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INNO-VENTION 2012 to Explore Physician 'Wish List' for Future Medical Devices

Public Date: 9/21/2012 12:00 AM
Contact: Steve Huber, Marketing and Communications Officer, Economic Development and Community Affairs
Phone Number: 248-858-1848

​Waterford, Michigan -- A panel of medical experts will discuss the limitations of current medical devices and propose a "wish list" of devices that could shape the future of patient treatment.

This is one of the featured sessions at Oakland County's Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION 2012 conference, which is set for Oct. 3-5 at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The conference will showcase the life science and health care industries in Southeast Michigan. It focuses on the next generation of medical devices in oncology, cardiology and orthopedics and is of interest to manufacturers, suppliers and clinicians looking to invest.

Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said the session will provide valuable information for medical device manufacturers as they create the next generation of devices.
"The doctors are talking about what they like and what they don't like, what's useful and what isn't useful in patient care," Patterson said. "This discussion can help direct the manufacturers in the development of things that could affect health care well into the future."

The panel discussion is sponsored by the Oakland County Medical Society and will be moderated by Dr. Barry Auster, the society's president. The panel is comprised of practicing physicians who will give their likes and dislikes of current devices and suggest what devices are needed to improve patient health care.

"The Oakland County Medical Society is pleased to bring the physician perspective to medical manufacturers and purchasers participating in this conference," Auster said. “New technology and innovation can provide better and safer patient outcomes and make it easier to do our jobs."

The panel includes:

  • Dr. Jay Fisher, director of robotic and minimally invasive gynecologic surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.
  • Dr. Kenneth M. Peters, professor and chairman of urology at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; chairman of urology at Beaumont Health System
  • Dr. Kenneth Bark, a colon rectal surgeon
  • Dr. Lige M. Kaplan, a staff orthopedic surgeon at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Mich.

The conference also includes sessions on Michigan's Home Grown Medical Device Revolution; Medical Main Street's Commercialization Competition; and Product Development – Michigan's Advantage. A special award Medical Main Street award will also be given to the company or individual who caused the most dramatic change in the medical device industry in Michigan.

About 350 people are expected to attend along with international medical device companies, Michigan medical device suppliers, and hospital and group purchasing decision makers. The cost to attend is $95 per person. The conference is being live streamed by Detroit Public Television. Registration is available at

Medical Main Street was created in 2008 by Patterson to focus on growing the life science industry in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan. In four years since Medical Main Street was created, 24 companies have expanded their presence in Oakland County or settled here, investing more than $212 million and creating or retaining more than 2,600 jobs. The county's burgeoning life science industry includes 100,000 health care and life science jobs - more than the Cleveland Clinic and Mayo Clinic combined - and more than 4,300 life science and medical facilities.

In addition to company attraction, Medical Main Street helps entrepreneurs commercialize their life sciences technologies, assists local life sciences companies grow their markets globally, trains the workforce for this industry and works with state government to ensure Michigan is legislatively a top state for life sciences companies.

About Oakland County, Michigan's Medical Main Street:

Oakland County, Michigan's Medical Main Street is a unique alliance of world-class hospitals, universities, medical device, biopharma companies and some of the country's top medical professionals creating a global center of innovation in health care, research and development, education and commercialization in the life sciences industry.

Medical Main Street has assembled a board of industry leaders to provide advice and support to this initiative. The board includes: Beaumont Health System, Beckman Coulter Molecular Diagnostics, Crittenton Hospital, Ferndale Laboratories, Henry Ford Health Systems, Housey Pharmaceuticals, McLaren Health Care, MichBio, Michigan State Representative Gail Haines, Oakland Community College, Oakland University, Oxus Inc., Rockwell Medical Technologies, St. John Providence Health System and St. Joseph Mercy Oakland. Visit to get involved in the medical solutions of the future.