Dia 21st Annual Euromeeting: Expanding Healthcare Horizons


BASEL, SWITZERLAND -The Drug Information Association (DIA), the premier, multidisciplinary, non-profit association that provides a neutral forum for the exchange of information critical to the advancement of the drug discovery and lifecycle management processes, will host its 21st Annual EuroMeeting (23-25 March, 2009; Berlin, Germany).

DIA's Annual EuroMeeting (http://www.presseportal.de/link/EuroMeeting ) is the largest event of its kind in Europe, attracting 3,000 professionals from 50 countries. It brings together professionals from the biopharmaceutical industry, contract service organisations, academic research centres, regulatory agencies, health ministries, patient organisations and trade associations. The 21st Annual EuroMeeting provides an opportunity to:

· Attend presentations by 350 speakers

· Hear representatives from the EMEA, FDA and regulatory agencies

· Attend 21 pre-conference tutorials

· Network with professional colleagues

· Visit 250 exhibitors

· Choose from 125 sessions in 16 themes

Europe provides a contrasting perspective to the global drug market that is not fully understood by colleagues around the world. The EuroMeeting provides a once-a-year opportunity to explain it all.

"The theme approach was well received in Barcelona and will be retained in Berlin. Certain refinements around the theme sessions have been identified that will support the quest to have all disciplines interacting at our event," explains Programme Co-Chair Barry Burnstead, Consultant, UK.

"Alongside the traditional areas of drug development, regulation and patient safety, our desire is to broaden the appeal of the EuroMeeting by introducing complementary topics."

The 21st Annual EuroMeeting has opened its doors to students and emerging professionals. The Emerging Professionals Session is tailored to those who are new to the pharmaceutical profession and to students who are interested in finding a way into the profession. Topics will include how to finding the right job in the pharmaceutical industry, job opportunities at the Health Authority, and how to present yourself during the interview process.

The Student Session, in partnership with the European Pharmaceutical Students Association (EPSA), will provide insight into the education students need to lead them into the pharmaceutical world. They will hear what students think about their curricula (EPSA European research project) and will have the opportunity to exchange opinions with industry professionals and academia.

"Students attending the EuroMeeting will have an opportunity to hold frank conversations with professionals," says Programme Co-Chair Dr. Susanne Keitel, Director, European Directorate of the Quality of Medicines and Healthcare (EDQM), EU.

Contact: Joe Krasowski