Institute for Pediatric Innovation landed a $340,000 grant from Andover, Mass.-based Philips Healthcare (NYSE:PHG) to develop an adhesive system tailored for premature babies.
The skin of neonates is very fragile. The institute found an unmet need for an adhesive designed specifically for neonatal intensive care unit settings that wouldn’t tear newborns’ tender dermis.
“Based on IPI’s survey work with our hospital consortium, we have determined that a priority need in NICUs is a gentle adhesive system that is tailored for the fragile skin of neonates,” IPI founder and CEO Don Lombardi said in prepared remarks.
IPI, a non-profit with a mission to find commercially viable pediatric devices and get them to market, is collaborating with Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Kansas City, Mo.-based Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics. BWH Center for Regenerative Therapeutics co-director Dr. Jeffrey Karp is leading the research.