Pharmapack Europe 2012: an outstanding edition!

The 11th edition of Pharmapack Europe, which took place in Paris on 15-16 February, surpassed its previous attendance record, seeing over 2,800 health industry decision-makers, from 54 countries, flocking to the Grande Halle de la Villette.

The exhibition brought together over 260 international companies.

From the very beginning of the event, visitors and conference participants filled the exhibition, which stayed busy until it closed. Exhibitors continually welcomed representatives from pharmaceutical and biotechnology laboratories and the medical industry to their stands. “This edition of Pharmapack Europe was a unique experience for all the participants, the general ambience being imbued with a sense of satisfaction. Both days of the event took place in a particularly studious and convivial atmosphere,” commented Aurore Domange, Event Manager of Pharmapack Europe. “We received numerous congratulations for the high quality of visitors, the advanced level of the conference and the richness of the exhibition. For all the participants, the event's specific positioning is a major attraction.”

Bianca Cavalli, Sales & Marketing Manager, COSTER Pharma

“An extremely productive two-day show, which is becoming more and more international every year. Only interested customers with concrete projects approached us. Return on investment is guaranteed.”

Barbara Reguzzoni, Lameplast Spa - Coc Farmaceutici Srl

“Pharmapack Europe is a very important pharmaceutical event for us, not only for French-speaking countries but also for the whole world. We are able to get in touch with our main customers and also other important customers. We have been exhibitors at Pharmapack Europe for years and we think that it is the right place to meet face-to-face with international pharma companies and to stay in the pharma market!”

High-quality visitors and exhibitors, greater in number and increasingly international

Like previous editions, Pharmapack Europe 2012 benefited from an exclusive, international audience, growing in numbers and confirming its status as the premier European exhibition and conference dedicated to packaging and drug-dispensing technologies. The event was attended by more visitors than in 2011 (2,600 visitors), attracting over 2,800 experts and key decision-makers from pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and veterinary laboratories, and health institutions and organisations, including company directors, R&D directors, sales managers and more. A significant new trend emerged at the 2012 edition, demonstrating the event's success in meeting its visitors' expectations; professionals are not only coming in greater numbers, but more and more of them are staying for both days.

The specialist suppliers gathered together in the exhibition area were also greater in number than last year (260 exhibitors compared to last year's 250) and presented a vast array of products and technologies at the cutting edge of innovation for drug-dispensing and packaging systems. This high-quality technological showcase by a group of targeted exhibitors fully met visitors' expectations, providing them with one place in which to meet all their suppliers and find new solutions and partners for their projects in development.

Siegfried Schaefer, Director Sales & Marketing, SFM / Süddeutsche Feinmechanik GmbH

“Interesting business overview with European and international expert audience consisting of development engineers and decision makers. Multiple international initial contacts as well as meetings with existing customers are proof of Pharmapack Europe's good reputation within the branch.”

Packed conference rooms

To complement the huge crowds at the exhibition, Pharmapack Europe 2012's conference rooms were packed too. The conference programme was particularly rich this year, with over 35 semi-scientific presentations made by international experts, attracting a large number of attendees. Comprehensive in subject matter, the talks broached topics that are crucial today for the development of health products, for innovation in primary and secondary drug and health product packaging, and for the challenges of the supply chain.

Together, the group of experts gathered at Grande Halle's main conference room gave an exhaustive update on market trends, technological advances and regulatory changes over the course of four sessions:

» “Sustainability: Challenges and practices”
» “New materials, compatibility and drug delivery for injectables”
» “Packaging design for better compliance, security and patient safety”
» “Combination products and novel drug delivery systems”

A major innovation for the 2012 edition was the Technical Symposium on Tertiary Packaging and the Cold Chain, which aroused great interest among participants. The premier of this symposium at Pharmapack Europe was organised in partnership with Knauf Industries Healthcare. It consisted of sessions that gave visitors the opportunity to discuss with experts the challenges of transporting drugs at controlled temperatures and discover innovative packaging solutions and technologies developed by a variety of companies. The sharing of experience between the various participants in the pharma distribution chain also provided them with precious information, enabling them to better understand their own problems.

Pharmapack Awards 2012: outstanding innovations for improved drug use

At this eleventh edition of Pharmapack Europe, the Awards ceremony revealed the most innovative packaging developed for drugs, health products and devices that reached the French market between December 2010 and 2011. The jury paid particular attention to innovations contributing to the correct use of drugs and improved patient and carer safety. It awarded Terumo for the company's K-Pack Surshield™ product in the “Dispensing Safety” category. Likewise, Burgopak was awarded for its Child-Resistant Slider product in the “Child Safety” category. Detailed presentations of these products are given in the Pharmapack Awards 2012 press release.

The much-anticipated 12th edition of Pharmapack Europe will take place on 13-14 February 2013 at Grande Halle de la Villette (Paris). However, the Pharmapack team invites you to attend the very first edition of Pharmapack North America on 22-23 May 2012 in Philadelphia and the second edition of Pharmatec Japan on 24-26 April 2013 in Tokyo.
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