Ahead of Pittcon 2015 in New Orleans, Editor-in-Chief Michelle Taylor spoke with experts from exhibiting companies to get their take on what to expect at both this year’s Pittcon as well as future Pittcons.
What Technologies and Trends Do You Expect to See at Pittcon 2015?
“We expect Pittcon 2015 will continue to reinforce two complementary trends. First, the boundaries of analytical science—sensitivity and resolution—will reach new heights. Second, the design and form of analytical technologies will experience new levels of creativity and efficiencies. Both these trends are significantly expanding application ranges from the complex to the routine.” -Rohit Khanna, Vice President-Worldwide Marketing, Waters Corp.
“I believe that the world of analytical (and medical) science is on a journey from analysis in the laboratory to measurement at the point of sample—and I hope that this year’s Pittcon will reflect that trend.” -Stephen Tomisich, Director and CEO, Trajan Scientific and Medical
“We will see vendors increasingly leveraging new technologies like mobile and cloud computing. A clear trend will be toward integrated, user-friendly solutions that are application- or industry-specific to support current strategies, including biologics and quality.”-Daniela Jansen, Product Marketing Manager, Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA
“We expect to see instrument manufacturers continuing to major on providing industry-specific solutions. Small footprint tools, lab-on-a-chip technologies and holistic solutions are increasingly important. Addressing the needs of the biopharmaceuticals and the areas of genomics and DNA sequencing will also be a focus for the conference this year.” -Brian Dutko, President Americas, Malvern Instruments
“During Pittcon 2015, we expect to see more equipment that’s integrated into a lab’s network, as well as continual advancements toward making lab processes faster.“ -Paul Miller, National Laboratory Sales Manager, Miele
“I expect to see increased presence of mobile connections, continued globalization, an increase in products that automate manual tasks, and increases in efficiency and sustainability.” -Kelly Williams, Product Manager, Labconco Corp.
“I expect to see innovations in chromatography, mass spectrometry and molecular spectroscopy pushing the boundaries of lower detection limits, accuracy and specificity.” -Daryl Belock, Vice President, Innovation and R&D Collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“I expect to see more vendors with improved instrumentation. Almost all have UHPLC offerings and more will have 2-D GC offerings. I expect to see more complete ‘total’ solutions using LCMS and GCMS versus individual instrument innovations. I also expect more focus on applied application areas versus small molecule pharmaceutical development.” -Michael McGinley, Senior Product Manager, BioSeparations, Phenomenex
“Pittcon is becoming more competitive each year with companies vying for the same customer, so while booths may be smaller, floor presence will be greater. Some will do that with splash, others with the caliber of the team and expertise they bring to the show.”-Jerry Rossman, Marketing Operations Manager, Metrohm USA
What technologies and trends do you expect to see beyond 2015?
“I expect to see software, particularly cloud-based solutions enabling data analytics and information sharing, become more prevalent in future years.”-Daryl Belock, Vice President, Innovation and R&D Collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific
“Looking ahead, I expect to see more companies presenting portable instruments and the easy-to-use computing and consumable formats that this analytical shift demands.” -Stephen Tomisich, Director and CEO, Trajan Scientific and Medical
“Speed has become less of a buzzword in discussing UHPLC. Instead, I expect a renewed interest in increasing sensitivity and resolution using UHPLC. We are seeing instrument (and consumable) manufacturers making smaller (microbore and capillary) systems and columns to take advantage of increased sensitivity. I also expect specialty phases and applications to continue to increase in interest in the next few years.” -Michael McGinley, Senior Product Manager, BioSeparations, Phenomenex
“Users and the actual user experience will become more relevant. Products or solutions won’t be enough for customers anymore. They will expect to see impactful end-to-end solutions that provide lab users with a full industry-specific user experience that supports them with their challenges.” -Daniela Jansen, Product Marketing Manager, Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA
“A new generation of scientists expects not only performance, but style. Touchscreen technology and compact, well-designed instrumentation will be the norm.” -Donna Guerrera, Asst. Director, Scanning Electron Microsope Division, JEOL
“Given worldwide population growth, societies are ever more dependent upon laboratory science to improve our health, our food, our environment and our products. This dependence on science shows no signs of slowing down.”
-Rohit Khanna, Vice President-Worldwide Marketing, Waters Corp.
How do you expect Pittcon 2015 to be different from Pittcon 2014?
“This year I anticipate more discussion on application-specific solutions for existing product and technologies versus previous years where major breakout technologies were the main talking points. In HPLC/UHPLC, core shell solutions are the accepted top technology for all the major players. This year I believe most will focus on what this technology can do, especially for applied application areas outside of pharmaceutical developments (clinical, environmental, forensics, etc.).” -Michael McGinley, Senior Product Manager, BioSeparations, Phenomenex
“We expect to see more hands-on activities than just simple exhibition of equipment and software. Vendors will show more comprehensive workflows and processes, in addition to point solutions. The networking aspect of the conference will become even more important.” -Daniela Jansen, Product Marketing Manager, Dassault Systèmes BIOVIA
“I think there will be an excitement associated with being back in New Orleans and not needing your parka. I also think there will be a buzz brought by companies who are resident in the gulf coast area and haven’t made it to Pittcon in a while.” -Jerry Rossman, Marketing Operations Manager, Metrohm USA
“More attendees will be looking to learn—both in the conference sessions and directly from the vendors.” -Daryl Belock, Vice President, Innovation and R&D Collaboration, Thermo Fisher Scientific
"The economy is improving so I expect to see growth in several market segments, such as energy and pharma." -Donna Guerrera, Asst. Director, Scanning Electron Microsope Division, JEOL
Taylor also asked our Q&A interview subjects to sum up the future of the lab industry in a few words.
Here's what they said:
“Throughput, usability, versatility, cost-efficient and regulatory” -Jerry Rossman
“Reduce healthcare costs” -Brian Dutko
“Increased value, sensitivity, data and speed” -Michael McGinley
“Leveraging role based end-to-end solution experiences” -Daniela Jansen
“Connected, technology-driven innovation driving science and productivity” -Daryl Belock
“Powerful, affordable, portable analysis” -Stephen Tomisich
“Rapidly evolving, global and diverse” -Kelly Williams
“Strong research capability, streamlined operation for all levels of users” -Donna Guerrera