Learn, Network in the Exhibit Hall at the ATS 2017 International Conference

The ATS Exhibit Hall will open at 10:30 a.m. each day, giving you more time to explore products and services, and meet with representatives from more than 200 companies.

The Exhibit Hall at ATS 2017 will be your destination for the latest information on disease trends, National Institutes of Health grant requirements, and clinical trials opportunities, with events for networking and enjoyment sprinkled in. Here are just a few of the exciting happenings you’ll find in the Exhibit Hall:

Guru Bars
New this year are Guru Bars, four small theaters offering 30-minute burst sessions from industry leaders. Guru Bar 1 will focus on disease education, awareness, and prevention; Guru Bar 2 will cover diagnosis; Guru Bar 3 will feature treatment; and Guru Bar 4 will deal with treatment adherence/compliance.

The Guru Bars will run every 30 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, May 21, through Tuesday, May 23. Seating will be limited to 25 in order to facilitate discussion.

NIH Theater
Attendees curious about the ins and outs of the National Institutes of Health will find a wealth of information at the NIH Theater. Thirteen sessions will be presented from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday, May 21, through Tuesday, May 23.

Sunday’s sessions are Grant Writing and Peer Review 101; Training and Funding Opportunities for Minorities Underrepresented in the Sciences; Global Health; and Update on New NIH Policies on Clinical Trials, which will cover requirements that multisite trials utilize a single IRB, and that all applications for clinical trial funding be submitted in response to a clinical trial‐specific FOA and be registered with ClinicalTrials.gov.

Monday, May 22, will begin with “Open Mike” with Michael Lauer, MD, director of the NIH Office of Extramural Research; followed by NIH RePORT and Matchmaker; NIH Loan Repayment Programs; Precision Medicine Initiative; and NIH and NHLBI Resources for Small Business Development.

Tuesday, May 23, offerings are Funding Opportunities for Junior Scientists From the National Institutes of Health; NIH Policies and Resources for Data Sharing and Registering Studies; Career Opportunities in Health and Science in the Federal Government; and Optimizing NHLBI’s Clinical Trial Enterprise Through Milestone‐Driven FOAs for Clinical Trials, providing details of the clinical trial FOAs, the definition of multisite and single site, what NHLBI means by Phase II and above, and new application requirements.

Clinical Trials Booths
You will be able to visit with representatives from six organizations to learn about clinical trial investigator opportunities and provide feedback on products in development. The following exhibitors welcome your insights and expertise about how to improve and advance patient care:

  • FibroGen, Inc., in Booth 2
  • Novartis AG in Booth 8
  • Reata Pharmaceuticals in Booth 9
  • Santhera Pharmaceuticals in Booth 3
  • Spyryx Biosciences in Booth 6
  • Temple University Health System in Booth 7

ATS Foundation Fundraisers
Several exhibitors at ATS 2017 will have fun activities to raise funds to support the ATS Foundation.

  • Actelion Pharmaceuticals US, Booth 525, will donate $25 for each attendee who participates in its activity stations, with a maximum donation of $25,000. Participants will be given a can of digital spray paint to use at one of the four stations. They can choose their own color to add to a screen, which will be uploaded to an LED wall with the artwork of other attendees.
  • AstraZeneca, Booth 637, will donate $5 for each attendee who completes a survey, with a maximum donation of $7,500.
  • Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc., Booths 1537 and 1837, is working to finalize plans for its fundraiser.
  • Vitalograph, Inc., Booth 1630, will donate $1 for each attendee who completes a quiz that mixes questions about respiratory science and popular music.

Networking event
Raise your glass at the new Attendee Networking Event, “A Toast to Innovation,” from 1:15 to 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, May 23. Enjoy cocktails and champagne while mingling with International Conference attendees at stations throughout the Exhibit Hall.

White Coat Photo Opportunity
Stop by the “photo booth” and take your picture with DC backdrops and cool props. You’ll have a choice of the White House or U.S. Capitol Building for a backdrop, white coats to dress up in, and clever signs to hold. You’ll be able to share your pictures on social media and show off the fun you’re having at the International Conference. The White Coat Photo Opportunity will be offered in conjunction with ATS Capitol Hill Day on Tuesday, May 23.

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