Pharmapack Europe 2018 (#pharmapackeu), Europe’s dedicated pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery conference and exhibition, organised by UBM EMEA, is taking place on 7–8 February at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, Paris. Dedicated to providing industry-leading knowledge and opportunities, Pharmapack is calling for new applications to its Start-up Hub platform and Pharmapack Awards.
Pharmapack Europe is essential for industry insights and networking, and to experience and interact with the latest industry innovations that are reimagining the capabilities of pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery. The 2018 Start-up Hub will identify young companies as being amongst the most innovative in the industry. Companies in the Start-up Hub will benefit from increased access to potential customers, partners and investors at Pharmapack 2018 from which to forge new and lasting relationships.
Identified start-ups in the inaugural 2017 initiative spanned the breadth of the industry; from functional inks that incorporate electronic applications into packaging, to needle-free medicine delivery, to an app that scans packages to provide product information, this year’s companies are sure to be equally as innovative and valuable. For 2018 start-ups developing patient-centric packaging or drug delivery solutions in line with connected health and anti-counterfeiting measures are encouraged to apply.
A long-standing highlight that embodies the ethos of the conference and exhibition, the prestigious Pharmapack Awards, also returns in 2018. The awards consist of two categories; the Exhibitor Innovation category and, for non-exhibitors, the Health Product category. Exhibitors that take part in the Innovation Gallery automatically enter the Awards for this category, but will still need to complete an entry document for a chance to win.
Exhibitor Innovation winners in 2017 (www.pharmapackeurope.com/innovation/awards-winners-2017) provided new approaches to some of the biggest challenges, including reducing vial overfill and intuitive packaging that increases adherence. The Health Product category distinguishes innovative packaging of new health products or improved packaging of an existing health product (for human or veterinary use), that has created a tangible benefit for users and administrators. The 2017 award winners used innovative packaging design to improve patient compliance and reduce environmental footprint, respectively.
Pharmapack Award applications are now open for 2018 to companies providing new products set to shape the future of the industry. These awards shine a light on the companies and products that sit at the centre of the industry. Pharmapack Europe was delighted to recently be shortlisted for a prestigious AEO Excellence Award for Sustainability, and particularly encourages entries from companies that are making packaging and drug delivery devices more sustainable, smarter, more effective, and more valuable to users.
Applications for the 2018 Pharmapack Awards are open until 3 November, 2017 and will be assessed by some of the industry’s leading figures globally, providing a powerful endorsement.
“Pharmapack Europe occupies a unique place in the industry’s conference calendar. As Europe's dedicated pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery event, Pharmapack offers a series of unique platforms that bring companies together to network and collaborate in driving business and the quality of products forward,” comments Anne Schumacher, Brand Director, Pharmapack Europe. “Pharmapack Europe is dedicated to innovation, and the Pharmapack Awards had an exceptionally high standard of entries last year while the Start-up Hub has quickly established itself as an attendee favourite. We recommend submitting applications early for the 2018 Pharmapack Awards and Start-up Hub as the slots are limited and the Innovation Gallery was fully booked in 2017.”