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Below are this week's updates from the Robert E. Fischell Institute for Biomedical Devices, including reminders about upcoming events. Have a story item or event you want shared? Email

President's Fiscal Year Budget Request for FDA Cites NCC-PDI Successes

The President’s Fiscal Year Budget request for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) included funding support for the Pediatric Device Consortia Grants Program. In 2013, this FDA P50 grant established the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NDD-PDI), jointly led by the Fischell Institute and Children's National Health System.

The budget request specifically cited two devices born out of NCC-PDI, BabySteps Platform Software and Polyvascular. BabySteps is a platform device which incorporates 3D scanning, computer modeling and 3D printing to improve assessment and treatment of the clubfoot deformity. PolyVascular is a polymeric transcatheter synthetic valve that incorporates thinner yet durable polymeric leaflets allowing for percutaneous placement of smaller diameter valves in much younger children than currently available valves.

Two Fellowship Deadlines on March 1 

The application deadline for both the MPowering the State Student Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the Fischell Institute/IBBR Travel Fellowship is this Sunday, March 1

The MPowering Entrepreneurship Fellowship will help transition innovative medical device projects into great business ideas by utilizing various programs offered through the University of Maryland, including the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program.The Travel Fellowship promotes the translation of basic scientific and engineering research into innovative solutions to biomedical challenges, and is available to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working with IBBR/REFI mentors.

Calendar Updates

MPowering Entrepreneurship Fellowship Application Deadline
March 1
Questions? Email Dr. Martha Wang

Fischell Institute/IBBR Travel Fellowship Application Deadline
March 1
Questions? Email Dr. Martha Wang
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