About DCAT Week

DCAT Week is the premier business development event for companies engaged in pharmaceutical development and manufacturing and related industries. It is organized and hosted by the Drug, Chemical & Associated Technologies Association (DCAT), a not-for-profit, member-supported, global business development association whose unique membership model integrates both innovator and generic drug manufacturers and suppliers of ingredients, development and manufacturing services, and related technologies. Held annually in March, DCAT Week ensures that members have a forum for high-level strategic meetings with key decision makers, timely educational programs, and important networking opportunities. 

Who Attends?

C-suite, senior, and mid-level executives from pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies responsible for:

  • Third-party/external manufacturing
  • Sourcing
  • Procurement
  • Supply management

C-suite, senior, and mid-level executives from contract development and manufacturing organizations (CDMOs), contract manufacturing organizations (CMOs), and other suppliers providing:

  • Raw materials and chemicals, including excipients
  • Intermediates
  • Active pharmaceutical ingredients (small molecules and biologics), custom synthesis, and biomanufacturing products (media, components) and services
  • Formulation development
  • Drug-product manufacturing (solid dosage, parenteral, and specialty dosage forms)
  • Packaging materials and contract packaging services
  • Supply-chain services

High-Level Business Development Meetings

DCAT Week is truly unique!  Unlike many tradeshows or conferences, DCAT Week offers companies the opportunity to host private meetings with customers, suppliers and potential business partners in their reserved Business Meeting Space.  Although those meetings are mostly pre-scheduled, DCAT Week’s activities and events offer additional opportunities for introductions, impromptu meetings and other business connections.

Networking Opportunities

No better event can provide the perfect atmosphere for networking than DCAT Week. From the events beginning Monday morning, through Thursday evening, there are multiple receptions, learning sessions and lounge spaces ideal for you to meet other members of the industry and maybe that business connection you are looking for. DCAT member company attendees can request Member Name Badges to make networking even easier.

Education Programs

DCAT Week education programs bring together leading industry experts who provide timely market analysis, best practices, and key insights on the issues shaping the pharmaceutical/biopharmaceutical industry, its manufacturing value chain, and related business functions (i.e., sourcing, procurement, and supply management). The DCAT Education Committee and its task forces are responsible for developing a schedule of objective and topical sessions that are an important information resource for attendees. Visit our schedule page to learn more about this year's programs.

High Profile Branding Opportunities

The branding opportunities for sponsors before, during and after DCAT Week are truly special.  The DCAT staff works especially hard to ensure that companies receive every available opportunity to gain the visablity they want during this important week of business. Sponsorship and branding opportunities are only available to DCAT member companies. For more information, visit our Sponsorship page.

Member Announcement Forum

The DCAT Member Announcement Forum is fast becoming the venue at which to share major business announcements with the industry. Held on Monday morning of DCAT Week, the event is attended by members of the press and DCAT member companies to hear major company news impacting the pharmaceutical manufacturing value chain, including important strategy developments, mergers and acquisitions, integration efforts, and manufacturing expansion activity.  More information about the Member Announcement Forum, including the criteria to participate, will become available in December 2017.    

DCAT Annual Dinner

On the Thursday evening of DCAT Week, the organization holds its annual black-tie dinner.  A tradition since 1926, this event is held in the Grand Ballroom of the New York Hilton Hotel and draws over 2,000 dinner guests. The DCAT Annual Dinner has featured some of the most notable and interesting keynote speakers from a variety of backgrounds, including science, politics, entertainment and sports.  The evening concludes with more than 15 sponsored post-dinner hospitality events in which both dinner and non-dinner guests are invited.  These are great networking opportunities and not to be missed!