Note: All of the events listed below are included in your conference registration unless otherwise noted. Times and locations are subject to change. Last update: 06-May-2019.

First Timers' Drop-In Session

Sunday, June 16, 1:00 - 5:00 PM
Room 407-409

Your first PharmaSUG conference can be overwhelming - there's so much to do and see! Stop by our First Timers' Drop-in Session for an overview of the conference. Several experienced attendees will be on hand to help you navigate the conference, point out key features, provide tips and advice, and answer your questions. You can "drop in" anytime between 1pm and 5pm that is convenient for you. All conference attendees are welcome, even if it's not your first time! :)

Opening Session

Sunday, June 16, 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Grand Ballroom, Salons E-F (Level 5)

The PharmaSUG 2019 conference will kick off Sunday evening with our opening session. This year's session will feature a light-hearted Pharma Family Feud game show. You'll get to know some of your fellow attendees as they compete on stage to win fabulous prizes by guessing how their fellow attendees responded to several survey questions. (Thanks to everyone who participated in the survey!)

Our opening session will also feature a short TED-style presentation from Teradata's Yuri Pinzon entitled "Are You Listening? Data in Pharma" (abstract below) as well as a quick conference overview, a few words from our annual charity, greetings from our premier sponsor (SAS), and a teaser from FDA's Ben Vali about his Wednesday morning keynote address.

Are You Listening? Data in Pharma (Yuri Pinzon, Teradata) - With the current data explosion in the Pharmaceutical industry, it is imperative that the industry understands that there is no single system solution to solve all business and scientific needs. Yet there is so much that can be shared from a data perspective to better the lives of the patient they serve. The industry as we all know is heavily regulated and siloed in nature for patient privacy. Over the last few years, there has been substantial progress towards responsible data sharing, but the data still remains siloed. With the advent of grid technologies, it can be analyzed on robust analytical platforms without moving from its native platform. That said the source can be anything and come from anywhere. More often than not your, patient speaks to you on different platforms before they actually speak to a medical professional. The question is are you listening?

Opening Mixer

Sunday, June 16, 7:30 - 10:00 PM
Liberty and Independence Ballrooms

After the opening session, we'll flow immediately into our opening mixer where you can mingle with other attendees and enjoy food, drink, and live music. It's a great chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones as well! We'll have food stations available, so be sure to come hungry!

The Liberty and Independence Ballrooms are located in the Headhouse Tower, accessible by skybridge from Level 3 of the main hotel.

Speed Networking (during Opening Mixer)

Sunday, June 16, during Opening Mixer (see above)
Independence Ballroom

PharmaSUG has always been a great place to expand your professional network, but this year we're taking it to a new level with Speed Networking available during the opening mixer. This fun and fast-paced event-within-an-event will allow you to meet dozens of new people with only a small investment of time!

Attendees will be paired up for a short, focused, 3-minute networking conversation. When the time's up, you move on to your next conversational partner. If you really click with someone, you can plan to meet up later in the conference to continue the dialog!

Speed Networking will be held in the Independence Ballroom, while the main mixer is in the adjacent Liberty Ballroom. You can easily move back and forth between the two spaces. Speed Networking is completely optional. You're welcome to stick to more traditional networking methods, or just relax and have a good time!

The Liberty and Independence Ballrooms are located in the Headhouse Tower, accessible by skybridge from Level 3 of the main hotel.

Morning Yoga with Charu

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:45 AM
Headhouse Tower Lounge

Start each day off right with a relaxing yoga session led by SAS's own Charu Shankar. In addition to being a programming whiz, Charu is a professional yoga instructor and will lead you through some basic routines to prepare you for the day ahead. Beginners welcome! Wear comfortable clothing!

Morning "Rocky Steps" Run with Kriss

Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, 7:00 - 7:45 AM
Ground Floor Lobby

Start the day off with a fun run to the infamous "Rocky Steps", followed by a massive celebration at the top! So be ready to jump, and wave your hands in the air! There will be the opportunity to take pictures of the Rocky Steps, and the Rocky Statue, and then we'll run back to the conference hotel, and be full of energy for the conference ahead. The run will be led by Kriss Harris, who is a fitness fan, Rocky fan, and SAS fan! Gonna fly now!

Pub Trivia Night

Monday, June 17, 5:30-7:30 PM
Grand Ballroom E-F

Team up with your fellow attendees for Pub Trivia night! This friendly and casual competition is a great chance to network in a relaxed atmosphere with food, drink, and plenty of laughter.

With a variety of material ranging from general knowledge to industry-specific topics like data standards and statistical programming, there's something for everyone! Come play along or just enjoy watching others compete. Either way, it's sure to be a fun evening!

Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament, hosted by Vita Data Sciences

Monday, June 17, 8:00 PM - Midnight
Grand Ballroom E-F

Back by popular demand, Vita Data Sciences will once again be hosting their annual Texas Hold'em poker tournament. Whether you're running a big bluff against your fellow attendees or shoving all your chips in with a monster hand, the poker tournament is always a good way to unwind after a day of learning and networking.

There's no cost to play and everyone is welcome, whether you're completely new to poker or a regular grinder at your local card room. Vita Data Sciences will provide snacks, drinks, and a good time for all!


If poker isn't your thing, we'll also have an assortment of card games, board games, and other party games available for groups to enjoy. Come to play, come to watch, or just come to hang out and relax!

Kickback Party

Tuesday, June 18, 7:00-10:00 PM
Lucky Strike Philadelphia, 1336 Chestnut St.

Kickback and join your fellow attendees in a fun-filled evening of food, drinks, games, and networking. We have booked the entire Lucky Strike bowling alley, just two blocks from the conference hotel. It's a party, and you're invited!


Besides bowling, there will be karaoke, dancing, pool, ping-pong, darts, video games, a photo booth, and lots of room just to hang out and mingle. This event is included in your conference registration! Guest passes are available during conference registration for an additional fee (adults only).

Closing Session

Wednesday, June 19, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Grand Ballroom A-C

Leaving so soon? Think again! Wrap up your PharmaSUG conference at our Closing Session. We'll announce the Best Paper winners, introduce next year's conference co-chairs, and get a sneak peak at PharmaSUG 2020.

As always, there will be TONS OF DOOR PRIZES!