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Manufacture Packaging, Technology and Equipment, Drug Delivery, Bioprocessing - Upstream & Downstream

Who’s the Winner?

The many, many votes for The Medicine Maker Innovation Awards have been counted and we can finally reveal the winner for 2020: the Smart Container, from Schott Pharmaceutical Systems. Congratulations to the smart brains behind the Smart Container! 

Our annual Awards celebrate the top technologies released each year for pharmaceutical development and manufacturing. The finalists for the 2020 Awards were published in our December issue and the grand winner was decided via votes from visitors to our website.  

Smart Containers can potentially facilitate the move to “Industry 4.0” by allowing companies to improve reject management and line clearance, reduce the risk of mix-ups, optimize lyophilization processes, and support container-based targeted recalls. The bottom of the container is laser-marked with data matrix code, allowing each vial to be traced throughout the fill-finish process – and beyond. The code can be as small as 1 x 1 mm, which equals 14 x 14 dots, and remains stable during the entire fill and finish process. It also resists abrasion and avoids the risk of particle contamination. 

You can look forward to reading the story behind the Schott’s innovation in an upcoming issue of The Medicine Maker.

The two deserving runners up for 2020 are:

·   GPEX Boost Technology from Catalent Biologics – cell line expression technology for improving titers and cell-specific productivity

·   AdhereIT 360 Base and AdhereIT Clip from Noble and Aptar Pharma – a system that integrates with self-injection devices to support patients during treatment

Looking ahead, entries for the 2021 Innovation Awards will open soon. Nominations will be collected through an online form and the finalists will be published in our 2021 December issue. Sign up for our newsletter for updates.

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