Global contract packaging and supply chain organization (CPO) Tjoapack and U.K.-based technology company Veratrak launched the European Platform on Changing Healthcare (EPOCH) as part of their ongoing partnership dedicated to improving pharmaceutical supply chain operations.
EPOCH is a virtual platform designed to allow the healthcare industry to effectively research and explore new technologies that will help to shape the future of the pharmaceutical supply chain and improve patient care.
The new platform will focus on a different theme every six months. The first theme will be blockchain, in line with the project Tjoapack and Veratrak are currently working on to secure and optimize the data sharing processes involved in setting up stockkeeping units (SKUs) ready for packaging.
Dr. Anita Paz, Tjoapack’s Innovation Consultant, says, “We’re delighted to announce the launch of EPOCH. The platform will provide a collaborative environment for all its members and sponsors to facilitate the development of new ideas that will benefit the pharmaceutical supply chain.
“Beyond this, it will act as a communication tool to help proactively roll out these new ideas and provide an educational platform offering insight into new developments across the supply chain and how these can be best implemented. It’s an exciting project to be part of.
“At Tjoapack, we have a long history of employing innovative new technology to improve the pharmaceutical supply chain and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with Veratrak and the EPOCH member community.”
Beyond providing a communication hub for the pharmaceutical and technology companies across the industry, the EPOCH platform will also produce original research intended to guide the application of new technologies within member supply chains.
Jason Lacombe, Veratrak’s CEO, notes, “The EPOCH platform is the latest initiative to come out of our ongoing collaboration with Tjoapack. We’re committed to involving as many people as possible from the pharmaceutical supply chain in future projects so that we can pool our knowledge and resource for the benefit of the industry and ultimately the patients it serves.”
Tjoapack specializes in primary and secondary pharmaceutical packaging and supply chain management services. The company supplies products within more than 40 countries across all continents. Veratrak focuses on developing technologies to support secure data collaboration within the pharmaceutical supply chain.