IPI Awarded Grant for New Alcohol Wipe Development

Catalyst participants visit Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California.

Catalyst participants visit Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California.

Huge thank you to the New England Pediatric Device Consortium for awarding IPI a grant to develop a new alcohol wipe. Participants from our four consortium hospitals designed four products in last year's Catalyst Program.

The 2015-2016 catalyst program cycle focused on the reduction of central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in pediatric hospital settings. These occur when a patient develops a bloodstream infection after receiving a catheter, or central line, run through a vein into the vena cava. CLABSIs are among the most common hospital-acquired conditions and cost hospitals billions of dollars each year.

For more information, check out our press release on PRWeb.

Executive Assistant Position Available!

Would you like to support the mission and vision of IPI? We have a job opening for an executive assistant/office manager at our Boston office, and we're hoping to fill it as soon as possible!

The position will report directly to our president and CEO, and will provide administrative and clerical support to keep the office running smoothly. Specific job functions include:

  • Providing administrative support for management staff, including communications with the Board and partner committees, correspondence and mailings, and coordinating travel arrangements;
  • Coordinating and scheduling weekly and monthly meetings;
  • Maintaining Board of Governors records and preparing for Board meetings, including scheduling, booking conference rooms, preparing agenda, and recording minutes;
  • Managing and maintaining timelines and files for all operations projects, contracts, grants, intellectual property, etc. in accordance with HIPPA regulations;
  • Preparing correspondence and mailings for executive staff, such as for fundraisers, to donors, or to IPI stakeholders;
  • Coordinating administrative responsibilities associated with fundraising events; and
  • Other responsibilities as required

Candidates should possess the following skills:

  • Strong written and verbal English communication skills required; English fluency preferred
  • Strong editing skills, with attention to detail and the ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge and familiarity with fundraising research techniques
  • Familiarity with database management and social media; website design preferred
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Qualifications for this position include:

  • Bachelor's degree required; preferred in English, Public Health, Journalism, or Technical Writing
  • Experience working in deadline-driven environments
  • Ability to work well as part of team, to handle multiple assignments at once, and to meet deadlines
  • Ability to self-manage workload
  • Previous experience with non-profit fundraising preferred

This position is full time and FLSA exempt. Hours will be Monday-Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.

If this sounds like you, send your resume and CV along with a cover letter to Gail Campbell at gail.campbell@pediatricinnovation.org.

Challenge Produces Innovative Pediatric Medication Dispensing Devices

IPI recently partnered with Pfizer to hold an open innovation challenge to solicit and support innovative ideas to administer a new drug formulation. Pfizer has developed a solid multiparticulate drug formulated specifically for children.

Twenty-five applicants submitted designs for the challenge. In the end, two companies were chosen as winners, with grants from Pfizer of $50,000 each. One company was Balda C. Brewer, of the Balda Group, who has extensive experience in creating plastic solutions for the healthcare industry. The other was HS Design, a recognized leader in user-centered medical design.

We look forward to continued collaboration with both companies on developing their designs into useable products. For more information, see our press release at http://bit.ly/2hKHUnb.

Moving

The site of our old offices at One Broadway, Cambridge, MA.

The site of our old offices at One Broadway, Cambridge, MA.

After more than 9 years in our building at One Broadway, Cambridge, IPI will be moving office locations. We will now be located at 10 Post Office Square, Suite 800, South, across the river in Boston. Although it has been a good run in Cambridge, as we expand and change, One Broadway no longer meets our needs.

Our greatest thanks to Community Innovation Collaboration (CIC) for sharing their kitchens and conference rooms over the time we've been at One Broadway. And equally many thanks to the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI) for sharing office space with us these past two years. We'll miss you all dearly as we find our groove in our new office space.

Come find us at our new location!

IPI Rings Closing Bell at New York Stock Exchange

IPI Bell Ringers! Photo Credit: NYSE

IPI Bell Ringers! Photo Credit: NYSE

The tenth anniversary celebrations go on! To celebrate, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) welcomed IPI to ring the closing bell on Thursday, 18 August.

Ringing the opening and closing bell at the stock exchange is an important aspect of the marketplace. No sale is to take place before the opening bell is rung or after the closing bell. First used in 1870, the original trading floor bell was a Chinese gong, but that has since been replaced with a serious of four bells (in the four different trading areas of the exchange) that are rung electronically simultaneously. Since 1956, when 10-year-old Leonard Ross won a television contest about the stock exchange, guests have been invited to ring the opening or closing bell in televised events.

President and Founder Don Lombardi (left) and CEO Stephan Evangelista (right) show off their thank you medallions. Photo Credit: NYSE

President and Founder Don Lombardi (left) and CEO Stephan Evangelista (right) show off their thank you medallions. Photo Credit: NYSE

On Thursday, the 18th, it was IPI’s turn for that honor. Among the attendees representing IPI were Catalyst Program Steering Committee member Claudia Hoyen and her 13-year-old daughter, Elisabeth. Elisabeth was the only kid to accompany the group. Claudia thought it was important to bring her along because IPI “does it for the kids,” she said. Plus Elisabeth has been a pediatric patient at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital—one of four hospitals in our consortium—three times. It was due to innovations in pediatric technologies that Elisabeth was able to get better, which has inspired Claudia in her work as Director of Pediatric Innovation at Rainbow Babies, as well as her collaboration with IPI.

Actually doing the bell ringing was CEO Stephen Evangelista. He and Donald Lombardi, founder and president of IPI, were presented with a medallion to thank them for ringing the bell. Steve has been CEO of IPI since 1 July, although he has been involved with the organization as a consultant for over a year.

For more information on the history of the NYSE bell ringing, visit www.nyse.com/bell/history. To view the video of IPI ringing the closing bell, check out livestream.com/NYSE/InstituteforPediatricInnovation.