The FDA defines pediatric medical devices as those that “treat or diagnose diseases and conditions from birth through age 21”.  As many are aware, the medical device industry has a continuing lack of approved devices for pediatric use.  This is due to a variety of barriers, as noted in this 2004 Report to Congress, such as the small market for these devices, difficulty in obtaining clinical data for FDA approval, and increased liability for working such this vulnerable population.  The FDA has formed a Pediatric Device Consortia (PDC) Grant Program specifically to support the development of pediatric device innovation.  IMARC recently published a blog  on this topic, discussing how the PDC FDA group has provided funding to several chosen non-profit organizations and research consortia in an attempt to jumpstart the advancement of new pediatric devices.