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Pharmapack Europe has announced the winners of the 2023 Pharmapack Awards spanning five categories across two dedicated awards. In a reflection of the high standard of this year's entries, the judges also awarded one High Commendation.
The Health Product Awards are open to the entire pharma industry—and include two categories for “eco-design” and “patient-centric design”—while the Exhibitor Awards celebrate excellence across three categories for drug delivery innovation, packaging innovation, and sustainability initiative. The standard in the Patient-Centric Design category was so high, the judges also bestowed a Highly Commended for a second-place entry.
In the Eco-Design category, Rotor Print was rewarded for taking an important further step for the packaging industry by developing a high grade 100% PET blister that provides an equal barrier to the traditional aluminum lid or PVC. This PET film offers optimal protection for product stability and shelf life, and by replacing PVC and aluminum, it reduces risks to public health and is fully recyclable at any PET recycling plant.
The Award for Patient-Centric Design went to ATB-West for Latentogram, which combines a holographic label incorporating a latent image—invisible to the naked eye—with a credit card-sized handheld viewer. Looking at the hologram through the viewer reveals the hidden latent image, establishing the authenticity of the product. The polymer layer can be added without altering the packaging design and layout, and consequently does not pose an obstacle to implementation.
In the same category, Idevax & Voxdale were Highly Commended for the development of VAX-ID®, a patented drug delivery device platform developed for intradermal injection, which can be preconfigured with 32G or 27G needles to allow for different applications, with a penetration depth of 0.85 and 1.2mm respectively. The device provides accurate and reliable drug delivery of therapeutic and prophylactic medicinal substances in the dermal layer of the skin.
In the Exhibitor Innovation categories, the pioneering work of Owen Mumford Pharmaceutical Services was again recognized—after receiving a commendation in the 2022 awards—this time winning the Drug Delivery Innovation category for its UniSafe® reusable connected auto-injector. Using a unique design, UniSafe is a companion device for the UniSafe 1mL safety syringes designed for the delivery of subcutaneous medication. It provides patients with a continual dose progression indicator and true end of dose notification, and comes with the option of inbuilt connectivity via automatic Bluetooth.
In the Packaging Innovation category, PACKSYS was chosen for its ampoule dispenser system, which is a combination of ampoule breaker, body, and screw thread. By enabling the breaking and application of ampoules in one system, combined with the wide selection of applicators, the ampoule dispenser is a versatile packaging for liquid pharmaceutical or beauty products. The ampoule dispenser also features a removable bottom component where empty ampoules can be removed, creating a refillable system.
In the Sustainability Initiative category, Körber Pharma Packaging Materials received the judges’ seal of approval for its plastic-free Rapid COVID Test, which is made solely of recyclable cardboard mono material and is biodegradable. The product reduces the environmental impact of rapid COVID testers, which are usually made of plastic.
Commenting on the quality of the entries for this year’s Pharmapack Europe Awards, Tara Dougal, content director, Pharma at Informa, said, “Once again the judges have been given the unenviable task of selecting the winners from this year’s highly innovative award submissions. The scope and quality of the entries from novel drug delivery solutions to reusable connected devices and recyclable packaging is great to see—and it’s particularly encouraging that so many of this year’s entries focus on sustainability as a driver of innovation and differentiation. Congratulations to all our deserving winners and entrants!”