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Celebrating innovation in pharma packaging and drug delivery at 2016 Pharmapack Awards
Winners in the Best Exhibitor Innovation category of the Pharmapack Awards stand with members of the judging jury and representatives from event organizer UBM

Celebrating innovation in pharma packaging and drug delivery at 2016 Pharmapack Awards

Packaging innovation was honored at Pharmapack Europe February 10-11 in the 2016 Pharmapack Awards, with four companies recognized in the Exhibitor Innovation category and three visitor products in the Health Product category.  

The winners in the Best Exhibitor Innovation category, recognized at Pharmapack Europe on February 10, are: 

·        Best Exhibitor Innovation for customisation and user-friendliness: Biocorp - Easylog

·        Best Exhibitor Innovation for convenience and ease of use: EVEON - Intuity Lyo

·        Best Exhibitor Innovation for efficient reuse and drug tampering prevention: Injecto - Injecto 0.5ml

·        Best Exhibitor Innovation for patient protection and cost-efficiency: Pylote - Pyclear Protection

And the winners of the Best Health Product category, recognized on February 11, are: 

·        Best Health Product for veterinary packaging and ease of use: Elanco & Neopac - Twist'n'use Osurnia

·        Best Health Product for compliance and convenience: Ethimedix SA - Smartbottle

·        Best Health Product for safety of use: Fresenius Kabi - Levobupivacaïne Kabi

These packages were on display at Pharmapack Europe in the on-floor Innovation Gallery, which showcased all of the 21 innovations entered into the awards. "To get so many high quality and genuine innovations from exhibitors and visitors demonstrates the esteem the industry holds these awards in, and the remarkable cutting-edge work being undertaken in both drug delivery and packaging industries," stated Anne Schumacher, Event Director at Pharmapack Europe. "Our winners this year demonstrated a mixture of incorporating new digital elements into drug delivery, automation, and of course, vital breakthroughs in increasing patient safety and adherence. I congratulate them all on their contributions to the industry."  

Read on for details on the winning packages.

BEST EXHIBITOR INNOVATIONS

Pylote's Pyclear Protection was recognized as the Best Exhibitor Innovation for patient protection and cost-efficiency. Receiving the award was Pylote Cofounder & CEO Loïc Marchin, who described Pyclear Protection as a "green solution" that features "microspheres for integration into packaging materials for antimicrobial properties." It can eliminate the need for preservatives in pharmaceutical products. (Please see our preshow article here.)

Mikkel Hetting, Founder and CEO of Injecto, received the award for Injecto 0.5ml, which received Best Exhibitor Innovation for efficient re-use and drug tampering prevention. He explained that the "compact injection unit [can be] delivered either in bulk or individually in blister packs," and it prevents "premature explusion." He adds that "for high-scale use, affordability is just as important as its function," he said. 

Vincent Tempelaere, CEO and Cofounder of EVEON, accepted the Best Exhibitor Innovation for convenience and ease of use for Intuity Lyo, which he called a "platform for reconstitution and administration."  The drug preparation platform operates "simply, automatically, safely," he added. 

Eric Dessertenne, ‎Head of Business Development and Commercial Operations at Biocorp, received the Best Exhibitor Innovation for customisation and user-friendliness for Easylog, a sensor for injection devices that can collect injector data, he explained. It offers "data encryption and automatic transfer to mobile apps," offering "patient treatment support," he added. 

See the next page for the Best Health Products.

BEST HEALTH PRODUCTS 

Elke Wagner, Elanco Animal Health, accepted the Best Health Product for veterinary packaging and ease of use for Twist'n'use Osurnia from Elanco and Neopac. The ear infection gel for dogs is packaged in unit-of-use tubes (one tube for each ear) dosed in two applications 7 days apart. The Polyfoil tubes from Neopac feature soft flexible nozzles; the twist-and-use feature provides tamper evidence, opening with a turn of the cap that remains on the tube after opening.

Above: Winners in the Best Health Product Innovation category of the Pharmapack Awards stand with members of the judging jury and representatives from event organizer UBM.

After winning a Pharmapack award years ago, Fresenius Kabi improved its non-IV local anesthesia Levobupivacaïne Kabi and won Best Health Product for safety of use. Use of red labels, a red port, and the words "Do Not Inject Intravenously" "contribute to proper use" and "increase patient safety," said Elodie Thurot, Product Line Manager IV Drugs and Standard Solutions, at the event.

The SmartBottle from Ethimedix SA won Best Health Product for compliance and convenience. Accepting the award were Dougal Bendjaballah and Bernard Prandi from Ethimedix. The product "delivers unique oral drugs in a safe way" and "records and monitors use in the home and hospital," they pointed out. Using biometric authentication, the programmable system reportedly can be used with "drinkable morphine," they said.

For information on the Pharmapack Europe Awards for 2017, visit http://www.pharmapackeurope.com/europe/enter-awards.

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