February 2014 Issue
By Lloyd Dunlap
Drug discovery and development professionals may want to give Pittcon a closer look if they haven’t already
CHICAGO — The conference and exposition we know as Pittcon is formally the Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy, which had its humble beginnings as a small technical conference that was first held in the William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh in February 1950. Since then, it has grown into an international conference with exhibitors, speakers and attendees that reaches far beyond the narrow focus of analytical chemistry and applied spectroscopy. But, something of the outdated reputation still clings, and many people in drug discovery and development haven’t really put this show as high on their priority list as others. That said, more of them should strongly consider attending and, in that vein, it never hurts to have a tour guide.
DDNews found one in the form of Marian Nardozzi, senior marketing communications specialist for the Pittsburgh Conference, who answered our questions and described the goings-on at the show being held in early March in Chicago this year.
“Approximately 40 percent of our attendees are first-timers every year,” Nardozzi states, noting that Pittcon’s reach continues to expand. “The most common comments we get are about the sheer size of the show. First-time attendees can sometimes be overwhelmed by the size of the expo floor and the number of technical presentations. The key to a successful week is pre-planning and organization, especially for the first-time attendee.”