Each year, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo brings together members, contracted suppliers, and staff for three highly anticipated days of learning, networking, and business development. This year’s meeting will be held in the great American city of Chicago, IL from October 10–12 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. It promises to be a meeting to remember, with exceptional keynote speakers, numerous networking opportunities, and a broad range of educational sessions designed to both inform and challenge attendees.
We look forward to seeing you in Chicago!
Make plans to join more than 500 of your peers for three days of interactive learning, networking, and business development. Elevate your purchasing strategy, business acumen, and clinical knowledge at the most respected industry conference dedicated to purchasing and alternate site healthcare professionals. Pay no registration fee to attend!
The Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo features programming relevant to all Innovatix and Essensa members, with a focus on clinical, purchasing, and business professionals. Past conference attendees have included
Situated in downtown Chicago on the banks of the Chicago River and a few short blocks from Lake Michigan, the Sheraton Grand Chicago is this year’s host property. We have negotiated a special conference rate for our guests. These rooms are available only through Innovatix and Essensa once conference registration opens. Watch your email or check back here for an announcement. Please DO NOT contact the hotel directly to book, or you will not receive our special rates.
When making your travel arrangements, please keep in mind that conference registration opens Wednesday, October 10, at 8:00 a.m., and the conference officially begins on Wednesday, October 10 at noon. All conference programming will be complete by late morning of Friday, October 12.
More specifics about the schedule will be released as the meeting draws closer.
We know your time is valuable, which is why our meeting allows you to choose the sessions that best meet your needs.
This year we will offer attendees three educational tracks:
The Clinical track provides accredited continuing education and is geared for healthcare members involved with cost-effective management, evaluation, or treatment of patients in long-term care, infusion/specialty, and oncology. These programs are free of charge.
Want to attend the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo but need to demonstrate to management the value of this commitment in order to receive authorization for the travel cost as well as your time away from the office? Make the case to attend:
This meeting is a small investment with a big return. It’s a time-efficient, education-intensive professional development initiative that gives you skills that are essential to building a smarter, high-performing organization.
Learn from industry thought leaders
Three parallel tracks of educational programming and insightful guest speakers provide value for all learning styles and schedules. The breadth of education covered during the conference includes best practices, data-driven insights, and trends that give your organization a distinct advantage in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
For administrators, pharmacists and technicians, and healthcare executives, our conference provides accredited continuing education.
Network with Peers
The National Meeting & Expo brings members and suppliers together in meaningful ways. There are numerous formal and informal networking opportunities to meet with industry peers, subject matter experts, suppliers, and Innovatix and Essensa staff.
Attendees can expect to learn about new clinical, operational, and supply chain solutions. You will return with the most up-to-date and relevant skills, best practices, and knowledge, which can be applied at your organization immediately.
Upon your return from the National Meeting & Expo, you will receive copies of all the presentations, so you can share what you’ve learned with those who could not attend.
No Registration Fees
Innovatix and Essensa members pay no registration fees to attend. Registration includes all meals and activities during the conference.
Register your exhibit booth today to join us in Chicago, IL from October 10–12 for the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo, an exclusive annual event held for our members. This is the ONLY event that provides access to the most engaged and active Innovatix and Essensa members from a variety of non-acute care and commercial markets – all in one place! From pharmacists to purchasing directors, business owners to administrators, all Innovatix and Essensa markets will be represented in force, along with leaders from Premier’s expansive Alternate Site Programs.
We’ve listened to feedback from exhibitors and made numerous improvements for this year:
The Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo is truly unique when it comes to the exhibitor experience. That’s because we know that business relationships cannot be established exclusively on the trade show floor. We encourage exhibitor participation throughout the conference, including our welcome lunch, educational sessions, and evening networking events. Check back here for the full agenda as the meeting draws closer.
We give exhibitors full participation because it’s important that our suppliers understand our members and their business challenges, patient populations, and industry initiatives. You’re unlikely to get an opportunity like this at any other GPO conference.
When making your travel arrangements, please plan accordingly so you can participate in the whole meeting.
