Oakland County’s Medical Main Street’s annual Inno-Vention Conference this fall is expected to more than double the number of companies that show off their high-tech medical devices and innovations to potential investors.
“Each year, the Inno-Vention has gotten bigger as Medical Main Street’s influence extends its global reach,” says County Executive L. Brooks Patterson.
The conference — which highlights the life science and health care industries in southeast Michigan — featured 10 companies during the 2013 conference. This year, more than 25 to 30 companies are expected to join at the annual event on Oct. 21-22, says Nicole Thomson, a spokeswoman for the event.
Attendance is also expected to rise, says Thomson, noting that the conference is expected to move to a larger, yet to be named venue. Last year, the event attracted more than 600 health care professionals at the Troy Marriott.
Thomson’s attributes the event’s growth to the conference’s appeal for startup and established companies as well as the success of Medical Main Street, which first launched in 2008 in an effort to grow the life science industry in Oakland and the southeast Michigan region.
Companies wanting to be a part of this year’s demonstrations are required to participate in a vetting application process that will likely begin in April, Thomson says.
For more information, visit medicalmainstreet.org.