National Speaker Chosen as Keynote for Medical Main Street’s Inaugural “Inno-Vention”

Mark B. Leahey, president and chief executive officer of the Medical Device Manufacturers Association, will be the keynote speaker for the inaugural Inno-Vention: A Medical Main Street Conference, set for Oct. 4 in Rochester.

“I asked my staff to name the top expert on the effects of federal regulation on medical device companies,” Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said. “Without hesitation, they named Mark Leahey. This is a real coup for Medical Main Street and the conference.”

Inno-Vention 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.

The conference runs from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Royal Park Hotel in Rochester. More than 350 people are expected to attend along with international medical device companies, Michigan medical device supplier and hospital and group purchasing decision makers. The cost to attend is $95 per person. Registration is available at

The Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) is a Washington D.C. – based national trade association. It represents hundreds of research-driven medical technology companies. Leahey’s responsibilities include advocating on behalf of the entrepreneurial sector of the medical device industry to Congress, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and other federal and state agencies.

Leahey is a member of the Massachusetts Bar and a graduate of Georgetown University, the Georgetown Law Center and Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business. His appearance is sponsored by PNC Bank.

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 initiative was created in 2008 by Patterson to focus on growing the life science industry in Oakland County and Southeast Michigan. 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.

The county is projected to add 45,000 health care and life science jobs by 2018. There are nearly 4,900 active clinical trials throughout Oakland County and the state – more than California, Florida, Texas or New Jersey.

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 work force 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.

The alliance also includes representatives from a wide range of organizations that support the mission of Medical Main Street. Visit to get involved in the medical solutions of the future.