INNO-VENTION 2014: A Medical Main Street Conference

13 Nov

Medical Main Street hosted healthcare and life science industry professionals from across the country at the Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi, MI for its 3rd annual conference, INNO-VENTION 2014.  The conference kicked off on Oct. 21 with a reception and continued Oct. 22 with a full day of presentations, speakers, panel discussions, demonstrations and networking opportunities.

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Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson emphasized the importance of the health care industry and its impact on Oakland County’s economy, noting Beaumont Health System as being the county’s largest employer. Patterson also introduced Oakland County’s Skills Needs Assessment Project, the third in a series of ground-breaking studies – funded by Oakland County Workforce Development and the Michigan Workforce Development Agency. This report gives an in-depth look at the specific needs of health systems in Oakland County and the region.

The underlying theme for INNO-VENTION 2014 focused on technology, innovation, digital business trends and how they are applicable to health care.  Keynote speaker Krischa Winright, Chief Information Officer of Priority Health and Vice President of Information Technology at Spectrum Health, discussed the importance of digital connectedness, the mobile experience and what it means for health care.

One of the highlights of the conference was the expanded Commercialization Competition, where five startup companies pitched their medical-related products to a panel of investors. The pitch companies were: Functional Innovation Enterprises; Blaze Medical Devices; HyGenesis; Triple Check 2d Navigation Anterior Supine THA and FoveOR.

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L. Brooks Patterson with Kurt Riegger, President & Chief Operating Officer of OcuSciences, Inc.

The INNO-VATOR of the Year was awarded to OcuSciences, Inc., an Ann Arbor-based medical device company commercializing a rapid, non-invasive test for early detection of retinal disease. The award is given annually to a company or individual who has made the most dramatic change in Michigan’s medical device industry.

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New this year were Industry Breakout Sessions with expert panelists that sparked robust discussions on intellectual property, accountable care organizations, health employment trends, wellness in the workplace and mobile technology in health care.

The Breakout Session titled “Future Trends in Health Employment,” hosted by Workforce Intelligence Network, gathered stakeholders in the health care industry, higher education, and workforce development to discuss future trends affecting the industry’s workforce.

Attendees experienced “Demonstration Alley,” featuring products and technologies from Michigan life science and health care companies. The list of Demo Alley participants can be found HERE.

The Medical Main Street team would like to thank all sponsors and attendees of INNO-VENTION 2014 for another outstanding event. Stay connected with us throughout the year on Twitter and LinkedIn. We look forward to seeing you again next year.

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Launched in 2008, under the direction of Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, INNO-VENTION is one way that Medical Main Street helps to strengthen and provide growth for the region’s life sciences and health care hub.

If you are looking to commercialize a medical device or biotechnology, conduct medical research, or have a product or service that serves the health care marketplace, join the Medical Main Street Network today and start making valuable connections. Visit for more information.


Patterson Wants the Region’s ‘Best of the Best’ for 2015 Elite 40 Under 40

4 Nov

Elite 40 LogoEach year, Oakland County Executive, L. Brooks Patterson’s Elite 40 under 40™ honors a class of the brightest and best young talent that live or work, and often times both, in Oakland County. The program, that began in 2012,  honors young professionals and thought leaders who excel in their field, have demonstrated dynamic leadership and have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the region.

“We are blessed to have so many talented young people who are vital to Oakland County and the region,” Patterson said. “Their innovation, talent and energy will help shape our future for years to come. We’re looking for the best and the brightest. If you know one or more of these young men and women – or you want to nominate yourself – I encourage you to submit a name for consideration.”

Nominations and entries are now being accepted for the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40™ Class of 2015 and will be until November 21 at 5:00 p.m. Candidates can be submitted at

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A panel of judges will review all completed applications and reduce the number to the top 40 entrants. Of that group, three candidates who scored the highest will be placed before the public for an online vote to determine the winner.

The winner will introduce Patterson at his State of the County address on Feb. 5, 2015 and will also receive:

  • A feature article or video about their business/volunteer agency in Oakland County PROSPER
  • Attend three Oakland County signature events: Economic Outlook Luncheon, Quality People/Quality County Awards and the Business Roundtable Annual Meeting, and promotion on the county’s website
  • Promotion on, the county’s economic development website

Two runners-up will each receive:

  • A meeting with the county executive
  • An invitation to the State of the County address
  • Tickets to attend three Oakland County signature events
  • Invitations to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 events, including an awards reception and roundtable discussions with the county executive
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Thirty-seven finalists will each receive:

  • Invitations to the State of the County address
  • Invitations to Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 under 40 events, including an awards reception and roundtable discussions with the county executive
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Previous winners are:

Complete information about rules and prizes are available at



The 22nd Annual Q2 Awards

29 Oct



The 22nd Annual Q2 Awards Breakfast, hosted by Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson, was held this morning at the Centerpoint Marriot in Pontiac, MI. Quality People/Quality Awards recognizes individuals who contribute to the quality of life in Oakland County. Three honorees are chosen annually and are those that have utilized their own successes to improve the quality of life for others. On this year’s award winners, Patterson said, “This year’s Q2 recipients are among the quiet heroes who are driven to improve the world around them.”

