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Research + Innovation

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Research and development activities in Oakland County cover a wide spectrum of today's leading technologies, including advanced electronics and controls, aerospace, alternative energy, communications, life sciences and transportation. More than one third of Michigan's R & D facilities are located in Oakland County. That includes almost half of the state's automotive research and development operations.

Research + Innovation Features

Power Sharing is Tougher Than You Think

How does a company's sole owner and founder transition to the power-sharing structure of executive leadership? That's the challenge that faces Billhighway, a Troy-based firm that's looking to enter its second stage of development. Metromode's Jon Zemke looks for lessons from successful (and less-than-successful) local businesses.

A Vital Connection

Inspired by personal struggles with cancer, Stephen Goldner partnered with David Fuehrer to launch CureLauncher, a company that connects patients with experimental treatments. In less than a year this Bloomfield Hills-based startup has seen an incredible response from hospitals, health organizations, investors and, most importantly, doctors and their patients.

Everything is Illuminated: Intellistreets Evolves the Humble Light Bulb

Let there be light... and sound and video. Farmington Hills-based Intellistreets is taking Thomas Edison's signature invention to a whole new level, using wireless technology to integrate digital information. It's only fitting that their product now illuminates his Menlo Park laboratory at The Henry Ford.

County and State Announce Cloud Collaboration

A partnership between the State of Michigan and Oakland County will save taxpayers money and improve government services by expanding the cloud for government-based software in Michigan. 

Special Edition: Growing the Defense Industry

GraviKor, Plex and Patriot Services are firms that are expanding business in the defense and aerospace industry sectors. In this Special Edition, Jon Zemke shows us how this business gets done in Metro Detroit. 
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Research + Innovation Videos

Featured Video: J&B Medical and Health Net Connect

J & B Medical was established in 1994 and since has become one of the fastest growing and most successful medical distribution companies in the world. J & B Medical, a family owned business, carries over 50 years of industry experience and is a Medical Main Street Life Science company. Video by M-1 Studios.

Featured Video: Welcome to the New OakGov.com

Check out the new OakGov.com, designed for you from the ground up to be used wherever you are with a cleaner, more user-friendly interface so you can find what you're looking for fast! 

Featured Video: Valeo North America

Oakland County's International Business video series continues with Françoise Colpron, the President of Valeo North America, an automotive parts manufacturing company which is headquartered in Troy with additional offices in Auburn Hills. Video by Advantage Oakland

Featured Video: The Robot Garage

At The Robot Garage, LEGO toys and robotics adventures are more than just childhood pastimes. Located in a converted warehouse in Birmingham's Rail District, this imagination laboratory hosts building classes, birthday parties, weekend competitions and one of the coolest retail shops in all of Oakland County. Whether you're a creative kid or just a child at heart, there's plenty to discover.

Welcome To Automation Alley

If building a knowledge-based economy is Michigan's only hope then, much like the force, Automation Alley is what binds the region's technological companies together, finding ways for them to succeed in the global marketplace.
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