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INTERPHEX 2015 Showcases Future of Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Manufacturing Innovation in New York City

By Business Wire News   


International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX), the premier pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical event dedicated to innovation, technology and knowledge, sponsored by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), today announced that its 2015 event was lauded by attendees and exhibitors as a resounding success. Attendees gathered to see firsthand more than 1,200 exhibiting brands and new cutting-edge educational programming provided at the PDA Learning Center and the INTERPHEX Connects Innovation Stages. INTERPHEX 2015, held April 21-23 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City, drew 14 percent more pharmaceutical engineering professionals over the previous year.

Key Themes Demonstrated at INTERPHEX 2015

Paul Knight, analyst and managing director of Life Sciences Technology for investment firm Janney Montgomery Scott LLC, noted that single-use systems and biotherapeutics were hot topics at INTERPHEX 2015. “This year’s INTERPHEX was one of the highest levels of activity I’ve seen in a decade,” he said. “Single-use technology is transforming the industry, and the resurgence in biotechnology capital raising and stronger pharmaceutical spending will provide a decade of faster growth for the industry.”

While multi-use stainless steel has long been the standard for material containment in pharmaceutical production, single-use technology such as disposable liner systems are on the rise as processors look to take advantage of cost and time savings, and reduce the issues of cross contamination. At INTERPHEX 2015, exhibitors such as Thermo Fisher Scientific, EMD Millipore and Pall Life Sciences showcased a number of single-use and flexible facilities technologies at their respective booths.

Oral solid dosage (OSD) forms continue to be a common and convenient method of drug delivery. On the pharmaceutical manufacturing front, Fette Compacting showcased its new FE75 double-sided rotary press that can produce more than 1.6 million tablets per hour. At INTERPHEX 2015, the company’s FE series of tablet presses were showcased together for the first time in North America. KORSCH America also launched the XT600 high-speed double rotary press, offering a new standard in high-volume production, while L. B. Bohle showcased a fleet of tablet coaters from laboratory through pilot to production scale.

Other themes underscored at INTERPHEX 2015 included modular aseptic barrier isolation, which was shown by SKAN US, as well as biotherapeutics from Thermo Fisher Scientific, EMD Millipore, GE Healthcare Life Sciences and Repligen.

“INTERPHEX 2015 was our largest exhibition of new technology to date,” said Ed Several, Senior Vice President and General Manager, INTERPHEX. “This year’s INTERPHEX event continued the tradition of bringing together key industry leaders to share knowledge, innovation and experiences to maximize efficiency, enhance product quality, ensure compliance and improve the quality of, and access to, key therapeutic indications worldwide. INTERPHEX 2015 was a tremendous success, and we look forward to an even bigger and better show in 2016.”

IPS-Led Technologies Tours

IPS, in partnership with Pharmaceutical Processing, hosted a number of Technology Tours during INTERPHEX for the fifth consecutive year. INTERPHEX 2015 provided IPS with a unique venue to show its customers firsthand the latest technologies and equipment that can improve their operations. “INTERPHEX gave us an opportunity to meet with many of our pharmaceutical clients in one location, saving us four weeks of travel time,” said Sterling Kline, Vice President of IPS (Integrated Project Services). “INTERPHEX continues to be the best and most important conference in North America for pharmaceutical manufacturing.”

The following are additional key highlights from INTERPHEX 2015:

  • INTERPHEX expanded its show footprint to accommodate a considerable increase in cutting-edge technologies, products and value-added services to be showcased at the 2015 event. More than 30 leading technology suppliers decided to expand their exhibit space and bring more, new technology and equipment to the show floor.
  • SKAN US, Inc., a subsidiary of SKAN AG Switzerland and the world’s largest provider of isolator technology, showcased its flexible Pharmaceutical Safety Isolator L-Flange System (PSI-L) at INTERPHEX. “We made a significant investment in the size of our exhibition space for INTERPHEX 2015 and couldn’t be more pleased,” said Larry Cabeceiras, President, SKAN US. “Traffic at our booth was non-stop during the first two days as many attendees participated in our first-ever SKAN Engineering Olympics, which was the brainchild of Jim Spolyar, the original founder of SKAN US. This year’s event was the best INTERPHEX we have ever experienced at SKAN!”
  • New for 2015, INTERPHEX Live was presented right on the show floor and enabled industry professionals to gain valuable insights on a variety of topics such as modularity, biosimilars, cold chain management, terminal sterilization and more. Both attendees and exhibitors had the opportunity to view 22 presentations and panels live on the show floor studio, broadcast throughout the show floor and recorded for “on-demand” viewing post-event.
  • The first-ever Fraser Advanced Information Systems 3D Printing Pavilion introduced INTERPHEX attendees to 3D printing equipment, materials and applications that leverage this emerging business model for the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industries. The Pavilion featured speakers and exhibitors discussing and demonstrating current 3D printing capabilities and applications for improving drug development, commercialization and processing.

