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Michael J. Beier,
Senior Vice President of Operations
TITAN PHARMACEUTICALS, INC.
Dr. James V. Blackwell, PhD, Consultant
BIOPROCESS TECHNOLOGY CONSULTANTS,
Ronald C. Branning,
Vice President Global Quality
Robert F. Dream, Vice President
H.D.R. COMPANY LTD.
Johanna Carmel Egan,
VGP Project Management
Girish Malhotra, President
Allan F. Pfitzenmaier, President
VECTECH PHARMA CONSULTANTS INC.
Susan Polizzotto, Manager,
R&D QA GMP Compliance
US SANOFI PASTEUR
Sr. Dir. Global Engineering
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Patrick Wong, Director of Global Engineering
BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB (BMS)
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Earlier this year, PMMI, The Association for
Packaging and Processing Technologies, predicted
that the pharmaceutical sector would outpace other
markets over the next five years, driven in part by
general economic development.
In its latest report, the organization forecasts that
the world market for pharmaceutical packaging will
grow 4.1 percent through 2021, faster than any other
So, What’s Up?
As personal wealth improves, more people can afford
access to pricey prescriptions, driving growth in
pharmaceutical processing and the need for packaging
Other positive boosts for packaging include
labeling and coding requirements to meet traceability
requirements, increasing R&D for new biologics,
longer life expectancy statistics, and the rise in new
medicines as patents for blockbuster drugs expire.
All of the above seem to hold true through the first
nine months of 2018 and all indications are that the
upcoming Pack Expo International and associated
Healthcare Packaging Expo, October 14-17 at
McCormick Place in Chicago, may be one of the most
significant and productive events in recent years for
both exhibitors and attendees focused on pharma. For
a quick look, turn to page 25.
Eye on Pharma Tech and Trends
Don’t miss our cover story by Associate Editor
Catherine Sbeglia—an in-depth conversation with
Todd Lybrook of Siemens on a unique program to
pull down the wall that exists between R&D and
manufacturing while establishing a “global recipe
model” to simplify and speed product development
across multiple sites (page 14).
• How continuous manufacturing will impact the
design and performance requirements of single-use
systems and their components (page 6).
• The evolution of capsules featuring different
physicochemical characteristics and application
designs (page 10).
• The significant role humidity control plays in GMP
production compliance (page 18).
• Food for thought: Reimagining today’s “outdated”
pharma supply chain (page 22).
See you in November/December. Meanwhile, for
your daily dose of pharmaceutical news, join us at
PharmPro.com and stay tuned. We have big plans in
the works for 2019. More to come in the weeks ahead!
— Mike Botta