Medical Main Street’s third annual Inno-Vention conference Oct. 21-22 in Novi will feature a keynote speaker from West Michigan’s largest health care organization, with Western Michigan University sponsoring one of the major events.
Krischa Winright, chief information officer for Priority Health and vice president of information technology for Spectrum Health, will be the keynote speaker. Winright will present “Digital Web & Mobile Experience: What Does It Really Mean for Health Care?"
Western Michigan University is one of the sponsors of the conference’s Oct. 21 reception. The new WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine just had its grand opening in September.
“This is a very popular event and it’s gotten bigger every year, with last year’s conference drawing more than 600 people,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said.
This year it will include an expanded Commercialization Competition, and a matchmaking event by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.’s Pure Michigan Business Connect organization, facilitating one-on-one meetings of purchasing agents from major health care providers and industry suppliers.
The Commercialization Competition will feature six startup companies pitching their medical-related products to a panel of investors. Two companies that were funded in previous Inno-Vention conferences are Cure Launcher and Advanced Amputee Solutions LLC.
Demonstration Alley will show case innovative new products and technologies from the life science and health care industries in Michigan, with a special focus on demonstrations showing health care-related products that are new-to-market, visual and award winning.
Future Trends in Health Employment will be presented by the Workforce Intelligence Network for Southeast Michigan.
The Medical Main Street Inno-Vator of the Year Award will be presented Oct. 22, recognizing the company or individual who brought about the most dramatic change in the medical device industry in Michigan. In 2013, the award winner was HistoSonics from Ann Arbor.
Inno-Vention is produced by Medical Main Street, a collaboration of hospitals, universities and health care and life science companies in southeast Michigan.
Patterson launched the Medical Main Street initiative in 2008 to maximize the growth potential of the health care and life science sectors.
Oakland County is a major health care and life science region, employing more than 100,000 people — more than the Mayo and Cleveland clinics combined. Medical Main Street is part of Oakland County’s Emerging Sectors program.
Inno-Vention 2013 attracted more than 600 health professionals, clinicians, investors and industry suppliers. It had a global audience of more than 95,000 people, reached through social media in the United States, Europe, Asia and Canada.
Part of the 2014 conference will be live-streamed.
The Medical Main Street board includes Priority Health and Stryker, along with Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute, Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, DMC, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceuticals, McLaren Health Care, MichBio, State Rep. Gail Haines of Waterford, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland.