2013 Philadelphia

2013 SLA – DPHT Conference Schedule 


Dine Around

Saturday, 8 June, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Restaurant: The Fish Market
Join your friends and colleagues of the Pharmaceutical Division as we explore the culinary delights of our host city!


Hot Topics in Biobusiness

Sunday, 9 June, 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Something is always happening in biobusiness. Our panel will tell us about trends in the pharmaceuticals and health devices industries. Topics will include: “Outlook for the Biomedical Industry: What’s Affecting Innovation?,” “Reimbursement Trends,” and “How Does and InfoPro Respond with Agility and Grace to an Ever-Changing Landscape.”
Sponsor: Mary Ann Liebert
Erbes slides
Shamel slides


The Race to the Patent Office – the impact of the America Invents Act

Monday, 10 June, 7:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
The America Invents Act (Patent Reform Act) became effective March 16, 2013. It switched the U.S. patent system from “first to invent” to “first to file” and is the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in nearly 60 years. There are wide ramifications concerning the kinds of innovations that are patentable, who owns inventions, who can use inventions, and how patents are challenged and defended. A panel of speakers (librarian/patent searcher, inventor, technologist, and attorney) will discuss how it has affected the patent process and the dramatic and unforeseen impacts they have seen during the past three months since the law went into effect.
Lead Unit:  Engineering Division
Co-hosting Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division
Spotlight Session

Listening to Pharma Chatter: Real-world Topic Monitoring
Monday, 10 June, 12noon – 1:30
Building on the success of last year’s session “Pharma Chatter,” this session is on media and topic monitoring which are becoming increasingly critical to all information work, and especially in the pharmaceutical industry. Rachel Bates Wilfahrt, author of a recent series on Current Awareness in Pharma, and Scott Brown, social media expert, will walk you through the practice of monitoring topics in pharma, medical and devices. Using examples, they’ll demonstrate the ins and outs of monitoring, and also share some of the free and subscription tools currently available for effective information tracking.
Sponsor: Dialog Proquest

Biomaterials and Their Use in Tissue Engineering
Monday, 10 June, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Join us for a glimpse behind the scenes into the development of biomaterials. Dr. Karen Christman is an award-winning polymer chemist and bioengineer who develops novel biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine applications. Projects are highly interdisciplinary and include the development of materials for in vitro differentiation of stem cells to injectable biomaterials for tissue repair and regeneration. Her talk will focus on the development and testing of injectable biomaterials for treating cardiovascular disease or for treating myocardial infarction.
Co-hosting Units:  Chemistry Division
Sponsors: AAAS and Springer/ADIS
Christman slides

All-Sciences Poster Session and Reception
Monday, 10 June, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
This event highlights multiple themes representing connections, collaboration, and strategy, with support from multiple  divisions. Join your colleagues for food, drink, and networking, and learn new ideas to take back to your library.

PHTD Open House
Monday, 10 June, 6:30pm – 9pm
Restaurant: Café Coyote & Tequila House
Please join us for an evening highlighting the cuisine and culture of San Diego. Enjoy Mexican food and learn about 4 different kinds of tequila that have been paired with the food.  If you don’t like tequila, other beverages will be available.
Sponsor: Reprints Desk


PHTD Open Board Meeting and Networking Breakfast

Tuesday, 11 June, 7:30am – 9:30am
Join us for breakfast and for the annual Outgoing Board Meeting. Help the Division prosper by learning more about the business of PHTD and providing your input. What would you like your division to be doing in 2014? Hot topics, directions, programming suggestions — here’s your chance to guide the future!
Sponsor: Information Express

A Brave New World: Molecular Diagnostics
Tuesday, 11 June, 10:00am – 12noon
Everyone’s heard about the $1000 genome test. How useful will it be? What are the ramifications of direct to consumer (DTC) genetic and sexually transmissible disease testing? Come to this session on Molecular Diagnostic Testing to learn the basics of this rapidly changing field including the difference between lab developed and FDA approved tests. Then hear a panel of experts discuss topics such as reimbursement (physician fees or lab tests?), regulatory challenges, role of genetic counseling,, use of companion diagnostics in targeted therapy, point of care molecular diagnostic testing and molecular testing for infectious diseases.
Boomer slides
Shieh slides
Reynolds slides
Pollock slides
Nelson slides

Introduction to Text Mining
Tuesday, 11 June, 2:00pm – 3:30 pm
How can Twitter be used to predict a flu outbreak or identify needed supplies in a disaster area? This program will introduce you to the power and flexibility of text mining to discover valuable insights in a wide variety of applications.
Lead Unit: Social Science Division
Co-Hosting Unit: Pharmaceutical & Health Technology Division