Principal Investigator of CTIP. “The CPI grant is one way we help founders address these obstacles, alongside our platform of services to help guide the advancement of medical devices for pediatric patients.”

We look forward to 2021 CPI grant winners showcasing their technologies at a CTIP event planned for 2022.

The 2021 winners, announced August 2, 2021 are as follows: 

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 


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 


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.  



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/ 


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 



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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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