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Physician entrepreneurs are key contributors to new medical devices
Date:4/16/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (April 16, 2013) - Startup companies founded by physician entrepreneurs are an important source of patents used in developing innovative new medical devices, suggests a study in the May issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

"Device manufacturers gain more from the patents of physician-founded firms than from those of non-physician-founded firms in their subsequent invention and innovation efforts," according to the study by Sheryl Winston Smith, PhD, and Andrew Sfekas, PhD, of the Fox School of Business at Temple University, Philadelphia. They raise concern that too-strict policies on financial relationships with physicians could hinder innovation in the medical device industry.

Doctors Make Key Contributions to New Medical Devices

The researchers analyzed a total 170 premarket approval applications (PMAs) filed by four major medical device companies between 1978 and 2007. The study also included data on patent applications from 119 startup companiesall of which had received investment dollars from the medical device industry. All four device makers had active corporate venture capital programs during the study period.

Using a sophisticated text-matching algorithm, Drs Smith and Sfekas assessed the information contributed by physician-founded startup companies versus non-physician-founded startups. The study focused on class III medical devices: the highest-risk classification, requiring significant testing to prove device safety and effectiveness.

The two groups of startups produced roughly the same number of patents. However, patents from physician-founded
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Contact: Connie Hughes
connie.hughes@wolterskluwer.com
646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
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