The NEST community is passionately committed to transforming the way medical device technologies are tested, approved and monitored.
We envision a world in which people are empowered to make informed medical choices that enable patients to live their lives to the fullest extent possible.
Read more on our Mission and Vision.
NESTcc serves a dual role in the medical device ecosystem:
As a Coordinating Center offering services that catalyze real-world evidence (RWE) generation for medical device and health technology research sponsors.
As a Collaborative Community comprised of representatives from across the medical device ecosystem working together to develop thought leadership and coalesce diverse stakeholders to advance innovation and understanding on initiatives of importance.
Learn more about the role of NESTcc and how we are advancing real-world evidence in the evaluation of medical devices.
A Planning Board convened by the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy in late 2015 envisioned NEST as a voluntary network of data partners able to efficiently consolidate RWE to inform medical device evaluation and support regulatory decision-making throughout the total product life cycle (TPLC).
In September 2016, FDA awarded a grant for the NEST Coordinating Center (NESTcc) to the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC). MDIC is a 501(c)(3) public-private partnership with the objective of advancing approaches that promote patient access to innovative medical technologies. The selection of a third-party entity was important given the need for NESTcc to establish relationships and agreements between partners in a neutral, objective manner and to solicit a balanced representation from stakeholders.
In 2017, NESTcc established its inaugural Governing Committee, comprised of stakeholders across the medical device ecosystem. In the years since, NESTcc has led a number of initiatives to advance the innovative use of Real-World Evidence.
Daniel Caños, PhD, MPH, Director, Office of Clinical Evidence and Analysis, OPEQ, CDRH, FDA, discusses the aim of NEST.
FDA awards MDIC grant for NESTcc
NESTcc establishes Governing Committee
NESTcc announces full portfolio of Demonstration Projects
Read more about NESTcc’s Demonstration Projects.
NESTcc establishes Research Network
Read more about the Network Collaborators in the NESTcc Research Network.
NESTcc announces eight initial Test-Case research projects
Read more about the NESTcc Test-Cases.
NESTcc announces 12 additional Test-Cases
Read more about NESTcc’s Test-Cases.
NESTcc accepts proposals for development of active surveillance cloud infrastructure
NESTcc publishes Data Quality and Methods Frameworks
Read more about the Frameworks.
NESTcc opens for sponsored research opportunities
Read more about the launch.
NESTcc adds first international Network Collaborator
Read more about the Network Collaborator.
NEST announces Collaborative Community UDI initiative
Read more about the UDI Initiative.
NESTcc finalized Phase I of the Active Surveillance System
Read more about the Active Surveillance initiative.