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Industry Insight 
Industry Insight

Graham Hughes casts his eye over a selection of articles from this issue of PMPS.
 
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Manufacturing
Robotic Innovations

Auto Assembly

Alan Spreckley from ABB observes that pharma manufacturers are finally taking the lead from the food and beverage sector – more and more are implementing robotics in their production processes, and discovering a wide range of improvements.
 
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Spotlight

Coming Home

US initiative Save Your Factory, set up by FANUC Robotics, argues that moving manufacturing overseas is not always the best option. It believes that the many advantages offered by robotic and automated solutions may well persuade North American companies back to domestic soil.

 
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Cool Chain, Cargo & Logistics
Temperature-Assured Packaging

Hot Topic

New design concepts are constantly emerging with a view to improving product and packaging performance and integrity. Liam Holmes from Sonoco Thermosafe considers a recent case study where single-use options were compared to reusable, sustainable solutions in order to achieve greater temperature assurance.
 
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Ambient Temperature Solutions

A New Profile

Richard Wood at DS Smith Plastics Cool Logistics hopes that a universal formula for developing ambient temperature profi les will revolutionise the temperature-controlled packaging industry, and highlights the need to rely on actual data rather than assumption.
 
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Labelling 
Regional Labelling

A Common Language

As the trend for expansion into the BRIC countries continues, Vince Postill at PRISYM ID asks whether it is possible to fi nd a global approach to local language labelling for clinical trials?
 
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Formulations, Ingredients and Excipients
Freeze Drying

Lyophilisation: The Truth

Freeze drying is plagued by numerous misconceptions regarding the best way to integrate the process into existing production lines. Katriona Scoffin at Biopharma Technology Ltd walks us through ten of the most common lyophilisation myths.
 
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User-Friendly Dosage Forms

A Taste of Your Own Medicine

Patient compliance has always been a complex issue, especially with certain groups such as children or the elderly. Overcoming bitter-tasting APIs to create user-friendly alternatives to solid tablets is key to solving this problem, says Detlev Haack at Hermes Pharma.
 
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Fast Dissolve Formulations

Quick Thinking

A better understanding of tablet structure could prove instrumental to the production of fast dissolve dose forms, and lyophilisationbased formulations in particular should tackle speed of dispersion and palatability issues, claim Rob Travers and Leon Grother of Catalent Pharma Solutions.
 
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Drug Delivery

Device Design

Driving Innovation

Drug delivery and medical devices are playing an increasingly intelligent and customisable role in patient therapy management. Peter Wallrabe from Gerresheimer item GmbH investigates the development of a new device from start to finish.

 
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Validation & Compliance
Falsified Medicines Directive

Code Word

Manufacturers will be encouraged to implement anti-counterfeiting measures before the European Falsified Medicines Directive becomes mandatory in 2017. Harry Thomason of Travtec emphasises that careful consideration of the way coding is printed on packaging will be crucial to maintain accuracy.

 
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GDP Guidelines

Temperature Control

Two experts from Intelsius – Alex Roskoss and Stephen Healy – combine their knowledge to provide both scientific and business views on the European Union’s new Good Distribution Practice guidelines, and debate how far these changes will affect supply chains.



 
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PACKING & PACKAGING
Leak Detection

Break With Tradition

Philip Stevenson at Sepha compares the variety of methods used to detect leaks in blister packaging. He reveals that long-established destructive methods are slowly being replaced as non-destructive options come to the fore.
 
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Secondary Packaging

All Wrapped Up

Primary packaging concerns are always on the radar of pharma companies when improvements are considered. However, Martin Leeming at TrakRap reminds us that secondary packaging is a key area of innovation which has the potential to deliver huge benefi ts.
 
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the end of the line
The End of the Line

Emerging Safely

Richard Harrop
suggests the best way to go about entering emerging markets with a temperature-controlled product, and highlights the challenges a new competitor might face.
 
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CLINICAL TRIAL SUPPLIES & LOGISTICS
Clinical Supplies

Keeping it Cool

Emerging markets can provide pharma companies with huge opportunities to cut costs and reach new patients, but Rachel Griffiths at Biotec Services International stresses that these benefits come with many new challenges.
 
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MARKETPLACE & BUSINESS
Q&A: BRIC Expansion

Market Research

Growth into BRIC markets is a hot topic in the pharma industry right now. However, Reenita Das at Frost & Sullivan warns that moving production overseas is not as straightforward as it is often made out to be.
 
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Chief Executive Officer at Pop Test and Palisades Therapeutics

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News and Press Releases

WuXi STA and Dizal Pharmaceutical Sign CMC Development and Manufacturing Agreement

STA Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd., (WuXi STA) – a subsidiary of WuXi AppTec – and Dizal Pharmaceutical, a biotechnology company, announce a strategic partnership. Under the terms of the collaboration, WuXi STA will become the preferred CDMO partner of Dizal Pharmaceutical for GMP production, providing integrated CMC (Chemical, manufacturing and Control) process research and manufacturing services from API to drug product.
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White Papers

Keeping Abreast of the Competitive Environment in Clinical Development

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Industry Events

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22-23 October 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

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