Inaugural INTERPHEX Exhibitor Awards

In conjunction with Pharmaceutical Processing, INTERPHEX announced winners of the first-ever Exhibitor Awards, which recognized cutting-edge technologies and value-added solutions for biopharmaceutical development and manufacturing companies.

Pall Life Sciences was named ‘Best in Show’ for its single-pass tangential flow filtration (SPTFF) technology. “INTERPHEX 2015 was a great show for Pall Life Sciences. Not only were we extremely honored to be recognized as Best in Show at the inaugural INTERPHEX awards for our Cadence® InLine Concentrator, but we have also experienced strong traffic at our booth throughout the event, receiving very positive feedback from attendees,” said Michael Egholm, President of Biopharmaceuticals at Pall Life Sciences. “We are thrilled that Pall’s comprehensive portfolio of bioprocess enabling technology resonates so strongly within the industry. With the addition of BioSMB and emerging opportunities for continuous processing, our team is coming away from the event even more inspired to innovate solutions that solve problems for our customers and, ultimately, the world’s patient population.”

Apprentice Field Suite took home the award for ‘Best New Product/Service’ for its three Smart Glasses apps. “Biopharma manufacturing is a complex, constantly changing business that is, in many ways, the backbone of the entire industry,” said Angelo Stracquatanio, co-founder of Apprentice Field Suite. “With biopharma companies expanding multi-product and modular facilities across the globe, we created a system for Smart Glasses to bring the skilled labor of experienced engineers to remote locations. Using augmented reality and computer vision, the Smart Glasses apps allow engineers and operators to see and fix manufacturing issues in real time without physically being on-site – reducing downtime, improving accuracy and increasing site and product safety.”

Fette Compacting received the ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ in recognition of its FE series of tablet presses. “Fette Compacting is truly honored to receive the ‘Editor’s Choice Award’ for our FE series of tablet presses,” said Matt Bundenthal, Direct Sales and Communications Manager. “We had a great turnout at our booth and attendees showed a great deal of interest in our entire FE series of tablet presses.”

G-CON Manufacturing, GEA and Pfizer were recognized as ‘Best Technologies Innovation’ for the Portable, Continuous, Miniature and Modular (PCMM) platform. “G-CON’s team very much appreciates the INTERPHEX Best Technologies Innovation award, as it underscores the technology vision and excellent work performed by the entire PCMM consortium team,” said Maik W. Jornitz, President of G-CON Manufacturing.

GE Healthcare Life Sciences was recognized as ‘Honorable Mention, Best in Show’ for the AxiChrom column platform, a revolutionary concept in column chromatography.

Save the Date for INTERPHEX Life Sciences Innovation Week and INTERPHEX 2016

Looking ahead, this year’s INTERPHEX Life Sciences Innovation Week will be held October 15-16 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and INTERPHEX 2016 will take place April 26-28 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York City.


INTERPHEX (International Pharmaceutical Expo), sponsored by Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), is the single source for complete biopharmaceutical manufacturing solutions to safely and cost-effectively process all dosage forms for life-enhancing drugs. It brings over 12,000 global pharmaceutical and biotechnology professionals together with 600+ suppliers via 300,000sf of event space through a unique combination of exhibition, education, workshops, partnering opportunities, and networking events. INTERPHEX offers annual national and international industry events and educational opportunities around the world. For more information, visit and follow INTERPHEX on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. IPX Blog continues the learning beyond the show floor and INTERPHEX Connector is the new twice-weekly email industry insight and news briefing.

Kate McCorriston, 203-807-6578


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