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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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Multi-Conveyor: Rotary tables
Machine Product Brief
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Multi-Conveyor: Rotary tables

A rotary table for pharmaceutical applications adapts to products of varying size and shape.
Could medication adherence gains be achieved as a result of our fondness for smartphones, tablets, wearables, smartwatches, and the like?
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Apps could play role in improved patient adherence

Could medication adherence gains be achieved as a result of our fondness for smartphones, tablets, wearables, smartwatches, and the like?
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
Materials Product Brief
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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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Materials Product Brief
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Constantia Flexibles: Aluminum container for pharmaceutical devices

Constantia Flexibles’ Safemax deep-drawn aluminum container for pharmaceutical devices protects pharmaceutical devices against moisture ingress during global distribution, and features a conveniently peelable lidding foil that makes it easy to open.
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FDA continues to stress manufacturing excellence

PDA/FDA Joint Regulatory Conference says global supply chain will require unprecedented cooperation.
Machine Product Brief
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Romaco: Tablet press, strip packaging for pharma products

See them at Pharma Expo, Booth #637! Available in three configurations – one each for the production of mono-layer, bi-layer and core tablets (tab-in-tab) – Romaco’s Kilian KTP 420X Tablet Press features high-speed production, easy format changeovers, and minimal product loss; the Siebler HM 1 Strip Packaging Machine is designed for heat sealing pharmaceutical solids that require protection against humidity, air, and light exposure.
ROC IT Solutions: Serialization software
Controls Product Brief
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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.

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