Smart Packaging Workshop

Event Details

Start Date
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00
End Date
Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:00
National Biologics Manufacturing Centre
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Looking at Clinical and Commercial Supply Pharma Packaging Challenges, CPI invites you to take part in a workshop on smart packaging for medicines and medical devices, where you can help define the UK’s needs for innovation and shape the future of this new capability build.

The healthcare sector is in the midst of change, driven by multiple factors including longer life expectancies, a rise in chronic disease and a shift in the pharmaceutical industry towards advanced and personalised therapies. There is also an increasing number of people taking multiple medicines, putting pressure on the NHS to be able to track exactly where drugs are going and when patients are taking them. With the Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt’s target for digital-led NHS treatment by 2018, there is increasing expectation on the sector to use technology, such as smart packaging, to address these issues.

Using smart packaging would also benefit organisations such as distribution companies, who could track and monitor medicines throughout the supply chain, as well as pharmaceutical companies who could use sensors to monitor environmental conditions during storage and delivery including temperature, humidity and damage, to ensure that medicines are effective when they reach the patient. Smart packaging for medicines could feature printed sensors that can also be used to help with patient compliance. This is a major issue for healthcare, because patients that do not take their medicines as prescribed not only risk their health, but also contribute to significant economic losses for healthcare providers such as the NHS in the UK

The Medicines Manufacturing Industry Partnership (MMIP), a partnership between the UK government and industry, has endorsed the creation of a national centre of excellence in packaging for medicines. This centre will support the development of the next generation of packaging technology and the associated smart devices required for new and novel medicines, including specialist packaging needed throughout the manufacturing supply chain. The proposed world-class centre of excellence would allow medicine manufacturing and medical technology companies to build their niche capabilities and differentiate themselves in the global marketplace, securing activity and creating jobs in the region.

This workshop will explore the innovation challenges for the pharmaceuticals packaging from a pharma industry point of view and will also be looking at how these innovations will help supply chains and ultimately patients. Give your input to the innovation plan, let us understand your challenges and how technology and innovation can help. The workshop will also give you the opportunity to meet like-minded people and companies and provide valuable networking opportunities.

This project is led by CPI and aims to catalyse the needs of innovation in the smart packaging of medicines and medical devices leading to the creation of an innovation capability. Two further workshops will take place to capture the views of innovative businesses in relevant industries.

The workshop will cover:

  • Changing requirements on clinical and commercial product supply chains
  • Smart labels for clinical and commercial product supply chains as a potential solution
  • Integration of printable electronics into injection molded polymers/​plastics
  • Other electronic innovations including sensing 
  • Innovation drivers
  • Innovation infrastructure requirements 
  • The need for a center of excellence in smart packaging for clinical and commercial supply of pharma packaging.