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Green Sun Medical awarded $50K for scoliosis brace at prestigious pediatric medical device competition

Fort Collins, CO – (September 28, 2017) – Fort Collins based start-up Green Sun Medical was awarded the top cash prize of $50,000 during the FDA-sponsored pediatric medical device competition at the Fifth Annual Pediatric Device Innovation Symposium in San Jose, Calif. organized by the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Health System.

Green Sun Medical is developing a dynamic scoliosis brace that will allow physicians to remotely monitor the performance on the patients.

“We are honored to have our scoliosis brace recognized with these other pediatric device innovations,” said Jamie Haggard, CEO of Green Sun Medical.  He also said that current treatments include braces developed over 40 years ago and spinal fusion surgeries.

Green Sun Medical was awarded the top cash prize of $50,000 in grant money an the pitch competition sponsored by the National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI), an FDA-funded consortium led by Children’s National and the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland. The competition was part of the annual symposium to foster innovation that will advance pediatric healthcare and address the unmet surgical and medical device needs for children.

“Our heartfelt congratulations to Green Sun Medical who was selected from a highly competitive field of worthy devices,” said Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., executive director of the Sheikh Zayed Institute and NCC-PDI. “In our role as a catalyst for pediatric innovation, we see this as the beginning of our relationship with Green Sun Medical.

She adds that in addition to financial support, the awardees will have access to consultation services for all phases of pediatric device development – from ideation through marketing – to help them get their devices to market faster.

During the competition, 12 finalists had five minutes to present their proposal to the judging panel, which included Susan Alpert, M.D., of SFA Consulting, a former director of the FDA Office of Device Evaluation and former senior vice president and chief regulatory officer of Medtronic; Charles Berul, M.D., of Children’s National; Andrew Elbardissi, M.D., of Deerfield Management; Rick Greenwald, Ph.D., of the New England Pediatric Device Consortium (NEPDC); James Love, J.D., of Oblon; Josh Makower, M.D., of NEA; Jennifer McCaney, Ph.D., of MedTech Innovator; Jackie Phillips, M.D., of Johnson & Johnson; and Tracy Warren of Astarte Ventures.

This competition was created to foster innovation in the pediatric device sector, which continues to lag behind adult device development and creates a host of challenges for doctors when treating children. Since inception in 2013, NCC-PDI has supported 67 pediatric devices and the companies and research labs owning these devices have collectively raised $55 million in additional funding.

To learn more about Green Sun Medical visit http://www.greensunmedical.com

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Green Sun Medical was founded to transform the treatment to address Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis. We are developing a dynamic brace that applies continuous corrective pressure and allows the physicians to remotely monitor their patients.


Josh Sandberg

Josh Sandberg is the President and CEO of Ortho Spine Partners and sits on several company and industry related Boards. He also is the Creator and Editor of OrthoSpineNews.

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