2015 Pharma Awards: finalists shortlist

Winners from all seven categories will be unveiled at next month's CPhI Worldwide in Madrid

CPhI Worldwide, organised by UBM EMEA, has announced the finalists of the 2015 CPhI Pharma Awards.

This year’s entries include innovations and new service offerings from the full spectrum of the pharmaceutical supply chain, honouring companies and individuals driving the industry forward.

The Awards had a record number of entries and launched four new categories this year, covering: Best Innovation in Packaging; Best Innovation in Process and Formulation Development; Excellence in Partnering & Outsourcing; Best Innovation in APIs and Excipients (new); Innovation in Supply Chain & Logistic Management (new); Best Innovation in Manufacturing Technology (new); and CEO of the Year (new).

Finalists for Best Innovation by category:

  • Supply Chain & Logistic Management: Aesica and Trace Link
  • Manufacturing Technology – in cooperation with Pharmaceutical Technology: Harro Hoefliger, Palladio and Viavi
  • Packaging: Sulzer, Catalent and Nemera
  • APIs and Excipients: OMYA International AG, Aurena and NOF Corporation
  • Excellence in Partnering & Outsourcing – in cooperation with Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Magazine: C2 Pharma (formerly Centroflora CMS) and Johnson Matthey
  • Process and Formulation Development: Supercritical Solutions, Codexis and Catalent
  • CEO of the Year in cooperation with PharmaBoardroom: the winner to be confirmed at the event in Madrid.

All 16 finalists will give an in-depth presentation to the jury panel on Tuesday 13 October at CPhI Worldwide, before the winners are announced during the show.

Technologies shortlisted for the Awards include a multi-dose dry powder inhaler, near infrared spectrometers and pill compliance systems. Packaging innovations include glass-free vials, nasal spray pumps and modular unit dose packaging. Across process and formulation development entries include softgel capsules, engineered enzymes for shorter synthesis, and lipid coating agents.

In the pharmaceutical supply chain, innovative models for track and trace technologies and a unique supply chain management solution (one CDMO managing others) have been featured. Partnering and outsourcing remains an essential component of CPhI and this year's finalists include a small/large pharma partnership for plant derived APIs, and a CRO/pharma partnership that accelerated clinical development.

For APIs and excipients, technological innovations include methods for the direct deposition of liquids and functional lipids for nano-particle encapsulation of small molecules.

Finally, for CEO of the year, CPhI will announce the winner at the show.

Rutger Oudejans, CPhI Brand Director, said: "The CPhI Pharma Awards have grown in scope and breadth as the show has expanded to incorporate all parts of the pharmaceutical supply chain. This year, we received a remarkable response from the industry, demonstrating the high regard with which these Awards are held and the sheer number of innovations now emerging from pharma.

"In total, there were 70 entries, and the feedback from our judging panel is that the quality of submissions has grown enormously, making the shortlisting process incredibly difficult. As such, all of our finalists deserve commendations for the role they are playing in driving pharma forward through developing solutions to the industry’s most pressing needs. CPhI Worldwide is now firmly established as a global platform for recognising and celebrating pharma’s most dynamic companies."

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