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Facility of the Year Awards: Real Innovation at Last

hoffman.jpgReaders of PharmTech may have noticed that I’ve been concerned about innovation in the pharmaceutical industry and somewhat despairing of the state of early-stage drug discovery work. So you can imagine my thrill–and relief–yesterday when I had a chance to meet the finalists for the “Facility of the Year Awards” (FOYA), sponsored by ISPE, INTERPHEX, and Pharmaceutical Processing magazine, and learned of the truly amazing solutions that engineers are implementing to current industry problems. Among those problems, two stood out in particular: the need to get a plant built and online quickly, and the need for flexible designs in plants engineered to manufacture multiple products and–even more impressive–product classes.

In the first category, speedy, design and manufacture, engineers who designed and built Pfizer’s plant in in Illertissen, Germany, and those who managed the project for Roche’s new facility in Basel, Switzerland, completed their projects four to six months ahead of schedule and remained under budget. Pfizer’s plant is almost totally automated, and requires only two human operators per shift, earning the plant’s engineering team the award for process innovation. The Roche project was completed in record time, earning its project manager the award for project execution. Read more »

Don’t Argue with Steven Burrill about the Cost of Wellness

hoffman.jpgSteven Burrill, head of one of biotech’s earliest and largest sources of venture capital, shared his vision of the healthcare landscape in the future in his keynote address, entitled, “Biotech 2008: A 20/20 Vision to 2020.” Pointing out that US consumers spend some $200 billion each year on wellness products, without having a single penny of that reimbursed, Burrill intoned, “Don’t ever argue with me that we’re not willing to spend money on wellness.”

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Welcome to PharmTech’s INTERPHEX Blog

hoffman.jpgINTERPHEX for our industry is like the Academy Awards to the movie business or the Detroit Car Show to the automotive industry. It’s an event that manufacturers and industry experts plan for all year. We at Pharmaceutical Technology are no different. We produce a special issue that includes a foretaste of the exhibitions and conferences one can expect to see, and we do a wrap-up both in print and online following the conference.

But those reviews cannot possibly capture the sensation of being at the event itself—no more than Read more »

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