Orlando: National Home Infusion Association – NHIA

NHIA is the National Home Infusion Association, and we heard how it strives to bring top quality educational programming tailored to the needs of industry professionals through regional meetings, audio conference programs, and self-study programs like the Home Infusion Pharmacy Module Program, all of which keep NHIA  on the cutting edge of knowledge in the infusion world. Infusion?  Well, it’s a branch of therapy that depends on the administration of medicines into the bloodstream via a needle or catheter, and it’s a core treatment type for sufferers from cancer and other serious conditions, including some infections.  Administering such treatments at home involves not only delivery of medication, but a whole range of other things that ensure effective treatment: specialized equipment, pharmaceutical compounding and other services.  Such complex areas of medicine mean practitioners have to be “infused” with specialized knowledge….  #compounding

New York City: Interphex & Biotechnica America

INTERPHEX is the shortened monicker of International Pharmaceutical Expo, and it’s positioned as a source for complete biopharmaceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturing solutions “to confidently process all dosage forms for life-enhancing drugs”.  Hmmmmmm….  Anyway, there were 12,000 industry professionals in attendance, and more than 650 vendors showing the latest pharmaceutical & biopharmaceutical manufacturing technology.  You might be surprised how diverse it can be.  It ranges over Bioprocess Equipment, Systems & Services, Cleanroom Equipment & Supplies, Research, Development, Manufacturing & Packaging, Facility Design, Maintenance, Engineering, Construction & Commissioning, Laboratory & Testing Services, Laboratory Instrumentation, Material Handling, Logistics and Transportation, Processing Equipment, Raw Materials, Ingredients…  Not so different from cooking, then…  #INTERPHEX

Los Angeles: Abilities Expo-Southern California

Abilities Expo is “the event for people with disabilities”.  This was where delegates could discover ability-enhancing products and services, play adaptive sports, learn new dance moves and attend informative workshops.  Disability can be physical, sensory, learning-related, developmental or a combination of those things.   Abilities Expo was put together to strive to provide the products and services to help people meet and overcome their daily challenges. Visitors had the opportunity to test drive cutting-edge devices to determine what meets an individual’s needs. If it’s smaller ticket products you were wanting, you needed to look no further than the ingenious, low-cost inventions at the Retail Pavilion.  Abilities Expo Ambassadors, members of the Community of people with disabilities, were there spearheading the outreach effort for the Expo. They also provided a great resource for answering any disability-related questions.   Did someone just say “Yes, We Can…”?

Chicago: American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists – AAOP

AAOP is the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, who bracket their skills as “O&P” for short.  Prosthetists and orthotists provide care for anyone requiring an artificial limb (prosthesis) or a device to support or control part of the body (orthosis). They also advise on rehabilitation.  Orthotists provide a range of splints, braces and special footwear to aid movement, correct deformity and relieve discomfort.  Prosthetists provide the best possible artificial replacement for patients who have lost or were born without a limb.  A prosthetic limb, we heard, should feel and look like a natural limb.  The Academy Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium is a yearly forum for O&P professionals to join with colleagues to explore and discuss the current and future prospects for the O&P profession. The program offers clinical, technical and professional development programming with a focus on evidence-based practice.  And practice, we hear, makes perfect…

San Diego: International Stroke Conference – AHA/ASA

AHA/ASA is the International Stroke Conference, and it’s the world’s largest meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease. The conference featured more than 1,300 presentations to emphasize “basic, clinical and translational sciences as they evolve toward a more complete understanding of stroke pathophysiology”, with the overall goal of developing more effective prevention and treatment. Sessions in clinical categories centered on stroke community risk factors, emergency care, acute neuroimaging, endovascular and nonendovascular treatment, diagnosis, cerebrovascular occlusive disease, in-hospital treatment, and outcomes of stroke.  The expo played host to 3,800 professional attendees, as well as exhibitors displaying new stroke
products and services. The rate of discovery of new diagnostic and therapeutics for stroke has never been greater, we heard.  That cuts risks… at a stroke.  #HealthyHabits


Miami Beach: INFORMEX

INF14: 30th Anniversary Cake

INF14: 30th Anniversary Cake

When we talk about INFORMEX, we’re talking about North America’s leading business partnering event for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry. More than 3,500 attendees from top pharmaceutical, chemical and specialty chemical companies converged on the international hotspot of Miami Beach.  What were they expecting?  “InformEx gives custom manufacturers in the fine and performance chemical industry a personalized platform for getting business done and tapping into resources that will help us all succeed in the fast-evolving marketplace,” said a longtime attendee.  On-floor education sessions covering the most pressing issues of today’s suppliers, distributors and customers from across the fine and specialty chemical markets.  Noise-cancelling headphones allowed attendees to focus and actively participate in “silent” sessions, even amidst an energy-filled environment, we heard. Sorry, could you repeat that…?

INF 2014

INF 2014


1. Show Floor
2. Builds for Habitat for Humanity
3. Cookies
4. Show Floor Cubicle Farm

Fort Lauderdale: American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery – AACS

AACS 2014

AACS 2014



1. Mobile Marketing Seminar
2. Live Hair Restoration Demo
3. Facial Machines
4. Networking Reception





AACS is the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, and it provides educational opportunities that deliver procedural knowledge, hands-on training and mentorship to cosmetic surgery professionals.  Where else would you find a session titled “Two Procedures that Will Have Your Patients’ Eyes Looking Younger”?  The AACS is committed to “the development of the field of Cosmetic Surgery as a continuously advancing multispecialty discipline that delivers the safest patient outcomes through evidence-based information that informs best practices and technologies in service delivery globally”.  Hot topics?  They included Psychosocial Aspects of Cosmetic Surgery: Managing Patient Expectations, not to mention Pitfalls and Promise of Endocrine Anti-aging Strategies and Why Don’t Patients Act Like Consumers?  For that matter, why don’t consumers act like patients…?