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The Pediatric Device Consortium


Narrator:       This is Science Today. Pediatric medical devices lag in development due to a small market and lack of investment opportunities. That's where the University of California, San Francisco's "D'Vice" Squad comes in. Bioengineer Shuvo Roy is co-leader of the team, which is more formally known as the Pediatric Device Consortium.

Roy:               The Pediatric Device Consortium brings together engineers, scientists and physicians, as well as entrepreneurs and other interested parties to focus on devices for children's health.

Narrator:       Funded by the FDA, one device in current trial is the Magnetic Mini Mover, which corrects sunken chest, one of the most common chest wall deformities in children. It works with the pull of magnets and includes Bluetooth technology to monitor the amount of pull, as well as the body's temperature.

Roy:              Which turns out to be a great way to know if the kid's wearing it or not. This data is transmitted wirelessly from the brace to the cell phone, via Bluetooth, then collected and then sent to the Internet cloud, which is then transmitted to the doctor's office.

Narrator:       For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.