Total spending on medicine in the United States reached $310 billion in 2015, an increase of 8.5 percent from the previous year.1 Global medicine use will reach 4.5 trillion doses by 2020, a 24 percent increase from 2015.2 To keep pace with this growth, the pharmaceutical industry must utilize the latest technologies and resources to stay on the cutting edge. PACK EXPO East (Feb. 27–March 1, 2017; Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia) will offer a number of important benefits to professionals looking to gain a competitive advantage in this key market.
1. A Conference Program Dedicated to Healthcare
The Healthcare Packaging & Processing Conference will provide a complete picture of the current industry landscape and emerging technologies in healthcare packaging and processing. The conference will offer a program of inspiring keynotes, technology workshops and expert-led sessions on a range of timely topics such as, “Knowledge Management Strategies for Continuous Manufacturing,” “Biopharmaceutical Industry Trends and their Impact on Packaging – A Workshop,” “Medical Device Materials Regulatory Update” and “Enabling Faster Serialization Implementation.” A full list of conference sessions can be found here.
2. The Innovation Stage
There will be an abundance of free educational opportunities at PACK EXPO East. The PACK EXPO East Innovation Stage will feature seminars on breakthrough technologies and techniques. For instance, the OpX Leadership Network, a community of manufacturing, engineering and operations professionals dedicated to operational excellence convened by PMMI, will offer a session on factory acceptance testing titled “FAT – We all do them…differently.” The session will provide ideas and a robust checklist – developed by the OpX Leadership Network Capital Projects Solutions Group – for attendees to use with OEMs to deliver effective FATs that ensure both groups are meeting their obligations. The full schedule of Innovation Stage presentations can be found here.
3. New Technologies on the Show Floor
Manufacturers of pharmaceutical equipment and supplies bring their latest innovations to PACK EXPO East. Numerous innovative products will be launched at the show, including an aseptic syringe filler and capper from TaskMate that provides precision dosage and sterile environment, a four-wire Ethernet cable from Beckhoff that reduces costs and delivers freedom in machine design, a new soft-stretch hood for contamination control from VitaFlex and a first-of-its-kind multi-page label for hot-melt glue and roll-fed application equipment from Quality Assured.
4. An Experience for the Whole Team
The show’s Philadelphia location places it squarely in one of the epicenters of the healthcare industry — the Northeastern United States. This provides healthcare companies with a unique opportunity to get their whole team involved and investigating solutions on the show floor. Watching machinery run in person, at full scale can help pharmaceutical professionals effectively envision improvements to their production line and operations.
Register online at www.packexpoeast.com.
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, represents the voice of more than 750 North American manufacturers and suppliers of equipment, components and materials as well as providers of related equipment and services to the packaging and processing industry. We work to advance a variety of industries by connecting consumer goods companies with manufacturing solutions through the world-class PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, leading trade media and a wide range of resources to empower our members.
The PACK EXPO trade shows unite the world of processing and packaging to advance the industries they serve: PACK EXPO International, PACK EXPO Las Vegas, Healthcare Packaging EXPO, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México, EXPO PACK Guadalajara and ProFood Tech, launching in April 2017. PMMI Media Group connects manufacturers to the latest solutions, trends and innovations in processing and packaging year-round through brands including Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, Contract Packaging, ProFood World and Packaging + Processing OEM. PMMI Business Drivers assist members in pursuing operational excellence through workforce development initiatives, deliver actionable business intelligence on economic, market and industry trends to support members’ growth strategies, and actively connect the supply chain throughout the year. PMMI.org and Packexpo.com.
2 IMS Global Medicines Use in 2020