Pediatric Innovation Program

The Pediatric Innovation Program brings together clinicians, engineers, and industry for a common mission: improving the development of medical technology for infants and children.

Contact us

To learn more about the Pediatric Innovation Program, contact founder Charles Palmer, M.B., Ch.B., at 717-531-1358 or

Who we are

The Pediatric Innovation Program is a collaboration of Penn State Children’s Hospital, Penn State University, and industrial partners. The program provides a forum for clinicians, engineers, and industry to exchange ideas with the goal of innovating clinically relevant technology for rapid translation into clinical solutions. 

What we do

We maximize the potential for research and innovation by creating an environment where people from many disciplines and institutions can collaborate to develop technology that will enhance the care provided to infants and children.

Our goals are to: 

  • Create an organization that will promote collaboration and innovation between emerging technology and academic pediatrics.
  • Efficiently leverage resources, encourage relevant industrial partnerships and associations to facilitate the transfer of intellectual property, and distribute the fruits of innovation.
  • Facilitate the innovation of technology that will enhance the care delivered to newborn infants and children through support of research, device development, and rapid prototyping.
  • Serve as a national resource for enhancing technological innovation for neonatal health care delivery.
  • Provide learning opportunities in the process of applied technology development for Penn State students and faculty.

Projects include:

  • Hug ‘n’ Snug™ Neonatal Chest Splint
  • Ambulatory Cough Monitoring Device
  • Solid State Hydrogen Sensor
  • Naso Oral Respiratory Interface (NORI) System

In addition to working with business and industry, we’re training the next generation of leaders who’ll bring research-generated innovations to the marketplace. This educational program is organized by the Penn State College of Engineering and the Smeal College of Business at Penn State.