The event gathers key industry players together to meet with leading suppliers and discover the latest innovations in pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery.
Since its launch in 1997, Pharmapack Europe has nurtured a great reputation thanks to its unique concept and continues to draw major companies from all over the world - with the 2015 event attracting 370 exhibitors and 3,040 visitors. According to Pharmapack Event Director Anne Schumacher, Pharmapack attracts new exhibitors every year from start-ups through to CMO and CMDOs, but also suppliers from emerging markets. In 2016, the event will gather 380 exhibitors from 31 countries and Anne commented: "This increase in exhibition scale is driven by organic growth within the market, but also by our efforts to continually adapt our platform to present the latest innovations and insights for decision-makers seeking specific packaging solutions in new therapies and drugs."
At this year's Pharmapack, a series of conference sessions will take place, including:
• Trends and Challenges in Packaging Materials, chaired by Dr. Joel Richard, Senior Vice President, Peptides, CMC & Engineering, IPSEN and Peter J. Schmitt, Managing Director, Montesino
• Medical Devices and Combination Products Development, chaired by Lionel Jeannin, Device & Packaging Development, Novartis Pharma AG and Andy Walker, Head of Device Technology, GSK
• New Packaging Insights to Better Serve Patients, chaired by Pr Philippe Arnaud, Chief of Pharmacy Department - Hospital Bichat-Claude Bernard AP-HP, ANSM Expert and David Dronneau, Technology, Innovation, Process & Solution Head in R&D Clinical Supplies, Sanofi
• Roundtable on 'emerging technologies and innovation forecast'
To help stay up to date on the latest issues across Serialisation and Track & Trace, the Symposium returns in 2016 and will provide in-depth analysis on 'how to implement a successful and compliant solution in line with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive (FMD) Delegated Act'. First hand answers and discussion will be provided from industry experts across CIP, Teva pharmaceuticals, and other leading solutions suppliers.
On the exhibition floor, visitors are encouraged to spend time exploring some of the many free sessions, powered by industrial experts in the Learning Lab. Topics for 2016 include "Biosimilar Packaging and Device Technologies to Shorten the Time to Market"; "Innovative Materials: Choices for Next Generation Medical Devices"; and "Intelligent subcutaneous delivery: moving beyond the bolus".
Positioned at the heart of the event, newly launched products will be showcased through the Innovation Gallery, which offers visitors an overview of some of most exciting developments. This year's most significant innovations will be revealed during the Pharmapack Awards' ceremonies. In 2015, an independent jury panel, composed of Pharmacists from hospitals, academic researchers and pharma R&D experts, awarded three winners in the health product category: RebiSmart® by Merck Serono; Easybox® by Teva Laboratories; and Bucomax by laboratories Pierre Fabre Médicaments. The winners in the exhibitor category were: Safety Syringe System from Credence MedSystems; the Datapen from Biocorp; and the tamper evident folding box from Igb. And finally, visitors voted Press&Take from Stiplastics, a dispenser system for granules, capsules and micro-tablets, as their winner.
A new addition for 2016, the Innovation Tour presents a unique opportunity for companies already enrolled in the Innovation Gallery to have their technologies championed by an industry expert to potential customers.
Pharmapack Europe 2016 is the essential event for anyone looking to do business in or learn more about innovations in drug delivery and packaging - the trends and partnerships emerging here will push boundaries, create new revenue streams and drive the industry forward.