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Acting director of National Cancer Institute named

The doctor received the National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama last year.
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The Heinz-Kraft merger from a packaging perspective

Heinz 57 would be an underestimation of the number of issues facing the company resulting from its merger with Kraft Foods.
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AIP/IoPP partnership elevates CPP certification

The Certified Packaging Professional designation will become the leading mark of excellence internationally and a must-have recognition of industry proficiency and achievement for packaging professionals under a new partnership announced by the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP) in the U.S. and the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP).
Syringes
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Pharmapack Europe covered lots of ground

Exclusive coverage fom Pharmapack Europe includes strategies for handling injectables, updates on new regs for med devices, and a look at the challenges of veterinary drugs.
Figure 1: Equipment Hygiene LeveL DecIsion Tree for Low-Moisture Food
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How to optimize sanitary machine design

The Alliance for Innovation and Operational Excellence, founded by PMMI in 2011, recently released ‘ONE VOICE for Hygienic Equipment Design for Low-Moisture Foods.’
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FDA issues guidance for repackaging

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Feb. 2015 Guidance for Industry titled, “Repackaging of Certain Human Drug Products by Pharmacies and Outsourcing Facilities,” that is being distributed for comment purposes only.
Eric Greenberg
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Regulators have a range of approaches

What is the best way for a state to assure that people drive safely?
Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder
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Sanofi launches Afrezza inhalable insulin for diabetes treatment

Global healthcare company Sanofi and biopharma-ceutical company MannKind Corp. announced that Afrezza (insulin human) Inhalation Powder is now available by prescription in U.S. retail pharmacies nationwide.
Don't miss the PackML Workshop at The Automation Conference 2015.
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Half-day workshop on PackML at The Automation Conference

The Organization for Machine Automation and Control (OMAC), in partnership with The Automation Conference 2015, is presenting a half-day workshop on implementing PackML to increase productivity.
Registration is open for the largest PACK EXPO Las Vegas ever.
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PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2015 Features Largest-Ever Show Floor

Registration opens for 2015’s largest processing and packaging event in North America and the Las Vegas debut of the co-located Pharma EXPO.
Heinz Kraft merger
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H.J. Heinz and Kraft Foods to form The Kraft Heinz Company

The merger will create the world’s fifth-largest food and beverage company and will combine eight $1+ billion brands and five brands between $500 million and $1 billion.
RPCs
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Guidelines, best practices for food safety of RPCs issued

A working group of the Reusable Packaging Assn. develops recommendations for retailers, growers, and providers of RPCs to strengthen food safety around RPCs.
Novel approach to MAP adds easy opening to the mix.
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MAP, HPP, shaped cans, and a digital breakthrough all on display at Anuga FoodTec

Among the biggest news announced on day two of Anuga FoodTec is that PMMI has entered into an agreement to co-produce a new U.S.-based trade show with Koelnmesse GmbH, the producer of Anuga FoodTec.
MEDEA Vodka
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A vodka bottle as instant messaging system?

MEDEA adds functionality to its LED-enabled vodka bottle, coupling it with Bluetooth technology and a proprietary app that lets users set and display scrolling messages remotely.
Bob Sperber, Editor, Contract Packaging
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Loophole closes on dimensional weight pricing

Have you taken a close look at your cartons, cases and shippers lately?
PMMI and Koelnmesse GMbH join forces for new U.S. show.
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PMMI and Koelnmesse Announce New U.S. Processing & Packaging Show

The torchbearer in North American processing and packaging trade shows joins forces with the leading producer of nutrition-related trade fairs in Europe and Asia for a new U.S. event.
Attendees filled the aisles at EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015.
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A successful second EXPO PACK Guadalajara

The sequel surpassed the success of the 2013 original with more attendees and a larger exposition.
Global Data forecast sees significant U.S. pharmaceutical market growth
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Forecast sees significant U.S. pharmaceutical market growth

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, faster FDA product approvals, and millions of previously uninsured people potentially entering the patient pool expected to help drive future pharmaceutical growth.

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