Industry-physician relationships have been widely reported throughout the medical device community. However, there is limited research that describes how device developers effectively interact with physicians throughout the development of new medical products. There is also limited research regarding how the process of physician-developer interaction influences the clinical and financial outcomes of early stage companies. Knowledge of such interaction is particularly relevant to the large and growing number of complex and high-risk medical devices, in which physicians are the primary end users and patients are the recipients of care.

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