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


WATERFORD – 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 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.
  •  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.

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