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Pack Expo has Leno and a whole lot more

Some 50,000 attendees eager to learn about the latest developments in packaging and processing will head to PMMI’s Pack Expo International 2014.
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FDASIA strengthens agency’s authority
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FDASIA strengthens agency’s authority

Reviewing provisions of the legislation that impact drug product inspections.
Brandon Dickerson, Proximo Spirits
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A controls perspective

Plant Engineer Brandon Dickerson of Proximo Spirits, whose North American headquarters is in Jersey City, NJ, talks about changes he’s seen lately in the controls space.
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Contemporary Graphic Solutions: Online compliance and productivity

Software services suite handles design, print, and packaging product life cycle aspects to increase efficiencies and financial savings.
Matt Reynolds joins Summit as Director of Research & Custom Media.
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New Director of Research & Custom Media at Summit

Summit Media Group has enjoyed tremendous gains in custom content, and this month Summit welcomes a new Director of Research & Custom Media to head up this expanding business unit as journalist and former chief editor Matt Reynolds joins the Chicago B2B media company in the newly created position.
Reagents driving European IVD market
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Reagents driving European IVD market

Decentralized testing, industry consolidation, increased automation in labs among the key trends.
Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024
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Smithers Pira predicts US$1.1 trillion global packaging market by 2024

Healthcare packaging and packaging for other consumer goods will remain the fastest-growing segments.
GS1 US has published a guideline that details how to implement GS1 Standards to support the 2013 Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), and enhance patient safety and security in the pharmaceutical supply chain. (This photo is for illustration purposes only.)
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Guideline delineates how to implement GS1 standards

Document provides intelligence to support pharmaceutical lot-level management and future item-level traceability requirements
Schubert-Pharma: Serialization services
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Schubert-Pharma: Serialization services

GMP-/FDA-compliant line concepts are available for all process steps, from acceptance of the primary package to ready-to-ship pallets.
FIGURE 1: Experimental set-up: Monitoring set-up in the lab showing three VisiSens detection units (cameras on the right corner) connected to a PC and software screen (a); test vial containing alginate beads in direct contact with the detector unit for CO2 monitoring (b); monitoring set-up allows detection of three parameters pH, O2 and CO2 (c).
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Immobilized plant cells: from DSMZ to the customer

VisiSens technology is used to detect metabolic activities of immobilized plant cells during simulated cell transport in a closed system.
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PMMI welcomes 29 new members

The Board of Directors of PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, welcomed 29 new PMMI member companies today.
PMMI has announced its intention to purchase Summit Media Group.
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PMMI announces intention to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc.

PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies and owner and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has entered into an agreement to purchase Summit Media Group, Inc., publisher of Packaging World, Automation World, Healthcare Packaging, and Contract Packaging.
FDA’s growing global focus faces language barriers
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FDA’s growing global focus faces language barriers

As FDA becomes more globally focused, drug complaints and adverse event reporting pose “cultural” challenges, as do inspections.
PDA developing Technical Report on drug shortages
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PDA developing Technical Report on drug shortages

Parenteral Drug Assn. expects to publish report on the prevention and management of drug shortages by early 2015.
Nolato Medical: Braille printing developed for plastic pharmaceutical packaging
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Nolato Medical: Braille printing developed for plastic pharmaceutical packaging

Nolato Medical Pharma Packaging now has the ability to print Braille directly onto plastic containers.
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Healthcare Packaging Publisher Jim Chrzan.
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FDA continues to stress manufacturing excellence

PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference says global supply chain will require unprecedented cooperation.
ROC IT Solutions: Serialization software
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ROC IT Solutions: Serialization software

A Print, Apply, and Verify module offers low-cost serialization and fast implementation in pharmaceutical packing operations.
Onset: Temperature data logger
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Onset: Temperature data logger

HOBO MX1101 transmits temperature and relative humidity data to mobile devices via Bluetooth Smart.

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