Europe’s biggest pharmaceutical packaging and drug delivery event saw a diversification of innovations and new drug delivery solutions, with ‘patient-centricity’ emerging as the central theme throughout this year’s edition.

Beyond these global giants (BD and Baumann to Nemera, Aptar, SFM Medical Devices, SHL, Vetter and West Pharmaceutical Services…), the event also played host to some of the hottest emerging innovators in the Start-up hub - showcasing new technologies from AI development platforms and advanced data analytics to miniaturised packaging sensors, soft mist inhalers, and smart packaging.

the Innovation Gallery showcased a range of new technologies -from child resistant pumps, and anti-tampering labels to connected and dual delivery devices, disposable autoinjectors and Augmented Reality on smartphones.

Another green approach discussed at the event was replacing PVC in secondary packaging, and Yves Steffen, Head of Packaging & Devices in Biological Technical Development and Manufacturing at Novartis, expects an industry-wide change to ‘plastic neutral’.

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