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Manufacture Quality & Compliance, Packaging

Vendors Reloaded

An increasing number of products are being shipped in smaller volumes as pharmaceutical companies see the benefits of highly potent and highly targeted drugs. Effective fill-finish technologies are essential for producing these drugs, alongside containers and closures, but could the technologies be further improved if vendors work together? 

Vanrx Pharmasystems, which supplies a variety of aseptic robotic filling systems, has brought a number of vendors together to form the Matrix Alliance. Although naturally competitors, the vendors will collaborate to develop aseptic solutions, consisting of containers, stoppers, caps and nests that work together effectively with new filling machinery. 

To expand our knowledge of the Matrix, we asked Greg Speakman from Vanrx Pharmasystems – one of the founders of the Matrix Alliance – to feed us the red pill.

Who and what are the Matrix Alliance?

Everyone involved in the Matrix Alliance is a supplier to pharma companies. Through the Alliance, we can leverage our combined offerings and expertise in aseptic filling (including testing and certification) to help better support the makers of parenteral medicines. Both new drugs and their manufacturing processes are becoming more sophisticated, so we need a new generation of packaging and aseptic supplies. 

Collectively, our members make containers (vials, syringes and cartridges), stoppers, closures and filling machines. The companies on board are ARaymond Life, Daikyo Seiko, Datwyler, Ompi, Schott, Schott Kaisha, Ompi, SiO2 Medical Products, and Vanrx. Each company will provide input on the definition of product sets, their specific components, and their development and testing resources. 

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