It's coming to West Michigan - The 2018 MedDevice Forum!

For over five years, The Right Place, the Grand Rapids SmartZone, and MiDevice (The Right Place’s medical device consortium) have been collaborating to attract a major medical device conference to West Michigan. As a result, MPO Summit’s 2018 MedDevice Forum will be held in Grand Rapids at the Michigan State University’s College of Human Medicine Secchia Center.

The Right Place and MiDevice worked together to secure Grand Rapids as the host city for the event on May 22, 2018. Organizers expect to have up to 150 participants attend the event from around the United States.

This event will bring a new spotlight to West Michigan’s growing medical device manufacturing industry and the opportunities that exist here in the region. The Right Place and MiDevice will host a reception and provide tours to many of the companies attending the forum.


Focusing on the world of outsourcing for medical device manufacturing coupled with a keen awareness of innovation in the space, Medical Product Outsourcing’s conference series has provided the medtech industry with the most comprehensive programs for over 10 years. These highly informative symposiums address critical issues impacting multiple stakeholders within the industry. 

In 2018, the MedDevice Forum—a brand new, medical device manufacturing conference event—will debut in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

Modeled after the industry leading MPO Summit, MedDevice Forum will offer a more intimate setting for attendees seeking solutions to industry challenges. This event will simultaneously highlight the appeal of the region for medtech while tackling many the most significant issues and challenges today’s medical device companies are facing. 

Taking place in such an impressive location, this interactive networking and educational event will partner local experts with out-of-state industry thought leaders —OEMs, contract manufacturers, suppliers, consultants, members of the investment community, and academia—for a unique forum to discuss critical industry topics and offer tools to compete and grow in today’s volatile business climate.


The West Michigan region is home to nearly 600 companies and approximately 41,000 jobs focused around the medical device and life sciences industries. Residents of the area include MedPlast, Stryker, Perrigo, Autocam Medical, Pfizer, and Skytron. Life sciences companies account for more than $7.9 billion in economic activity in the region. In addition, West Michigan higher education institutions produce more than 10,000 STEM graduates annually, fueling the growth of the industry. Venture capital investment in life sciences in West Michigan totaled more than $106 million in 2016. 


We want to provide a special thank you to the Michigan State University—College of Human Medicine for graciously hosting this event. The Grand Rapids SmartZone provided the financial support and resources to enable us to continue pursuing this opportunity. We would also like to thank Brent Nowak, Ph.D., and Grand Valley State University for determining panel speakers. Experience Grand Rapids is providing excellent customer service for the event and we thank them for their support.

To register and learn more about this event, please click here.