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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 http://www.MedicalMainStreet.com for more information.