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October 21, 2022

PyrAmes awarded prestigious AAP SOATT pediatric device award

SWPDC-LogoSW National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium recognizes Boppli™ platform for pediatric medical device innovation

CUPERTINO, CA and HOUSTON, TX, October 21, 2022 – The Southwest National Pediatric Device Innovation Consortium (SWPDC) awarded PyrAmes $25,000 for its Boppli platform— a non-invasive wearable sensor intended for neonatal ICU patients for continuous blood pressure monitoring with minimal skin contact, which serves as a potential alternative to arterial catheters and inflatable cuffs. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Advances in Therapeutics and Technology (SOATT) annually recognizes pediatric device innovation.

A great need currently exists for medical devices designed specifically for children, which is most likely 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 create innovative and needed pediatric devices.

SWPDC is one of the FDA-grant-supported Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) that serves as a resource for pediatricians, pediatric caregivers, pediatric specialists, engineers, and entrepreneurs in developing their innovative pediatric medical devices. The annual SWPDC and AAP SOATT Pediatric Device prizes were created to help foster the innovation of pediatric devices specifically designed for children.

In addition to PyrAmes, winners of the SWPDC and AAP SOATT Pediatric Device Prizes for Fall 2022 include Luminoah Inc. (Charlottesville, VA) for its enLumin device, a portable, intuitive, and connected device for enteral nutrition in pediatric patients that require tube feeding ($25,000); and Glimpse Diagnostics (Arden Hills, MN), for its combined hardware and software solution enabling telehealth treatment at home for pediatric ear infections ($10,000 in kind support).