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Robotics in Manufacturing

Seeing the Light

Vision-equipped robots can help the pharmaceutical industry take full advantage of automated systems in both the factory and the laboratory, reducing human error and increasing efficiency, as Nigel Smith at TM Robotics demonstrates.

 
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GCC Countries

Spanning the Gulf

Ahed Ghanem at PricewaterhouseCoopers reviews the current marketplace in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries, and points to the business culture and systems that operate in the region, which must be considered before looking to establish a local base.
 
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MENA Region

Thinking Outside the Box

The Middle East and North Africa area presents a whole host of challenges to the transporter, not only including the obvious temperature management issues, but also the general infrastructure of the region, as Roland Nicholas and Karen Adams at SCA Cool Logistics discuss.



 
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Packaging: Japanese Scene

Blossoming Marketplace

When it comes to contract packaging, the advantages of a full service offering are clear, and can be displayed further by the methods being employed in the Japanese market, explains Jeremy Drummond at Aesica.
 
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Machinery: Workplace Ergonomics

Getting a Lift

Protecting employees from injury is vital for every manufacturer, both in terms of avoiding wasted pay and reduced manpower, not to mention potential compensation. Adiam Tewelde at TAWI AB puts forward ergonomic lifting aids as a safer and ultimately cheaper solution to keep employees from harm.
 
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Eastern Europe

A Tale of Three Countries

Martin Meyer at Lodestone Management Consultants provides an analysis of the pros and cons of three major regional hubs – Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria – and compares the infrastructure of each.
 
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Track and Trace

Coding Looks to the Future

Harry Thomason of the Travtec Group provides an overview of the use of coding on pharmaceutical packaging over the last 30 years, and considers how the current technology available is providing an essential service to the industry.
 
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Packaging Design

In the Details

Jane Donaghey at Almac Pharma Services gives a breakdown of the major factors that come into play when designing external packaging for a pharma product, including ease of use, compliance, safety and brand awareness.
 
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Logistics Management

Optimal Operations

With the logistics branch of a pharma operation becoming increasingly recognised for its value-adding potential, Johan Beukema at Buck Consultants International discusses performance optimisation methods that can be undertaken throughout the logistics process.
 
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Oral Liquid Medications

Fluid Thinking

Günter Nadler, Matthias Birkhoff and Degenhard Marx at Aptar Pharma explain how over-the-counter liquid medications must encourage compliance while still providing consumers with perceived value and ease of use.

 
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Parenteral Products

A Question of Use

For the delivery of biopharmaceutical formulations, multilayer plastic parenteral vials offer a stronger, more reliable format with enhanced barrier properties, as Wolfgang Dirk at Gerresheimer AG shows.
 
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The End of the Line

Pushing the Envelope

The simplest of technologies can often give rise to the best solutions, as Richard Harrop explains.
 
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Manufacturing: Analytical Software

Data at Work

A manufacturing intelligence platform can allow valuable comparisons between sites to be made, improving performance levels across the board. Randy Tatlock at Aegis Analytical Corp gives details of the methodologies involved.
 
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Cleanrooms: Flooring Systems

Got it Covered

The management of particulate contamination is an essential task for a cleanroom manager. Eva Paraskevaides at Dycem Limited highlights the importance of selecting the right kind of flooring, and how it can even work out cheaper in the long run.
 
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Drug Delivery: Particle Analysis

Size Matters

Deborah Huck at Malvern Instruments points out the importance of the correct identification and characterisation of oversized particles that must be eliminated from inhaled drug formulations before they are ready to be packaged and used.
 
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Functional Excipients for Solid Dosage

Recipe for Success

Steffen Denzinger at Merck KgaA presents functional solid dose excipients as an answer to the increased demand for productivity in the face of falling drug approval rates.
 
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Disposable Filling Needles

One Use, One Solution

Benedikt Knoch at RAUMEDIC AG makes a case for single-use systems in the manufacturing sphere, which not only save on cleaning costs, but also provide a ready-made, sterile solution, free from previous contamination.
 
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Manufacturing Philosophies

Make it Better

Stuart Kay and Christian Dunning at Team Consulting Ltd advocate a risk-based approach to manufacturing, which assesses the level of risk in each element of the process and allows an optimal setup to be reached in terms of time, cost and safety.
 
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INTERVIEWS
Interview

Roll up, Roll up

In the run up to ICSE, InnoPack, P-MEC and BioPh, taking place from 25th to 27th October 2011 at Messe Frankfurt, Germany, Haf Cennydd, Global Brand Director for the event at UBM Live answers PMPS’ questions on how the show is run and what we can expect this year.
 
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News and Press Releases

Synpromics expands facilities to meet demand for revolutionary gene control technology

Edinburgh, UK, 11th September 2017 - Synpromics Ltd, the leader in gene control and synthetic promoter development, today moves to new world-class facilities at the Roslin Innovation Centre. Synpromics is expanding to meet increasing global demand for its cutting-edge gene control technology, and is the first company to move into the new custom-built centre based at the University of Edinburgh’s Easter Bush Campus.
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White Papers

Points to Consider When Developing a TMF (Trial Master File) Strategy

Phlexglobal Ltd

Many organizations are currently outsourcing clinical trial activities to one or more contract research organizations (CROs). This strategy enables companies to leverage specialized expertise and take advantage of flexible resourcing throughout the conduct of a clinical trial. Outsourcing minimizes the costs of recruiting experts, building a team and maintaining an infrastructure. However, it can also add complexity as the organization looks to meets its compliance obligations regarding clinical trial documentation. The documentation referred to in Article 15(5) of Directive 2001/20/EC as the trial master file shall consist of essential documents, which enable both the conduct of a clinical trial and the quality of the data produced to be evaluated.1 This essential study specific documentation is also known as the TMF. As organizations try to minimize their reliance on paper files, the electronic TMF (eTMF) has emerged. A current industry initiative to standardize the organization of this content is known as the TMF Reference Model. This model is helping standardization efforts across paper and electronic systems. As companies implement outsourcing strategies, CROs and sponsor organizations look for a common foundation on which to build their TMF capabilities. The following paper outlines some of the challenges organizations face when outsourcing clinical trial activities to multiple contract research organizations and a strategy to facilitate partnering and management of trial information between sponsors and CROs.
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Industry Events

13th Annual Biomarkers Congress

15-16 February 2018, Manchester Central Convention Complex, Manchester, UK

Oxford Global is proud to present the 13th Annual Biomarkers Congress to be held on 15-16 February 2018, Manchester. The congress covers novel developments in biomarker discovery and validation, translation into the clinic, personalised healthcare, Big data management, clinical diagnostics development. Key therapeutic focus areas include Immuno Oncology, Neuroscience, Respiratory, Metabolic and Cardiovascular Diseases
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