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As a home to world-class healthcare, Detroit is a natural fit for medical and health services, including research, innovation, manufacturing, and services. Healthcare is Detroit’s largest industry, employing more than 333,000 workers in 2017.

As of 2016, four of Detroit’s regional education institutions have been awarded more than $546 million in healthcare research funding from the National Institutes of Health. This includes Wayne State University, located in midtown Detroit.

Driven by business incubators, educational institutions, entrepreneurs and health systems, Michigan’s MedHealth Innovation Cluster is devoted to healthcare innovation in Southeast Michigan. The Cluster is a collaborative, cross-border initiative leveraging the combined assets and opportunities of Southeast Michigan and Southwest Ontario to advance the region’s status as a hub of innovation within the healthcare industry. Its MedHealth Summit encourages technology solutions that use health IT, digital platforms and medical devises to solve key healthcare challenges.

Detroit also provides access to a robust talent pipeline of healthcare-related graduated. The University Research Corridor, an alliance between The University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University, ranked number two in the U.S. among university clusters in the Innovation and Power Rankings. In addition, the Michigan Community College System and its 28 public colleges include entrepreneurial centers of excellence and virtual learning centers.

Contact: Virginia Wilkinson, Director of Strategy & Research