Kolaleh Eskandanian, Ph.D., M.B.A., P.M.P. is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at Children’s National Hospital. In this capacity, she oversees the Office of Innovation Ventures, the Sheikh Zayed Institute’s R&D operations, and has a leadership role in the development of the Children’s National Research and Innovation Campus (opening 2020).
She is also the executive director of the FDA-funded National Capital Consortium for Pediatric Device Innovation (NCC-PDI), focused on accelerating the path to market for pediatric devices. Eskandanian works with a large network of small and large businesses, nonprofits and government agencies –addressing the unmet medical needs of children. She is the producer of an annual innovation competition that supports small businesses who demonstrate the ability to address a significant medical need in the pediatric space.