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Pharmapack Europe 2020 Award Winners Announced

Innovations across primary & secondary packaging, drug delivery devices, and machinery acknowledged

Exhibitor Innovations
Best Innovation in Drug Delivery Device (injectable): The Connect™ Auto-Sensing Injection System by Credence MedSystems
Best Innovation in Drug Delivery Device (respiratory): Safe`n`Spray™ by NEMERA
Best Innovation in Primary Packaging (solid dosage): Push Tab® loop by Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging
Best Innovation in Primary Packaging (liquid dosage): Pourer “Lotus” by Packsys gmbH
Best Innovation in Secondary Packaging: Patient Support App by Rondo
Best Innovation in Machinery: Quantifeel Quality Assurance Platform by Smart Skin Technologies

Health Products
Patient-Centric Design Award: G’DoCon® - Granule Dosing Concept for Creon® SD by Abbott Healthcare Pvt Limited
Eco-Design Award: Respimat® re-usable inhaler by Boehringer Ingelheim

Paris, 6th February 2020: Pharmapack Europe (#PharmapackEU), announces the winners of the 2020 Pharmapack Awards. Due to the outstanding quality of entries, eight worthy winners were chosen across two categories: ‘Exhibitor Innovations’ and ‘Health Products’.

The Exhibitor Innovations category saw a total of six winners selected across four pharma categories, highlighting how remarkable the last year has been for innovation in pharma. Credence MedSystems and NEMERA received well-deserved recognition in the ‘Best Innovation in Drug Delivery Device’ class. Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Germany GmbH & Packsys gmbH were awarded as winners for ‘Best Innovation in Primary Packaging’. Whilst Rondo and Smart Skin Technologies received awards for ‘Best Innovation in Secondary Packaging’ and ‘Best Innovation in Machinery’ respectively.

In the Health Product category, there was one winner each in two different product classes. Abbott Healthcare Pvt Limited won the ‘Patient-centric Design’ award, delivered in partnership with HCPC, whilst Boehringer Ingelheim ran out worthy winners of the ‘Eco-design’ Award, delivered in partnership with Adelphe and HPRC.

Credence MedSystems, one of two winners in the ‘Best Innovation in Drug Delivery Device’, was chosen for its Connect™ Auto-Sensing Injection System, which incorporates real-time monitoring of critical injection data into a reusable ergonomic grip. The Credence app also measures and transmits injection progress in real-time, as well as providing users with reminders and instructions on how to use the auto-injector. NEMERA also received a ‘Best Innovation in Drug Delivery Device’ award for their respiratory device ‘Safe`n`Spray™’ – an integrated device with a reusable electronic locking unit and fingerprint identification – which is used to monitor drug delivery and prevent overdosing.

There were two winners in the ‘Best Innovation in Primary Packaging’ covering solid and liquid dosage forms. Huhtamaki Flexible Packaging Germany GmbH & Co.KG won the award for solid dosage thanks to their Push Tab® packaging – an innovative child-safe alternative for opening strip packaging. The material used makes it easy to remove tabs by simply applying pressure without impacting barrier properties. The material is PVC free and cost effective, as well as suitable for use in all climate types. Packsys gmbH received the liquid dosage award for their “Lotus” pourer innovation: a one-piece, tamper-evident system with flip-top closure to help prevent spillages.

Rondo was selected as the winner of the ‘Best Innovation in Secondary Packaging’ for their Patient Support App. By combining radio chips with Near Field Communication Technology, the app delivers vital information between the consumer, physician, and manufacturer. This helps to better resolve patient needs and boost adherence. Smart Skin Technologies was bestowed with the ‘Best Innovation in Machinery’ award for their Quantifeel Quality Assurance Platform. The technology monitors any forces or impacts on packaging lines through the use of a replica sensor, which allows operators to then identify and fix areas that are causing damage.

In the Health Product category, the Granule Dosing Concept (G’DoCon®) for Creon® SD by Abbott Healthcare Pvt Limited was awarded the ‘Patient-Centric Design Award’. The Creon® SD acts as a smart dosing device that simplifies accurate dosing of Creon®, whilst the G’DoCon® improves dosing flexibility and reduces product exposure to the environment, improving compliance and adherence.