Exhibit booths are available to all Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier contracted suppliers based on the following fee schedule:
Opening of registration through July 12: $5,000
July 13 – October 2 (until space sells out): $5,500
All exhibit booths will be a uniform size and the fee includes one exhibiting attendee registration. Additional representatives from your company are also welcome to attend for an added registration fee based on the following schedule:
Opening of registration through July 12: $500 per additional exhibiting attendee
July 13 – October 2: $625 per additional exhibiting attendee
October 3 – October 12 (including onsite registration): $1,250 per additional exhibiting attendee
Register early and save!
Wednesday, October 10:
Thursday, October 11:
*Working schedule subject to change
STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD!
Increase your visibility to directly reach your target audience and improve brand awareness. Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your company and reach the non-acute healthcare and business leaders who make purchasing decisions.
Take advantage of our packaged awareness opportunities (tiers) or complement your booth with print and digital advertising.
All awareness and advertising opportunities are in addition to exhibit booth and exhibiting attendee fees. Suppliers who wish to participate in these opportunities must also be exhibitors at the meeting.
Awareness tiers and a la carte opportunities are available for purchase alongside exhibitor registration. All opportunities are first-come, first-serve
All Platinum Tier opportunities include:
All Gold Tier opportunities include:
All Silver Tier opportunities include:
A la Carte Options
Insert in meeting tote bag (Limited to 6 Exhibiting Suppliers):
Digital Signage (Limited to 10 Exhibiting Suppliers):
* Please note that Premier diverse suppliers receive a 10 percent discount on all rates listed above. For more details on Premier’s supplier diversity program, visit: https://www.premierinc.com/supplier-partners/why-premier/supplier-diversity/.
Each year, the Innovatix + Essensa National Meeting & Expo brings together members, contracted suppliers, and staff for three highly anticipated days of learning, networking, and business development. This past October, we welcomed 500+ attendees to the dynamic city of Austin, TX, marking the 10th anniversary of our last meeting in Austin, and our first meeting since our acquisition by Premier.
Innovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members started the meeting with a breakfast talk by bestselling author and business speaker, Jon Acuff. Jon’s humorous and engaging style energized the crowd, while his message about developing manageable goals in order to get more accomplished clearly resonated with the business leaders in the audience.
The programming for all attendees kicked off later that day with a welcome from Premier CFO Craig McKasson, followed by a keynote address from John P. Sganga, in his new role as Premier’s Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. Craig’s remarks focused on what Innovatix and Essensa bring to the table for Premier, the importance of alternate site healthcare and non-healthcare programs to Premier’s overall strategy, and how the combination of Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier serves as a force multiplier for progress within the healthcare system. John then opened his address with a reminder of Innovatix and Essensa’s humble beginnings, our journey to becoming a leader in alternate site group purchasing and operations, and our integration with Premier. Throughout his talk, John emphasized how Innovatix and Essensa’s values align with Premier’s, and that together with our members, we are building a legacy that will endure to change the healthcare and business landscape.
After Craig and John concluded their remarks, our special guest keynote speaker, TV personality and comedian Jay Leno, took center stage. A legendary performer, Jay used his unique style, wit, and delivery to keep the audience in stitches while expounding on topics ranging from prescription drug names to the health effects of aging.
The evening network event, Experience Austin at Brazos Hall, provided an opportunity for members, suppliers, and staff to connect. The venue—a combination of historic and new Austin—reminded attendees of the need for businesses to retain their core values, while also innovating and moving forward. The evening was highlighted by a donation to Austin Pets Alive!, an organization working to rescue, shelter, and reunite animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The contribution, made on behalf of Innovatix and Essensa members, will provide much-needed resources to support the recovery efforts.
This year’s meeting featured more than 20 educational programming sessions that were organized into four parallel tracks curated to meet the needs of all attendees: 1) clinical; 2) government affairs, regulatory issues, and alternate payment models; 3) business operations and management; and 4) purchasing and supply chain. The four tracks included over 14 hours of accredited continuing education sessions for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, long-term care administrators, and nurses.
All four tracks featured well-renowned subject matter experts and thought leaders who shared their knowledge with attendees. Sessions were interactive and featured dialogue and participation. Prominent sessions included Rep. Buddy Carter, the only pharmacist in the U.S. Congress, discussing healthcare priorities and legislation that impact non-acute providers; a discussion on how to better incorporate analytics into business decisions; strategies to improve opioid use in the long-term care setting; experts in cultural diversity and conflict resolution providing lessons for a more productive workplace; advice for pharmacies to thrive in value-based care environments; and more.
