By Lori Clapper, Editor, Pharmaceutical Online
Living in a small, sleepy town, my visit to the city that never sleeps last March left me with countless memories, like:
- A crazy cab ride to Canal Street (only to find I couldn’t shop because the vendors had closed for the night)
- A movie shoot right outside my hotel
- The best cheesecake I’ve ever eaten
- And, of course, INTERPHEX!
Learning pétanque (or bocce) in Bryant Park hasn’t made my list of favorite memories… yet. However, the Pharmaceutical Online team and I look forward to returning to the Big Apple for INTERPHEX each year. Not only is it great to soak in the sights and sounds of the city, but it’s also a fantastic center of opportunity to see and hear about the newest pharmaceutical manufacturing trends and technologies offered by companies from around the globe.
There is so much to see and do at INTERPHEX 2012 (650+ exhibitors, 52 sessions, and 1000+ product lines represented!) I thought I might offer you some quick advice on creating your plan of attack for the event. For example, did you know that guided floor tours are available? You can sign up for tours dealing with biologics, advanced aseptic, oral solid-dose manufacturing, and facility design. During each tour, you’ll spend 3 to 4 hours meeting vendors that can address your specific project needs. (Note: floor tours are currently at capacity)
If you choose to tackle the exhibition on your own, here’s a tip for making the most of your time: Determine in advance which exhibitors will feature products and services that interest you — and where they’re located in the exhibition hall — by using INTERPHEX’s robust My Show Planner online tool. This easy-to-use application can be a real time-saver, helping you navigate the exhibit floor’s four targeted Product Zones (automation, facilities, manufacturing and packaging, and sourcing and services), create a show agenda, and even schedule appointments in Outlook. It can also prevent you from doing more walking than you need to do!
The educational sessions are also well organized into five tracks — regulatory QA/QC, product development, facility and process design, manufacturing and packaging, and supply chain. Be sure to search for the sessions you’d like to attend and create a personal show planner to map out your schedule before heading to the show.
If you have a chance, please stop by our Life Science Connectbooth in the Javits Center lobby (due to renovations) and say “hi”. I hope to meet many of you there or around the show floor, to learn about your interests and experiences while attending INTERPHEX.
My own schedule is filling up quickly! I’ll be making my rounds through the conference events (as my own tour guide), and I’m already scheduled to see several new technologies first-hand that may interest you as well, such as Elizabeth Companies’ new tablet press line (booth 3335), Colder Products’ newly expanded MPC and MPX quick disconnect product lines (booth 2357), the new leak testing methods for inspection with PTI (booth 2877), and the latest in filtration with Pall Life Sciences (booth 3021).
I may even squeeze in a pétanque lesson with Bob Stewart… if I have more than a New York minute to spare!!
Lori Clapper is the editor of Pharmaceutical Online, the industry standard that educates pharmaceutical manufacturers about the latest solutions, best practices, and trends in the industry. To contact Lori, email firstname.lastname@example.org.