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Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Office of Discovery and Translation (ODAT)

CTSI’s ODAT aims to improve health care by accelerating discoveries into practice. As part of this mission, ODAT supports the development of pediatric medical devices with the ultimate objective of improving pediatric patient outcomes and quality of life through technology-driven medical solutions.

The PDIC/ODAT partnership includes funding programs that engage University of Minnesota faculty, community members such as patients, families and their caregivers, as well as industry partners. ODAT provides program infrastructure and funding support for three collaborative programs under the Pediatric Health Innovation Initiative.

University of Minnesota, Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center (MDC)

The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota hosts a Medical Device Innovation Fellows Program, a full immersion educational and product development program for medical device creation. As part of PDIC/MDC partnership, select Innovation Fellows serve as key resources in the evaluation and development of novel pediatric device solutions that meet needs described by the community.

The Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center acts as an incubator for pediatric device projects funded through this partnership, providing access to state-of-the art prototyping facilities and device development expertise.

DesignWise Medical

DesignWise Medical is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with a volunteer-based approach to developing medical devices for children. The PDIC™ has partnered with DesignWise to manage all new incoming project opportunities received through the DesignWise network and to provide opportunities for interested volunteers to donate their time to pediatric devices.

In association with

The University of Minnesota, Department of Pediatrics and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

The PDIC is proudly affiliated with the following companies and organizations as part of its Consortium Network:

Ainsley Shea

Betten Systems Solutions

Biologics Consulting

Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

CTSA Trial Innovation Network


Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare

Indiana University, Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Kablooe Design

Mayo Clinic, Technology Development

Medical Alley Association

New Lion, LLC


RCRI, Inc.

Reimbursement Strategies

University of Minnesota, Anatomy Bequest Program

University of Minnesota, Center for Translational Medicine

University of Minnesota, Experimental Surgical Services

University of Minnesota, Medical Industry Leadership Institute (MILI)

University of Minnesota, Supercomputing Institute

University of Minnesota, Visible Heart Lab


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