Built On Innovation
Innovation in glass continues to be a key enabler for allowing pharma manufacturers to make better, safer products for patients. This has been SCHOTT’s mantra for more than 130 years – why stop now?
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SCHOTT’s history dates back to 1879 when the company’s founder, Otto Schott, invented a special lithium-based glass with novel optical properties and shared his discovery with Ernst Abbe. This laid the foundation for a close collaboration, which soon resulted in Otto Schott, Ernst Abbe, Carl and Roderich Zeiss to found the Schott & Associates Glass Technology Laboratory in Jena, Germany, in 1884 (today’s SCHOTT AG). The company also invented chemically resistant borosilicate glass, which has since become the main primary packaging material for use in pharma packaging. SCHOTT’s history is built on enabling customers to develop high-performance products and the company continues to innovate today. SCHOTT produces 11 billion pharmaceutical containers every year and is also one of the few companies that is in control of its entire value chain – something that is becoming more and more important to pharma customers. Companies no longer just want a container; they expect services to come with it too, such as leachables profiles, extractables profiles and regulatory support.
We speak with Dr Frank Heinricht, Chairman of the Management Board of SCHOTT AG, to talk about the company’s recent $1 billion investment in its pharma glass business, industry trends and the importance of glass innovation.
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