Microanalytics meet microfluidics in Rome

A noteworthy event: The Center for Process Analytical Chemistry, or CPAC, will hold its first-ever satellite conference in Rome next month (March 20-22). The meeting will bring together experts in the fields of microanalytics and microfluidics--something Center director Mel Koch believes is a first of its kind. Koch was promoting the event this week at the annual IFPAC forum in Arlington, Va., and said that response has been surprisingly good from the pharmaceutical and other industries. At IFPAC, Koch also presided over discussions on the New Sensor Sampling Initiative, or NeSSI, an effort to modularize and miniaturize analytical instrumentation. More on the Rome gathering and NeSSI can be found on CPAC's home page. -- PWT