More than 900 Biotech Drugs in the Pipeline

America's biopharmaceutical research companies are developing 901 biotechnology medicines and vaccines to address cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and other debilitating and life-threatening diseases, reports the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). These include 353 for cancer and related conditions, 187 for infectious diseases, 69 for autoimmune diseases, and 59 for cardiovascular diseases, PhRMA announced in a press release.

Capitalize on OEE without Additional Capital Investment

Look at your line again to determine whether time-tested methods can help you improve OEE.

Richard A. Bahr
President & CEO
MGS Machine Corp.

Most new packaging equipment can improve your line’s Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) compared with that of existing, less modern lines. In almost every case, machine manufacturers have stepped up their offerings in machine diagnostics, rapid/repeatable changeovers, and flexibility. Sure, all manufacturers’ offerings are not the same, but you will find most new equipment to be more efficient than past machines.

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Standing Together to Meet Global Serialization Rules

Three companies unite to provide a powerful stand-alone platform.

A new system launched in Brazil at FCE Pharma is designed to offer a stand-alone solution to support different approaches to pharmaceutical product serialization. VisioCIT can handle either labeling or direct coding, reports Christoph Lehmann, director of Uhlmann VisioTec GmbH (, which can position companies to meet Brazil’s pending rules as well as others around the world.

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PhRMA Announces Board Appointments

At the annual meeting of Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), Christopher Viehbacher, chief executive officer of sanofi-aventis, resumed his role as board chairman, while John C. Lechleiter, Ph.D., chairman, president, and chief executive officer of Eli Lilly and Co. was elected as chairman-elect of the PhRMA Board of Directors and Robert J. Hugin, president and chief executive officer of Celgene Corp. was elected PhRMA’s board treasurer. Viehbacher assumed the chairmanship in December 2010.

Anomatic Expands with New Presses

Anomatic Corp., which offers high-volume metal anodizing processing for the medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, and other packaging industries, is expanding its Connecticut production facility. The facility, which opened in 2007 with just three machines, will add an additional eight presses by July 2011. Sixteen presses are currently installed and capacity is expected to increase from 300 million to 500 million stamped components annually.

How Packagers and Producers Can Avoid Pharmaceutical Theft

A list of legal questions every drug company should answer about its supply chain.

By David Restaino
Fox Rothschild LLP

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Independent Lab Accredited for ISTA’s New Standard Certification

gh Package/Product Testing and Consulting Inc. reported in January that it was the first independent laboratory to be authorized by the International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) to test and certify temperature-controlled insulated shipping containers for overnight and two-day shipment.

Editorial Advisory Board Weighs in on Open Innovation

For this year’s pharmaceutical packaging roundtable, PMP News editor Daphne Allen asked members of its Editorial Advisory Board with extensive experience in pharmaceutical packaging what they thought about open innovation. PMP News was inspired by sister publication Packaging Digest, whose editorial director John Kalkowski wrote earlier this year, “Suddenly, it seems, open innovation has become a hot topic in packaging.

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People on the Move: First Quarter 2010

Canon Data Products Group and have released of its “People on the Move: First Quarter 2010” Special Report. This report includes a database of professionals who have made career moves during the first three-month period of this year. These business contacts and leads work within healthcare manufacturing as well as other related industries and segments. 

Company types that are included within this report are:

•    Pharmaceutical
•    Biotechnology/Biopharmaceutical

Packaging Innovations on Display at Interphex

The annual pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging show Interphex will be held April 20–22 in New York City at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. More than 900 solution providers whose equipment, products, and services focus on the needs of pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, and medical device manufacturers will be present. Read on for previews of packaging on display.

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