This year’s meeting also featured our largest Exhibition Hall ever, with more than 120 exhibitors on hand to educate members about the value their products and services provide. Innovatix and Essensa staff provided a crucial link, personally facilitating conversations between exhibitors and members aimed at creating winning outcomes through purchasing. Exhibitors also had the opportunity to directly engage with Innovatix, Essensa, and Premier member-facing staff during our inaugural reverse trade show. In addition, the exhibitors appreciated inclusion in the full program of events throughout the meeting, which increased their interaction with members, creating more opportunities for mutual success.
Captain Mark Kelly
NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero
NASA space mission commander and American hero Captain Mark Kelly demonstrates how focus, dedication, and persistence can help you tap into your potential to succeed in any competitive setting.
With an extraordinary career of service to our military, our nation, and humanity, Captain Kelly has secured his place in history as a role model, modern-day pioneer, and leader of distinction. Together with his identical twin brother, Scott, he has laid the groundwork for the future of space exploration as the subjects of an unprecedented NASA study on how space affects the human body. Currently, Captain Kelly is on the Commercial Crew Safety Board at Space X—and is the only person at Space X who has commanded a space mission—and is co-founder of World View, a full-service commercial space launch provider.
Captain Kelly captivates audiences with lessons learned from his extensive travels and experiences in the Navy, outer space, and on the ground. From leading teams in some of the most dynamic environments imaginable, to the thrill of spaceflight, and the recovery and resilience of his wife Gabrielle Giffords, he reveals the foundations for success so you can accomplish your mission in life and work.
Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs
John Sganga launched Innovatix in 1993 to offer group purchasing services to non-acute healthcare providers, and followed by launching Essensa in 2009 to service additional classes of trade. As President and CEO, he led both organizations through explosive growth, surpassing $8.2 billion in combined contract volume in 2016.
After Innovatix and Essensa became wholly-owned subsidiaries of Premier in 2016, Sganga assumed his current role of Senior Vice President, Alternate Site Programs. In this role, he provides overall leadership for Premier’s non-acute, alternate site, and sponsor programs.
Sganga’s nearly 30 years of healthcare experience includes serving as Executive Vice President of GNYHA Ventures (the business arm of the Greater New York Hospital Association), Senior Director of Financial Operations at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and at Ernst & Young’s Management Consulting Service. He provided leadership on the Executive Board of the Metropolitan Health Administrators’ Association (MHAA) for 17 years, and received the 2004 Award of Distinction for his commitment to healthcare. Sganga is a fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), and currently serves on the White Plains Hospital Board of Directors.
In 1999, Sganga was recognized as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under Forty,” and was also awarded the New York University Alumni Torch Award for public service. In 2008, he was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, New York Metro Area Healthcare Division.
Sganga holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, with a concentration in Financial Management.
Co-Founder and Executive Editor, RealClearPolitics
Tom Bevan is the co-founder and executive editor of RealClearPolitics, a trusted political source in Washington that publishes original content and selects the must-read stories and analysis from each side of the debate. With seven million monthly views, the site’s calling card is its innovative RCP polling average, the first of its kind and trusted across the aisle.
Bevan addresses politics and elections. A political junkie, he also offers the historical context of today’s political events so that his audience can get a better understanding of what is happening in Washington and more importantly, why.
In addition to overseeing the editorial staff and writing regular features for RealClearPolitics, Bevan’s work has appeared in numerous publications, and he is featured frequently as a political analyst on Fox News, CNN, CNBC, and the BBC.
Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Luminate Labs
Seth Mattison is an Internationally renowned expert and author on workforce trends, generational dynamics, and business strategy. As Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer of Luminate Labs, Seth advises many of the world’s leading brand and organizations on the key shifts happening around talent management, change and innovation, leadership, and the future of work.
His ideas have been featured in such publications as The Wall St. Journal, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and The Globe and Mail and was recently named to the Editors’ Picks for Speakers to Watch in 2017.
For the past decade Seth has shared his insights with thousands of business leaders around the world and has received accolades from many of the world’s best brands including: MasterCard, Johnson and Johnson, Microsoft, Kraft Foods, AT&T, PepsiCo, GE Energy, Cisco, State Farm, Merrill Lynch, Dow, and Disney.