The 2014 Q2 Award Winners are:

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Garden Fresh Gourmet – Jack and Annette Aronson

Jack and Annette Aronson started their Garden Fresh Gourmet Brand out of their small town diner in Ferndale in the late 1990s after they received  a request to sell their salsa in Hiller’s Markets. They have since sold their restaurant, and now produce Garden Fresh products that are sold worldwide. They continue to make their salsa, which started it all, in small batches and use a state-of-the-art high-pressure process that enables Garden Fresh to provide cleaner, fresher products that are preservative-free. The Aronsons and their Garden Fresh Gourmet brand in Ferndale share their good fortune by supporting more than 30 charities in the community including Children’s Hospital of Michigan, The Salvation Army, Forgotten Harvest, Boys & Girls Club and a grant to University of Michigan for blood disease research.


Christina Scharrer – Leadership Oakland

Christina Scharrer, as Executive Director of Leadership Oakland, has had the opportunity to help develop leaders who are making a difference in their communities. After going through the program herself, Christina remained as a volunteer and then became a full time member of the team. She has always emphasized the importance of service among Leadership Oakland participants. During her tenure, she has been the driving force who ensured that the members of each class at Leadership Oakland were involved in regional issues and well prepared for the responsibility that comes with being a leader in their personal, professional and public lives. After sixteen years of being involved with Leadership Oakland, Christina is relinquishing her role as Executive Director, but says she looks back at this time in her career as the best time of her life.

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Allan McMorris – Oakland County Credit Union

Allan McMorris, President and CEO of Oakland County Credit Union, shares the good fortune of the credit union by distributing resources to make a difference in the lives of others. Under his leadership, credit union employees are involved in community events such as The Brooksie Way, Fallen Heroes and packing boxes for soldiers overseas. They are also offered paid days off to work on projects that help the community. A majority of Allan’s employees take advantage of opportunities to be good corporate citizens and enjoy participating in community events. Additionally, OCCU supports major quality of life events throughout our region and is involved in raising research funding in the hope of finding better testing to screen for early detection of pancreatic cancer.

OCC Connects Students and Businesses at the Work Zone

3 Oct

Oakland County, MI Government:

Is your organization hiring? Are you looking to expand your team quickly?

Then join Oakland Community College at their 5th Annual Work Zone Job Fair on October 17th for a chance to meet and interview Work-Study students from more than 100 degree programs. OCC’s Work-Study program offers qualified organizations the option to receive reimbursement for wages paid to work-study students.

For more information and to find out how you can register your organization for OCC’s Work Zone Job Fair, Read OCC’s original blog post here:


OCC is holding its fifth annual student employment event “The Work Zone,” from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 17, on the Southfield campus.workzone

“The Work Zone is OCC’s only all-campus, college-wide, all-major employment event that invites employers with a real need to hire in the short-term. The event provides a great opportunity for community organizations to meet and interview potential work-study students from more than 100 degree programs,” said Dawn M. Davis, Job Developer at OCC.

The college’s off-campus Work-Study program offers qualified organizations the option to receive reimbursement for wages paid to work-study students. This option provides organizations savings while offering valuable professional experience to students. Last year, five employers received 50-75% reimbursement of wages paid to eligible off-campus work-study student hires.

The Work Zone has received strong kudos from hiring companies, many of which found qualified candidates whom they hired immediately.

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Elite 40 Under 40 Forum #4

25 Sep

Elite 40 LogoYesterday, Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson welcomed members of the 2014 Class of Elite 40 Under 40 for a morning forum to meet and network in a more personal setting.

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Members of the 2014 Elite 40 Under 40 class (L-R): Stephen E. Naughton and Jeff Jorge

Elite 40 members present at the forum were Stephen E. Naughton (Campaign Architect at Marketing Impact, Inc.and Jeff Jorge (Executive Partner at Global Development Partners).

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Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Attend INNO-VENTION 2014

17 Sep Medical Main Street

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Next month, Medical Main Street, powered by Oakland County, will be hosting INNO-VENTION 2014, its 3rd conference that showcases the health care and life science industries flourishing here in southeast Michigan and around the world.

The conference, held October 21st – 22nd at the Suburban Showplace Collection in Novi, Michigan, gives attendees the opportunity to meet with and hear from an impressive list of leaders in health care and life sciences as they discuss these important industries and where they are headed. You can take a look at the conference schedule HERE.

With INNO-VENTION 2014 almost a month away, we’ve compiled a list of the top 5 reasons you should attend – check them out below!

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September & October Business Workshops

12 Sep


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What better time to brush up on your business & entrepreneurial skills than this fall? As kids head back to school, join the Oakland County One Stop Shop Business Center for comprehensive workshops – geared specifically for business owners!

Check out our September and October class list, and re-energize your business endeavors with help from Oakland County! Unless otherwise noted, all classes are held at the Oakland County Executive Office Building Conference Center (location & map available HERE), and prices are detailed beneath each workshop description.

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