The Respimat® re-usable inhaler by Boehringer Ingelheim was awarded as the winner of the ‘Eco-design’ award. The inhaler can be used with up to six cartridge refills. Crucially, this helps reduces plastic waste and CO2 emissions by up to 73% and 71% respectively compared to conventional inhalers.

Silvia Forroova, Brand Director at Pharmapack Europe, commented, “I must first congratulate the eight winners at this year’s Pharmapack Awards, who are continuing to transform the industry landscape through the development of novel concepts that resolve significant challenges. I would also like to thank Adelphe, HCPC Europe, and HPRC for partnering with us and helping deliver an awards platform that is now widely lauded as a beacon of innovation. The sector is in the midst of a dynamic period, but what is most impressive is that the benefits of innovation are now often passed on to our most important stakeholders – the patients. I once again offer my thanks and admiration to our winners who are helping push the industry forward to new heights.”

-ENDS-

Notes to editors

About Pharmapack

Launched in 1997, Pharmapack is the European event for Pharmaceutical Packaging, Drug Delivery, Medical Devices and Machinery. Pharmapack started as a biennial conference and exhibition, taking place every other year in Paris, until industry developments demanded a more frequent event to help the industry stay up to date on the latest trends, developments and regulations. In the past 20+ years, the event has grown from a conference with a small table-top exhibition, to an event hosting 411 exhibitors and welcoming 5,290 attendees over 2 days. In 2018, Pharmapack also featured the International Meetings Programme (business matching), an International Meetings Programme, full 2-day Conference, 1-day Symposium, Workshops, Learning Lab presentations, Awards ceremonies, a Start-up Hub, Innovation Gallery and Tours.

About HCPC Europe

HCPC Europe is a not for profit organisation under the provision of the Belgian Law, registered in Brussels. The mission of HCPC Europe is to educate the healthcare sector about packaging that improves patients’ lives, for example by enhancing compliance and adherence to medication regimes. We believe that the packaging of medicines can in itself play a significant part in therapy adherence and we want to promote packaging-related initiatives which will help improve therapy adherence by patients.

About Adelphe

Adelphe’s aim is reducing the environmental impact of packaging waste in France. As a non-profit organization, under French government approval, Adelphe is a subsidiary of Citeo. Adelphe provides support to everyone involved in the recycling industry in order to help packaging producers create eco-friendly designs that are easy to recycle for the consumer. More than 9,000 companies are affiliated with Adelphe and invest around 60 million euros in order to make the economy more circular.

About Informa Markets

Informa Markets creates platforms for industries and specialist markets to trade, innovate and grow. Our portfolio is comprised of more than 550 international B2B events and brands in markets including Healthcare & Pharmaceuticals, Infrastructure, Construction & Real Estate, Fashion & Apparel, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, and Health & Nutrition, among others. We provide customers and partners around the globe with opportunities to engage, experience and do business through face-to-face exhibitions, specialist digital content and actionable data solutions. As the world’s leading exhibitions organiser, we bring a diverse range of specialist markets to life, unlocking opportunities and helping them to thrive 365 days of the year.

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The Informa Markets annual schedule of Pharmaceutical events include: Pharmapack Europe (5-6 February, 2020 at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles – Paris, France); CPhI South East Asia (4-6 March, 2020 at IMPACT – Bangkok, Thailand); CPhI Japan (16-18 March, 2020 at the Big Sight Exhibition Centre – Tokyo, Japan); CPhI North America (05 April - 07 May, 2020 at Pennsylvania Convention Centre – Philadelphia, USA); CPhI and P-MEC China (22-24 June, 2020 at SNIEC – Shanghai, China); CPhI Korea (26-28 August 2020), COEX – Seoul, Korea); CPhI Middle East & Africa (14-15 September, 2020 at the ADNEC – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates); CPhI, ICSE, P-MEC, FDF, InnoPack Worldwide, BioProduction (13-15 October, 2020 at Fiera Milano, Milan); CPhI & P-MEC India (25–27 November 2020 at the India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, Delhi NCR – Delhi, India).

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