March 10, 2013
By Lauren Lipton
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — It’s like the Auto Show or the Flower Show, but for scientists!
Thousands of people will be coming from around the world to Philadelphia later this month for the world’s premiere annual conference and exposition on laboratory science.
“When these kinds of conventions come to town, the expo floor is an amazing place to see medical equipment, the operating rooms of the future, the research of the future,” notes Bonnie Grant, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Life Sciences Congress.
“We’re a city of medical history,” she says. “We have the first hospital, the first medical school, the first children’s hospital, the first medical library, and so much more.”
The Pittcon conference (which started in a Pittsburgh hotel in 1950) is put together by volunteers, and Philadelphia gets more out of it than just visitors.