DCAT WEEK’ 17 PREVIEW
Three new member lounges at the InterContinental Barclay,
Lotte New York Palace, and Omni Berkshire Hotels offer members a respite between meetings where they can relax with colleagues, answer email, and enjoy a beverage. A quiet section in
the lounge at the Lotte New York Palace will provide a space for
those who need a quiet place to work.
A Late Night Comedy Club & Networking Event on Monday,
March 20th, has been added to the schedule so that members can
join colleagues and friends for a good laugh with two of New York
City’s best comedians.
The DCAT Member Company Reception on Tuesday, March
21st (4: 30 to 6: 30 PM), a perennial member favorite, is attended
by more than 700 member representatives and is conveniently
scheduled in between the day’s business meetings and the evening’s customer dinners.
On Thursday morning, March 23rd, the DCAT Women’s Networking Breakfast will feature Alex Wallace, former senior vice
president of NBC News (2008-2015), whose thought-provok-ing presentation encourages women to step out of their comfort zones, or“cover their strong eye” in order to overcome their
weaknesses, strengthen their skills, and confidently rise to the
next levels in their careers and in life.
The black-tie DCAT Annual Dinner is steeped in a rich history
and tradition. After 90 years at the Waldorf Astoria, it is being relocated to the Grand Ballroom in the New York Hilton, which can
comfortably accommodate all 2,200 DCAT members and their
guests. Complimentary shuttle service between all eight Official
DCAT Week Hotels and the New York Hilton will be provided
for dinner guests. Always a much-anticipated part of the Annual
Dinner, guest speakers this year will feature David Cameron,
Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and special guest
Craig Ferguson, Emmy Award-Winning TV Host and Comedian.
BUILDING INDUSTRY KNOWLEDGE
DCAT member companies represent the entire spectrum of the pharmaceutical manufacturing value chain, and the DCAT Week education programs, which are developed by member volunteers serving
on the DCAT Education Committee and Task Forces, provide macro-level market data, trends, and analysis, as well as best practices in key
segments and functions impacting the pharmaceutical company cus-tomer/supplier relationship. DCAT Week ’ 17 will feature six education
programs that will be held from Monday–Wednesday, March 20–23 as
well as a specialized professional skill-building session.
The popular Pharmaceutical Industry Outlook program will
feature a market outlook by QuintileIMS as well as an Executive
Forum, featuring an on-stage interview with John LaMattina, former senior vice president, Pfizer Inc., and former president, Pfizer
Global Research and Development, who will discuss the key issues
impacting drug development and commercialization strategies.
The Pharma Outsourcing program will examine the drivers—
innovation, technology, capacity—for contract development and
manufacturing services for drug substances and drug products
with a market overview and trend analysis and insight on new
partnership models in pharmaceutical outsourcing, including for
continuous manufacturing of solid dosage products.
New for 2017 is an education program focused on emerging phar-
maceutical companies that will explore the specialized requirements
of small pharmaceutical companies in the sponsor company/supplier
relationship, including project management, and the role that CMC
(chemistry, manufacturing and controls) readiness plays in investor
valuations and partnering decisions by larger pharma companies.
Specific challenges faced by sourcing, procurement, and sup-
ply management professionals will be addressed in the program,
The Future of Sourcing and Procurement, which will gain perspec-
tives from leading pharma companies (Roche and Bristol-Myers
Squibb) on the talent-development and management required
for category and sourcing managers of the future. The program
will also provide case studies in supplier-led innovation (Johnson
& Johnson’s Janssen Pharmaceuticals) and materials manage-
ment for complex supply chains using antibody-drug conjugates
as an example (Pfizer).
A visionary look will also be provided by the Biomanufacturing
2027 education program with perspectives from leading biophar-
maceutical executives (Pfizer, AstraZeneca, and Kite Pharma). The
future of formulation development and drug delivery will be exam-
ined in a separate program, looking at next-generation technolo-
gies, with presentations from Boehringer Ingelheim, Merck & Co.,
and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation among others.
The Business Builder program is a professional skills-building
session for DCAT member company representatives that will
provide practical tools and insights on nonverbal communication
to advance global business relations from body language expert,
Chris Ulrich, a guest contributor on CNN and ABC’s Good Morn-
ing America, who recently provided expert commentary of the
candidates during the US Presidential campaigns and debates.
Also, to kick off DCAT Week, DCAT will hold on Monday, March
20th, the DCAT Member Company Announcement Forum, which
will consist of short presentations by senior executives of DCAT Registered Member Companies highlighting recent major activity impacting the pharmaceutical manufacturing value chain. CP
For a complete schedule of programs and events, visit dcat.org/DCATWeek.
To download the DCAT Week Mobile App visit i Tunes or Google Play.
MARGARE T M. TIMON Y is Executive Director of DCAT. For more
information visit dcat.org/DCATWeek.
The InterContinental Barclay’s Grand Ballroom (courtesy of InterContinental Hotels Group)