By Erin Digitale
Scientists, innovators, venture capitalists and medical industry experts gathered at Stanford last week for the second annual Stanford Children's Health Pediatric Innovation Showcase, a daylong event highlighting new devices and developments in pediatric medicine.
The conference covered wide ground, including engaging patients with social media, better hospital design, commercialization of scientific innovations, the promises of gene therapy, and several medical uses of virtual reality. Capping the day, pediatric health innovators vied for funding in a pitch competition hosted by the UCSF-Stanford Pediatric Device Consortium. Of 80 entries, 13 finalists described the medical devices they are developing for babies and kids.