Q: What do you see as the most significant regulatory requirement currently impacting the pharmaceutical marketplace, and why?
A: One of the most significant requirements, one that impacts a lot of suppliers, concerns changing packaging materials. Most pharmaceutical companies require at least a year to validate changes to a packaging material. This becomes a challenge for manufacturers who would like to make changes but can’t justify a full year validation. It also puts pressure on the suppliers to not only produce quality products, but to make the benefits good enough to consider being validated.
Q: Which production, packaging, or software technology do you feel could have the most impact on a processors’ business, and why?
A: Recent packaging technology has taken leaps forward to protect pharmaceuticals and offer stability to ingredients that would not have been viable in the past. Active absorption packaging, for both oxygen and moisture, could have a huge impact on how sensitive ingredients and medicines are used and distributed.
Q: A primary focus of Pharma EXPO is education. If you could convince pharmaceutical manufacturing companies to invest in one area of employee education, what would it be and why?
A: Educating manufacturers about new packaging technology and the benefits they can offer would be a great way to open up the industry to previously inaccessible ingredients and logistics possibilities. New packaging technology could change the way manufacturers think by focusing on recent innovations and the possibilities packaging can offer.
Q: Which superhero do you think would be the best fit for the pharmaceutical industry and why?
A: Iron man, a.k.a. Tony Stark, would be a great super hero for the pharmaceutical industry. As Iron Man, he protects mankind much like modern pharmaceuticals do. Also similar to the pharmaceutical industry, Tony Stark is a futurist who is always looking several steps ahead trying to innovate new and exciting technologies.
Q: If you could give the pharmaceutical marketplace one thing, what would it be?
A: I would give much more time and money to R&D. Imagine what we could accomplish without budgetary or time restrictions while researching new pharmaceuticals.
Pharma EXPO Innovation Stage Presentation Details:
Title: Innovative Oxygen Absorption Packaging Solutions
Date: Mon. September 28| 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM |
Location: Innovation Stage | Booth N-559 Pharma EXPO |
Description: Mitsubishi Gas Chemical has developed a special iron based oxygen absorbing resin which does not need moisture or activation sequences to absorb oxygen. This resin opens up unlimited possibilities in pharmaceutical packaging. Moisture and odor absorption can be also be added for this multi-function packaging solution.