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Tuesday, October 15, 2013 - Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION 2013

Information Technology has taken a foothold within health care and mobile technology.

Medical Main Street, powered by Oakland County, understands the importance of IT and the

continuously evolving health care industry, which is the central focus of INNO-VENTION 2013 – a Medical Main Street Conference.

INNO-VENTION 2013 – set for Nov. 6-8 at the Troy Marriott – highlights how IT is fueling changes in health care and the next generation of medical devices. More than 600 professionals in health care, mHealth, medical device manufacturing, and other life science industries are expected to attend.

“We bring together a unique alliance of world-class hospitals, universities, biopharma and medical device companies that keep each other informed of the latest developments,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Medical Main Street and the INNO-VENTION conference raise the region’s visibility and our reputation as an engine of innovation in health care and the life sciences.”

Nicole Thomson, a business development representative for the county’s Department of Economic Development & Community Affairs, said those who attend INNO-VENTION 2013 will be able to make valuable contacts within health care and IT.

“Typically, at a conference, you are in a room with your peers,” Thomson said. “But at this event, you’ll see a wide variety from education, finance and government. It’s an exceptional networking experience.”

Highlights from this year’s conference include:

  • Keynote speaker Rick Valencia, Qualcomm Life vice-president and general manager

  • Prearranged one-on-one meetings with hospital group purchasing organizations

  • The impact of the Affordable Care Act

  • Cyber security: How the rise of electronic health records has made health care vulnerable to security breaches

  • Tours of the region’s top hospitals and health care innovation centers

The conference also includes its Commercialization Competition where three start-up medical device companies pitch their projects to a panel of investors in hopes of funding their product and the INNO-VATOR of the Year award which goes to the company or individual who has made the most dramatic change in the medical device industry in Michigan.

INNO-VENTION 2012 was live streamed globally and helped attract an international audience to Medical Main Street.

Thomson and the Medical Main Street team have worked diligently to market Oakland County in the United States and beyond as a life science and health care destination. This year’s conference will also be live streamed by Detroit Public Television.

To register or learn more about the conference, go to