Year after year, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry’s Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo is the hot spot for laboratory medicine professionals. The event’s conference sessions offer a wide range of topics and formats, enabling clinical lab professionals to custom design a program that meets their needs. And the exhibit hall is widely acknowledged as the best site for locating companies whose products and services are intended exclusively for the clinical lab community.
This year’s AACC meeting will take place at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, from Sunday, July 26, through Thursday, July 31, with the exhibit hall open Tuesday through Thursday, July 28–31. CLP’s 2015 AACC Show Planner can help attendees quickly find their way around the event’s many activities.
This year’s conference features more than 400 sessions, with formats ranging from plenary addresses to more intimate “brown bag” sessions designed to stimulate interaction and encourage problem-solving. An interesting new feature of this year’s conference is the development of “mini-tracks”—groups of courses that enable attendees to concentrate their attention on a predefined field. Mini-tracks for this year’s conference have been developed for endocrinology, infectious diseases, lab-developed tests, mass spectrometry, molecular diagnostics, personalized medicine, point-of-care, and quality assurance.
With more than 700 companies in the exhibit hall, visitors will likely need a similar game plan for finding and focusing on the companies they most need to speak with. This show planner can help visitors to create such a plan by providing a full alphabetical list of all the show exhibitors and their booth numbers.
But so long as you’re on the floor, don’t forget to check out the schedule of presentations that will be taking place at the OEM Lecture Series Theater, the Industry Workshop Theater, and the poster sessions presentation area. In the OEM theater, exhibitors will be discussing the innovative technologies and services that go into making commercial diagnostics, from R&D, product development, manufacturing, and other areas. And in the industry theater, suppliers of finished diagnostics will be conducting workshops focused on the real-world applications of clinical diagnostics. For visitors wanting to catch a glimpse of both cutting-edge and coming technologies and products, the presentations in these exhibit hall settings are a great place to get started.
Of course, we hope you’ll also set aside a small part of your floor tour to visit with the staff of Clinical Lab Products at booth 4552. We’ll be happy to hear about how you’re selecting and adopting technologies into your everyday practice—and which new products from the show floor have captured your imagination.
See you in Atlanta!
Chief Editor, CLP