Innovation is in the Detroit region’s DNA.
Like nowhere else, ideas flow from the drawing board to the marketplace. Positioned perfectly for industry and commerce in the heart of the country, Detroit is where people go to get things done. Building on a legacy of health care innovation, the Detroit region makes products faster, more efficiently and at a higher quality than the competition. Top-notch products that help patients and improve lives are born, built, tested and sold right here.
With cutting-edge research and development facilities, state-of-the-art hospitals, and unparalleled talent and manufacturing know-how – the region is flexing its Motor City muscles and emerging as a medical powerhouse – and the rest of the nation has noticed.
The Detroit region has become the one-stop shop for innovators, investors and entrepreneurs who want to lead the health care industry. The Detroit region positions companies to develop new, sought-after products and solutions to meet medical challenges around the world. As Michigan continues to cluster its rich assets in the Detroit region, make no mistake – the road to health care innovation goes through Detroit.
“The Detroit region is a growing network of leading health care providers and cutting-edge innovators. This environment, combined with the availability of top-ranked information technology talent, provides a powerful foundation to grow our business and share the region’s health care expertise nationwide.” Jim Giordano, President and CEO, CareTech Solutions.
Exceptional Health Care Facilities and Businesses
The health care industry has deep roots in the Detroit region. In fact, more than half of the health care-related businesses in Michigan are located here. With more than 13,000 health care-related businesses and approximately 366,351 jobs in the region, the health care industry has an overall economic impact of $36 billion annually.
The Detroit region is home to several destination medical centers known for ground-breaking research, pioneering technology and exceptional patient care. Most have been locally, regionally, and nationally ranked as Best Hospitals by U.S. News and World Report for Adult and Children’s Specialties.
Largest Regional Hospitals by Revenue
|Trinity Health||$13.4 billion|
|Henry Ford Health System||$4.7 billion|
|Beaumont Health||$3.95 billion|
|Ascension Michigan||$3.25 billion|
|McLaren Health Care Corp.||$2.9 billion|
|U of M Health System||$2.77 billion|
|Detroit Medical Center||$1.86 billion|
|Hurley Medical Center||$370 million|
Largest Regional Health Care Businesses
|Company||City||Type of Business|
|Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.||Flint||Specialty pharmacy|
|Medcart Specialty Pharmacy||Livonia||Specialty pharmacy services|
|InfuSystem Holdings Inc.||Madison Heights||Supplier of infusion services to oncologists and other outpatient treatment settings|
|Rockwell Medical Inc.||Wixom||Biopharmaceutical company targeting end-stage renal disease and chronic kidney disease|
|Cayman Chemical Co.||Ann Arbor||Manufacturer of biomedical research chemicals|
|Ash Stevens Inc.||Riverview||Makes active pharmaceutical ingredients|
|Asterand Bioscience||Detroit||Supplier of human tissue and human tissue-based research services to drug discovery scientists|
|RTI Laboratories Inc.||Livonia||Independent testing laboratory, specializing in chemical, materials, and environmental testing|
|Custom Biogenic Systems Inc.||Bruce Township||Life science equipment manufacturer|
|Innovative BioTherapies Inc.||Ann Arbor||Develops implantable/extracorporeal devices in field of regenerative medicine|
|Oxford Biomedical Research Inc.||Rochester Hills||Biotechnology|
|Detroit R & D Inc.||Detroit||Specializes in environmental health, hypertension and cancer-related research|
|BioSavita Inc.||Plymouth||Biotechnology, R&D developing cost-eddective manufacturing platform for Ebola antibodies and Ebola vaccine|
|Versicor LLC||Royal Oak||Electronics, controls, and software development for medical device manufacturers|
Research and Development
With Michigan State University, Oakland University, Wayne State University, the University of Detroit-Mercy and the University of Michigan all in close proximity, the Detroit region is a national leader in cutting-edge research and development. Michigan ranks second in the nation in research and development spending.
- In 2009, Michigan ranked 7th in the nation for the total number of patents with 3,516. In 2009, only seven nations surpassed Michigan in U.S. patents granted.
- In 2011, the University of Michigan Medical School received $319.7 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) ranking the school sixth among all medical schools with respect to funding from NIH. The funding resulted in an economic impact of $1.2 billion. Source: Association of American Medical Colleges.
- For the first time, research spending in 2008-2009 at the University of Michigan exceeded $1 billion. The school continues to rank among the top five research universities in the nation.
- In 2010, the University Research Corridor issued 140 patents and had an economic impact of $15.2 billion in Michigan.
- For fiscal year 2011, the National Institutes of Health awarded more than $655.5 million to Michigan to fund 1,539 projects, of which $588.6 million was awarded to organizations in the Detroit region.
Research Awards to Michigan, 2015
Education and TrainingThe region is home to many institutions that partner with existing medical and technological development facilities. Students receive real world experience and access to cutting-edge tools and practices to advance the progression of innovation in the health care and life sciences fields when they begin their careers. In 2015, Michigan’s University Research Corridor, a partnership between the University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University, conferred more advanced degrees in the medicine and biological science fields than any peer university cluster in the country.
Regional Institutions for Education and Training
|University of Michigan||Ann Arbor||Medical School
School of Nursing
School of Dentistry
College of Pharmacy
|Wayne state University||Detroit||School of Medicine
College of Nursing
Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
|Oakland University||Rochester||William Beaumont School of Medicine
School of Nursing
School of Health Sciences
|Eastern Michigan University||Ypsilanti||School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing
|University of Detroit Mercy||Detroit|| McAuley School of Nursing
School of Dentistry
Talent The Detroit region is talent-rich with professionals who have world-class training in engineering and the experience working with the exotic materials and high-precision tooling demanded by the health care industry. The same skills Michigan workers used to put the world on wheels help health care businesses innovate and thrive here.
- Michigan is 3rd in the nation with the number of engineering degrees issued.
- Michigan has the 4th largest high-tech workforce in the nation.
- Currently more than 307,000 people work in the health care industry in the Detroit region.
Major Health Care Investment in the Region
2008: Henry Ford Health System invested $3 million in its genetics laboratory in 2008. St. John Providence Health System invested $141 million to construct the addition of its north pavilion at their St. John Hospital and Medical Center campus.
2009: Henry Ford Health System invested $35 million to expand its downtown Detroit campus. St. John Hospital Providence Health System invested $15 million to renovate its St. John Hospital and Medical Center Emergency Services department.
2010: With the purchase of the Detroit Medical Center, Vanguard Health Services is currently investing $850 million in several of DMC hospitals for renovations and a new children’s hospital tower. St. Joseph Mercy Oakland hospital opened a newly constructed 50,000 sq. ft. state of the art surgical pavilion and renovated the west wing, investing $54.5 million.
2011: St. John Providence Health System invested $30 million in capital improvements at several facilities in the region.
2012: McLaren Health will open a new 40,000 sq. ft. Central Laboratory in Flint. Baker College donated $1 million to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital to purchase a CT scanner that will assist in the training of Baker students. University of Michigan announced it will open a new $39 million medical facility in 2014 in Oakland County’s Northville Township. Wayne State University, the nation’s largest single campus medical school, announced it will invest $90 million in a biomedical research facility.
2013: St. Joseph Mercy Oakland is continuing to expand with construction well under way for its new $129 million south tower due to open in 2013.