Currently few medical devices are developed specifically for or tested in children and young people whilst others are repurposed from adult applications or used off-label resulting in failure or complications. Designing medical devices for children poses a number of challenges including the need to be versatile to meet the demands of changing anatomy, physiology, and development as children grow and mature the need to consider the child in the context of the family, and the incorrect assumption that the market for paediatric devices is small.
In this framework, EPTRI organised a webinar on “The biotech approach to paediatric medical devices” that took place virtually on the 29th of September 2021.
It explored the relationship between medical devices and biotechnology in the context of the needs of children and young people, with a case study on the challenge of develofing resorbable implants for children and the need from the patients’ point of view.
The speakers hosted by the webinar were:
- Prof. Paul Dimitri, Professor of Child Health and Consultant in Paediatric endocrinology at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust,
- Prof. Annelie Weinberg, Professor of Orthopedic and Trauma specialised in children’s trauma at University of Graz.
It was addressed to researchers from academia and industries who deal with paediatric MDs challenges.
Below you can find the recording of the event and the presentations.