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Are You Headed to ObesityWeek 2017? We Want to Connect with You.

Around 5,000 people will attend ObesityWeek 2017 in Washington, DC on October 29 – November 2, representing a broad array of expertise from health care and surgery to diabetes and endocrinology.

The Center for Industry Research Collaboration of Wake Forest Innovations will be there to help you make the right connections in the sea of researchers, surgeons, health professionals and industry representatives.

You have a lot of ground to cover when attending conferences—sessions to attend, exhibitors to visit, networking to do. On top of that, you want to promote your own research. Your research deserves attention, but you also want the right kind of attention.

The Center for Industry Research Collaboration wants to help you make the most of your trip to Washington, DC.

“This year, we are attending ObesityWeek to connect researchers and clinicians from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with the companies who are interested in their work,” says Erica Hale, project manager for the Center for Industry Research Collaboration.

Here are three ways we can help you get the most out of ObesityWeek 2017:

1. Direct industry representatives to your presentation or poster

Are you presenting a poster or one of the 1,200 abstracts at ObesityWeek 2017? We want to drive more traffic to your posters and scientific sessions.

“There will many lectures and presentations at the conference this year,” says Hale. “By attending, we can highlight the posters and sessions of our Wake Forest Baptist researchers by directing industry representatives to them.”

If we know what you are presenting on, we can share the time and place of your presentations with our individual contacts. As we interact with relevant industry members at the conference, we’ll send them in your direction.

2. Set up meetings—the right meetings—with industry interested in your research

Around 150 exhibitors will be attending ObesityWeek this year. To help you make sense of that crowd, the Center can reach out to the vendors and companies that will be in attendance, targeting potential partners specifically interested in your work or services.

“Conferences are busy times for attendees. We want to help you make the most of your time by setting up industry meetings,” Hale says. “The more we know about your work ahead of time, the more specific we can be in targeting industry sponsors for potential meetings.

Contact us before the conference and let us know what you’re working on. We’ll do our homework to find potential industry sponsor matches. 

3. Be a resource

“We attend conferences like this one to be a resource for our clinicians and researchers,” says Hale.

If you connect with any industry sponsors at the conference, we can be a resource for you. We’ll meet with interested sponsors and give them details about sponsored research at Wake Forest Baptist. We can collect their contact information and even organize meetings with potential industry sponsors.

“At the conference, we want to help field questions from industry and facilitate interactions between you and industry contacts,” Hale says.

If you are heading to ObesityWeek, please let us know before you get there. Wake Forest Innovations wants to support you as you work with industry.