What's on Pharmapack Europe 2020

The event on 5-6 February at the Paris Expo will again showcase the latest innovations and bring the industry together to help foster new advances

It is an extremely exciting time for the pharmaceutical packaging industry, as in recent years more innovative products are being brought to market, demanding more multifaceted packaging and drug delivery solutions. This, coupled with the introduction of new packaging regulations, has led to contract packaging organisations taking a more significant role to produce more advanced packaging and drug delivery solutions.

This is why Pharmapack Europe 2020 will again showcase the latest innovations in the industry and bring the entire community together to help foster new advances.

The event, to be held on 5-6 February at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles (France) will provide visitors with insights from leading industry experts along with a plethora of networking opportunities.

Event overview

Pharmapack Europe provides insights into the latest trends and innovations in the pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery industries.

This year, Pharmapack is expected to play host to over 410 exhibitors and 5,500+ attendees from more than 100 unique countries over two days, making it the most international edition to date. Aptar, Baumann, Nemera, SFM Medical Devices, SHL, Vetter and West Pharmaceutical Services are some of the companies exhibiting.

The conference agenda will consist of a two-day programme delivered by high-level industry expert speakers discussing current pharmaceutical packaging market trends, along with an overview and analysis of using blockchain across the pharmaceutical supply chain.

Some of the major topics include Patient Adherence, Challenges in Usability & Regulatory update, Biologicals and Biosimilars, Drug Delivery Devices and Sustainability and Pharmaceutical Packaging & Devices.

The Conference is divided into five main streams. Session one discusses Connectivity and Patient Centricity. Session two discusses news in Sustainability as well as the Pharmapack 2020 Awards ceremony. Session three entails discussion around Challenges in Drug Delivery for Biologics while the fourth session involves the introduction of New Horizons in Innovation as well as the presentation of the 2020 Pharmapack awards.

Session highlights across the five streams include:

  • Risks and real-world issues with connected devices: Special session by Tom Oakley, Director of Drug Delivery Device Development, Springboard, on how the pharma industry perceives the challenges, risks and real-world issues associated with the use of connected devices. There’s such potential for innovation and new services to consumers, but this, of course, must be tempered by how we secure devices and patient data. 
  • Recovering and managing waste generated by used medicines in the health and medico-social sector: This session by Valérie Tatin, Purchasing Manager at Korian, provides an overview of the current waste generated by used medicines in both health and medico-social sectors and how companies can do more to combat this epidemic. 
  • Global Outlook for Biologics and Biosimilars: This session by Aurelio Arias, Engagement Manager, European Thought Leadership at IQVIA, provides an overview of the current biologics and biosimilars market, drug delivery devices currently in use and what’s next in the pipeline.
  • Change as a prerequisite to enhancing innovation capabilities for organisations: This session by Marc Rohrschneider, Head New Technologies, Device Development and Commercialisation at Novartis AG, discusses how new horizons in innovation could be present and innovation capabilities could be enhanced if change is made as a prerequisite.
  • The 2020 Technical Symposium, designed to promote exhibiting companies, will provide insight from pharma industry leaders on tackling the challenges and technical problems associated with novel approaches. This will include case-studies on pre-filled on body Injectors, drug-device combinations, drug repurposing, glass pre-fillable syringes, QBD and nasal delivery innovations. 

    Learning Lab

    The 2020 edition of Pharmapack will also feature the Learning Lab, situated directly on the exhibition floor, it is designed to inform visitors on the latest exhibitor products and services. Session highlights include a presentation by Paul Smallman, Associate Director, Technical Operations at PCI, on the transition from clinical to commercial packaging. Key talks include Dr Daniel Keesman, President and Managing Partner, August Faller GmbH & Co. KG, on the digitisation of the packaging supply chain, Nicolas Brandes, Director Global Product Management (Polymer Prefilled Systems and Vial Containment), West Pharmaceutical Services on Patient-centric Innovations in Containment and Delivery of Parenteral Drug Products and Dr Julie Suman, President, Next Breath, an Aptar Pharma Company on Accelerating and de-risking the drug development journey.

    The prestigious Pharmapack Awards will be hosted alongside Pharmapack Europe 2020 and will celebrate the latest innovations from the pharmaceutical packaging industry. The awards have two categories – Health Product and Exhibitor Innovations– each is judged by a jury of independent industry experts and decision-makers and the awards will be presented on the 5th of February. 

    The Health Products category is open to pharmaceutical, veterinary, biopharma or OEM companies – they can also co-apply with their packaging or device manufacturer or supplier if the innovation is a collaborative one – but entries must be of a product that has been commercially launched after the 1st of January 2019. 

    The Exhibitor Innovation award is for Pharmapack Europe 2020 exhibitors that join the Innovation Gallery. This category allows entrants to present the latest innovative solutions, including those not yet available on the market (i.e. currently undergoing R&D.)

    Last year’s awards saw an influx of entries of exceptional calibre and it is anticipated that mirroring market conditions, 2020 will see another stellar standard. 

    All exhibitor innovations submitted for the Pharmapack Awards are showcased in the Innovation Gallery, which gives a comprehensive overview of recently launched products. Moreover, there will also be hour-long guided Innovation Tours, delivered by industry experts, to highlight exceptional exhibitors throughout the innovation gallery. 

    Start-up Hub

    To celebrate, young companies in the centre of the floorplan will be the 2020 Start-up Hub, providing a platform dedicated to emerging new and innovative technologies in the fields of pharmaceutical packaging, labelling, drug delivery device design and engineering.

    Exhibitors here will showcase product innovations and take part in the Start-up Pitch – retained from last year, this unique opportunity gives exhibitors the chance to pitch their company to a panel of experts in front of a live audience of industry professionals.

    Pharmapack Europe 2020 will take place 5th & 6th February 2020 at the Paris Expo, Porte de Versailles, France Paris. Register now!

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