DCAT Week FAQs
What is 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. Learn More
Where will DCAT Week '18 be held?
DCAT Week is held annually in New York City. DCAT Week activities and Business Meeting Spaces are located in the eight Official DCAT Week Hotels:
- The Benjamin
- DoubleTree Metropolitan
- Hotel 48LEX
- InterContinental Barclay
- The Lexington NYC
- Lotte NY Palace
- NY Marriott East Side
- Omni Berkshire Place
Can my company set up a booth at DCAT Week?
DCAT Week is not a tradeshow and does not offer booth space. DCAT member companies reserve Business Meeting Space located in Official DCAT Week Hotels to privately conduct business meetings behind closed doors throughout the week.
To learn more about Business Meeting Spaces, click here.
What is Business Meeting Space and how can my company reserve it?
The DCAT organization contracts spaces in eight hotels in mid-town Manhattan for use by its members during DCAT Week. These spaces are break-out rooms, suites, and hotel rooms converted into meeting rooms. Members reserve these rooms and have the right of first refusal for the same space the following year.
All reservations for Business Meeting Space must be made through the DCAT office. To reserve business meeting space in Official DCAT Week Hotels, you must be a DCAT member company. For more information, click here.
Questions about Business Meeting Space? Contact Nicole DiMattia (firstname.lastname@example.org) at +1-609-208-1888 ext. 7012.
In which hotels will the DCAT Office and Member Lounges be located?
The DCAT Office will be located on the second floor of the InterContinental Barclay. The Member Lounges will be located in the InterContinental Barclay, the Omni Berkshire, and the Lotte NY Palace. To learn more about the DCAT Office and Member Lounge locations, click here.
In which hotels do DCAT Week education programs and networking events take place?
Most education programs and networking events will be held in the InterContinental Barclay or Marriott East Side Hotel. The 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner and Pre-Dinner Reception will be held at the NY Hilton. To learn more about our programs and events, click here.
Can my company participate in DCAT Week if we aren't a member?
DCAT membership is not required to attend meetings with any of our member companies in their private Business Meeting Spaces. Non-members may register to attend education programs but do not receive the member discounted pricing. Non-members are restricted from obtaining Member Name Badges, using the Member Lounges, the Membership Reception and from purchasing a table at the DCAT Annual Dinner. Also, non-member guests cannot register for the Comedy Club Networking event or the Women’s Networking Breakfast.
It is also important to note that the DCAT organization is a not-for-profit business development association that relies solely on the support of our member companies to organize DCAT Week each year. Without our members’ support via the annual membership dues, this important event would not exist for the pharmaceutical manufacturing community.
If your company plans to attend DCAT Week and you are not a DCAT member, we strongly encourage you become one ahead of time. We do not enroll new members during DCAT Week.
To learn more about membership, click here.
How do I know if my company is a DCAT member?
How can my company become a member?
Click here to learn more about membership and fill out an online application. For specific questions or inquiries, contact Lauryn Kuna, DCAT Director, Membership Services, at email@example.com or +1-609-208-1888 ext. 7010.
How do I register for DCAT Week?
Online registration for DCAT Week education programs, networking events and DCAT member badges can be accessed here. There is no registration to attend DCAT Week for business meetings; however, members will need to register for Member Name Badges to enter the member lounges. Members are urged to pre-register for their badges before DCAT Week.
How can I be identified as a DCAT member?
DCAT is committed to enhancing member visibility at DCAT Week and is pleased to provide members-only badges. Members can pre-register for Member Name Badges online to obtain them in the member lounges, in the DCAT Office, or at the kiosks located outside of education programs. Separate from the Annual Dinner badges, Member Name Badges can be used all week to increase visibility and show your valued support for DCAT.
How do I plan meetings with other companies at DCAT Week?
Meetings for DCAT Week are predetermined by each company and DCAT does not schedule the meetings for its members. To help members plan their meeting schedule, DCAT provides the following resources:
- DCAT Connect- An online interactive membership directory for DCAT member company representatives.
- DCAT Week Meeting Locator- Lets other member companies know in which hotel your company has meeting space during DCAT Week, making it easier to plan meetings.
- DCAT Week Mobile App- Offers a networking feature for members to login and connect with each other directly through the app.
In addition, networking receptions, education programs and the member lounges provide casual opportunities to meet and dialogue with high-level industry professionals.
Annual Dinner FAQs
How can my company reserve a table for the Annual Dinner?
Each year, DCAT offers the right of first refusal to current dinner table holders. These companies participate in a lottery and table selection process to determine where their tables will be for the upcoming Dinner. If you are a member company who did not hold a table last year but are interested in a table for the 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner (held on March 22, 2018), you should contact us to be placed on the table waiting list. Waiting list requests are handled once the table selection process for current table holders has concluded, typically in early December.
To be added to the wait list, please contact Brooke DiGiuseppe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-609-208-1888 ext. 7011.
Can non-members attend the dinner?
Non-members are welcome to attend the DCAT Annual Dinner as guests of table holding member companies. Non-members are also able to purchase individual seats at the dinner, based on availability after members have purchased their tickets. Only member companies are able to purchase full tables at the dinner.
Do I need to pre-register the guests who will be at our table?
Yes, all guests who attend the event need to be pre-registered by the designated table contact using the DCAT online dinner system (opening in mid-December). We encourage that all guests are registered to your table no later than March 15th. Annual Dinner badges are generated from this information and no guest will be allowed entry into the ballroom without a badge, so it is very important that all guests be entered into the system.
I was invited as a guest to attend the dinner. How do I receive my dinner badge?
The designated dinner table contact for the company hosting your table will have your Annual Dinner Badge, unless he or she has contacted the DCAT office to make other arrangements.
I am the designated dinner table contact. Where can I pick up my table’s Annual Dinner Badges?
Designated dinner table contacts can pick up their table’s dinner badges during DCAT Week at the DCAT Office in the InterContinental. If you plan to have individuals from your table pick up their own badge, you must contact the DCAT office in Robbinsville (+1-609-208-1888) in advance to let us know. We only distribute badges to the designated table holder. More information will be available this fall.
Who will be the 92nd DCAT Annual Dinner speaker?
The DCAT organization is pleased to have actor, producer, musician and philanthropist Will Smith as its Annual Dinner speaker this year. Click here to read more.
How can I make changes to the guests I have registered for my table?
The designated table contact should use the DCAT online dinner system to add or change dinner guests up until Thursday, March 22nd at 5:30pm.
Does the DCAT Annual Dinner offer vegetarian options?
Yes, vegetarian meals are available. The designated table contact can indicate the request for a vegetarian meal for their guests when they enter them into the online dinner system.
My guests need hotel accommodations. Will DCAT have a room block at the New York Hilton?
Yes. DCAT has secured a block of rooms for dinner guests at a discounted rate of $299 per night plus taxes and fees. Reservations can be made here, or by calling the hotel directly at 1-800-445-8667 and referencing "DCAT."
I was invited to attend a Post-Dinner Hospitality Event. Do I need to register in advance?
If you are attending the dinner, your Annual Dinner Badge will grant you access to the designated area where the hospitality events take place (2nd, 3rd & 4th floors). If you are not attending the dinner but would like to attend the post-hospitality events, special badges can be obtained in the lobby of the hotel (near the escalators by the 6th Street hotel entrance ) beginning at 9:15 PM to give you access to the designated floors. Click here for more information.
Will DCAT be providing transportation to the New York Hilton from Official DCAT Week Hotels again?
Yes. All transportation information, including pick-up locations and times, will be made available in January. Please check back for details.