Executive Director, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
Sheila Arquette is the Executive Director of the National Association of Specialty Pharmacy (NASP). She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Pharmacy. She has extensive practical and leadership experience in retail pharmacy, hospital pharmacy, long-term care consulting and dispensing, in addition to the managed care, PBM, and specialty pharmacy space. She is a regular speaker and participant at national pharmacy conferences, roundtables, and industry meetings.
Prior joining NASP in February 2017, Arquette was the Director of Pharmacy Services at Independent Health. She also served on the NASP membership committee and as the co-chair of the Government Affairs Committee prior to assuming her role as Executive Director. Arquette was elected to the NASP Board of Directors and received the NASP Distinguished Service Award in September 2016. She also is a long-standing member of the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
Manju T. Beier, Pharm D., BCGP, FASCP
President, Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC
Manju T. Beier is President of Geriatric Consultant Resources LLC. She has extensive experience targeting complex polypharmacy issues and addressing medication management in older adults. She is also Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a BCGP.
Dr. Beier serves on the national Epocrates Senior Clinical Board as the only pharmacist with expertise in geriatrics. Her experience in drug-drug and drug-gene interactions make her uniquely qualified in the domain of personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics, and polypharmacy.
Dr. Beier is the 2006 recipient of the prestigious George F. Archambault Award conferred by American Society of Consultant Pharmacists (ASCP). In 2012, she received the ASCP’s Richard S. Berman Service Award.
Managing Partner, JQLaCorte
Susan Catalano is the Managing Partner of JQLaCorte, a full service LinkedIn consultancy providing comprehensive LinkedIn-based marketing, business development, and employee advocacy programs for businesses. She consults with companies and professional services firms on the innovative use of LinkedIn to achieve measurable business results such as generating leads, boosting SEO results, improving visibility to clients and prospects, and promoting staff expertise.
Susan Catalano has over 15 years of experience in talent management for Fortune 500 corporations, as well as sales and marketing programs for companies and individual business owners. She regularly presents to national organizations and corporate and business audiences.
Managing Principal, LucidPointe
Robert Clark is Managing Principal of LucidPointe, a boutique digital agency specializing in online marketing, email marketing, and marketing automation strategy and execution. He has over 30 years of experience advising businesses from SMB to Fortune 50 companies, nonprofits, associations, and industry groups on marketing, sales, operations, strategy, and information technology.
Robert Clark regularly presents to national organizations and companies of all sizes.
Liya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Innovatix
Dr. Liya Davydov currently serves as a Senior Director of Clinical Pharmacy Services at Innovatix, where she focuses on the specialty and home infusion pharmacy segments. Prior to joining Innovatix, she worked as a Clinical Pharmacy Manager at Fidelis Care New York, a managed Medicaid HMO in New York State. Prior to Fidelis Care New York, she held a Clinical Pharmacy Manager position at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital.
Dr. Davydov earned both her degrees, BS in Pharmacy and Doctor of Pharmacy, from St. John’s University. She also completed an ASHP-accredited pharmacy practice residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy, and is also a Board Certified Geriatric Pharmacist.
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP
Director of Error Reporting Programs, Institute for Safe Medication Practices
Matthew Grissinger, RPh, FISMP, FASCP is the Director of Error Reporting Programs at the Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) as well as the Manager of Medication Safety Analysis for the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority (PSA). He has published numerous articles in the pharmacy literature, including regular columns in P&T and the PSA Patient Safety.
Grissinger serves as the Chair for the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCC MERP). He also serves on the National Quality Form (NQF) Common Formats Expert Panel, the Editorial Board for P&T, and the Faculty Advisory Board for the Pharmacy Learning Network (PLN).
Grissinger received a BS in Pharmacy from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. He is a fellow of the ISMP as well as the American Society of Consultant Pharmacists.
Andrew Orr-Skirvin, Pharm D., RPh, BCOP
Associate Clinical Professor, Northeastern University
Andrew Orr-Skirvin has been a faculty member for 25 years, teaching pharmacy students and providing clinical services to oncology patients. Dr. Orr-Skirvin’s interest areas include adult oncology and hematology patient care. In particular, he focuses on supportive care for oncology patients, including pain management, symptom control, and minimizing toxicity.
