Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Drexel University and Hebrew University of Jerusalem have signed an agreement to work together on innovations in treating pediatric diseases.
According to an article by John George in the November 11 edition of the Philadelphia Business Journal, the agreement was part of a trade mission to Israel by Philadelphia's Mayor Michael A. Nutter, who participated in the signing ceremony in Jerusalem's City Hall hosted by Hebrew University.
CHOP, recognized as one of the nation's foremost pediatric hospitals, was represented at the signing by its CEO, Dr. Steven J. Altschuler, who said, "We are thrilled to collaborate with two exceptional institutions, Drexel University and Hebrew University's School of Pharmacy, whose expertise in technology and drug delivery, respectively, will create a partnership that enables high-quality, rapid advancement of new treatments in pediatric medicine for children around the world."
John A. Fry, president of Drexel University, called the partnership "a unique opportunity to address unmet needs in pediatrics through innovative commercial pediatric therapeutics and diagnostics."
A conference is already planned for January in Philadelphia that will provide an opportunity for investigators from the three institutions to find collaborators for joint research projects and for interested funders to learn more about the consortium.
CHOP opened its first after-hours urgent care facility earlier this year in Mays Landing, NJ, for children with mild to moderate non-life threatening injuries or illnesses that don't require the resources of an emergency room.