Waterford, Michigan -- If you aren't among the lucky 400 to reserve a space at Medical Main Street's INNO-VENTION 2012, you can still learn about the next generation of medical devices in health care and the life sciences and you won’t have to leave your home or office.
The conference, which begins Thursday morning, is being live-streamed on Detroit Public Television from the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. The coverage begins at 8 a.m. and runs until 4:30 p.m. It will be host by Detroit Public Television personality Fred Nahhat.
The coverage includes:
- Live interviews
- Keynote speaker Thomas Novelli from the Medical Device Manufacturers Assoc.
- All panel discussions
- A Shark Tank-like Commercialization Competition where companies may actually get commitments to fund their products
The live stream can be accessed at www.MedicalMainStreet.com
. Click on the live stream link. It can be viewed on personal computers as well as most mobile devices.
"The live stream will give viewers who can't be there in-person valuable information about the complete life cycle of medical device development and where it's going," said Irene Spanos, the county's director of economic development and community affairs.
The county will also be live Tweeting from the conference with updates, photos, videos and contests. Live stream viewers can join the conversation on Twitter by Following@MedicalMainSt
and using Hash tag #INNOVENTION. Viewers and attendees will have the chance to ask the speakers questions on Twitter as well as to win some high-tech prizes.
The conference begins Wednesday with a reception at the Royal Park Hotel and ends Friday with tours of the region’s top hospitals and their innovation centers and specialties. The hospital tours are also sold out.
Medical Main Street was created in 2008 by County Executive L. Brooks 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.
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 www.MedicalMainStreet.org
to get involved in the medical solutions of the future.