Dr. Orr-Skirvin attended Oregon State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy, and the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, where he earned he Doctor of Pharmacy from the University of Texas at Austin. He completed an oncology pharmacy residency at the Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio.
President and COO, Sorensen, Wilder & Associates
Steve Wilder has spent the past 35 years in healthcare safety, security, and risk management, providing consultation services to hundreds of clients, including hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, and physician practices. In his corporate career, Wilder served as Director of Risk Management for a hospital, Corporate Director of Risk Management for a long-term care corporation, and Corporate Director of Safety/Security for a system with 10 hospitals and 15 long-term care facilities.
An experienced trial expert, Wilder consults for law firms and insurance companies on issues of safety, security, aggression management, and workplace violence. He is co-author of the book “The Essentials of Aggression Management in Healthcare: From Talkdown to Takedown.” He is a Board-Certified Healthcare Safety Professional, and holds multiple certifications with the United States Department of Homeland Security. Wilder also spent 35 years in the fire service and is a retired fire chief in the suburbs of Chicago.
|WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2018|
|9:00 AM– 12:30 PM||MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN|
|12:30 – 3:00 PM||LUNCH AND KEYNOTES||WELCOME | TBD, TBD
COMPANY KEYNOTE | John P. Sganga, SVP, Alternate Site Programs, Premier
SPECIAL GUEST KEYNOTE | Captain Mark Kelly, NASA Space Mission Commander and American Hero
Government Affairs, Regulatory Issues, and Alternate Payment Models
Business Management and Operations
|Education Session 1
3:15 – 4:15 PM
|Specialty Pharmacy 101: What It Takes to Enter and Remain Competitive in an
Ever-changing IndustrySheila Arquette, RPh
Executive Director, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy
|Education Session 2
4:30 – 5:30 PM
|Specialty, Oncology, Biosimilar and ID Drugs: What is in the Pipeline? – The 2018 Update
Liya Davydov, PharmD, BCPS, BCGP
Senior Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services
|6:00 – 8:00 PM||EXHIBITION HALL / COCKTAIL RECEPTION|
|8:00 – 10:00 PM||MEMBER AND SUPPLIER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION (Onsite)|
|THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2018|
|7:30 – 8:30 AM||BREAKFAST||GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Tom Bevan, Political Analyst, Founder of Real Clear Politics
|Education Session 3
8:45 – 10:00 AM
|Late Life Depression Treatment Considerations: What’s New and Deserving?
Manju Beier, PharmD
|Education Session 4
10:15 – 11:30 AM
|Balancing Unpredictable Intravenous Medication Supply with the Demand for Safe Injection Practices
Matt Grissinger, RPh
|TBD||Building a Marketing Automation Program
|11:30 AM – 12:30 PM||MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN|
|11:30 AM – 12:30 PM||ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS*|
|12:30 – 2:00 PM||EXHIBITION HALL / LUNCH SERVED IN HALL|
|Education Session 5
2:15 – 3:30 PM
|Cancer Pain Management Update
Andrew Skirvin, PharmD
Hematology Oncology Clinical Pharmacist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
|TBD||Creating a Realistic Emergency Preparedness Plan
President and COO, Wilder, Sorensen & Associates
|3:30 – 6:00 PM||REVERSE TRADE SHOW (Exhibitors Only)|
|3:30 – 6:00 PM||MEMBER LOUNGE OPEN|
|6:30 – 9:30 PM||OFFSITE NETWORKING EVENT|
|FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2018|
|ADVISORY GROUP BREAKFAST:
8:00 – 10:00 AM
|SPECIAL GUEST SPEAKER | Seth Mattison, Co-Founder and Chief Movement Officer, Luminate Labs|
|10:15 – 11:30 AM||ADVISORY GROUP MEETINGS*|
*Advisory Group sessions and activities open to Innovatix and Essensa Advisory Group members only. Other sessions and events open to all attendees.
Working Agenda as of 07-11-18
Innovatix pharmacy member
Pharmaceutical supplier and first-time exhibitor
Essensa hospitality member and first-time attendee
Innovatix senior living member
Facilities and maintenance supplier