Welcome to the fall issue of X-OLOGY Magazine, featuring Michigan’s medical device industry. It’s an industry that has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, although most of us would likely never put it on a list of the state’s top growth sectors — until now.
The medical device industry is on solid ground, as you’ll read in Irene Wolff’s feature article, “Michigan’s Medical Device Industry Is Flexing its Muscle.” From startups to established companies, there’s a lot going on in Michigan, with organizations like Medical Main Street leading the charge. Its recent inaugural conference, INNO-VENTION 2012, showcased the region’s medical device industry on an international scale, while its Directory of Michigan Medical Device Manufacturers, a statewide directory of manufacturers, consultants and suppliers, is contributing to the sector’s growth. And the newly organized Michigan Medical Device Consortium represents a focused effort to bring the state’s medical device resources together as a cohesive unit.
In keeping with the topic of medical devices, our Business Profile features sister companies Laser Mech and OXID, which have been supplying doctors and manufacturers around the world with laser-beam delivery systems or articulated arms since the 1980s. The companies’ products have grown significantly over the years and are today considered the industry standard.
X-OLOGY’s People Profile features a true Michigan entrepreneurial success story. Duane Day, founder and president of Molecular Innovations, began his medical device business as a one-man operation in 1998. Today, the thriving business is producing a wide range of scientific products, including more than 30 assay kits, from a state-of-the-art facility in Novi — a long way from Day’s startup in a garage 14 years ago.
And speaking of garages, before you find a corner to put away those rollerblades, bicycles or outdoor running shoes for the season, check out our Lifestyle feature highlighting the miles and miles of trails in Southeast Michigan just waiting to be discovered. Whether you join an organized bike tour or head out alone on foot, the trails are a great way to take in the beauty of the fall season.
Jane Racey Gleeson