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INTERPHEX Announces 2018 Exhibitor Award Winners


NEW YORK, NY; April 17, 2018 - International Pharmaceutical Expo (INTERPHEX), the premier event dedicated to pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovation, technology, and knowledge from development through commercialization, today announced the 2018 INTERPHEX Exhibitor Award winners. The awards, sponsored by Pharmaceutical Processing, the leading source of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing news, were awarded in six categories: Best in Show, Best New Product/Service, Editor’s Choice, Best Technological Innovation, Efficiency Champion, and Biotech Innovation.

“The INTERPHEX Exhibitor Awards were introduced to recognize and reward outstanding innovation and knowledge to help the industry cost-effectively develop and manufacture quality product,” said Michael Mandl, Group Vice President, INTERPHEX. “This year, more than 150 companies chose INTERPHEX to launch new technologies. Thank you to the large number of exhibitors who submitted their technology, product, or service for consideration. Congratulations to the winning exhibitors, and make sure you stop by their booth to discover cutting-edge innovation.”

Mandl continued: “A special thank you to Joyceann Garippa, Head Judge and Editorial Director of Pharmaceutical Processing, and members of the judging panel, including David Hall, Vice President of Sales, Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), Christa Myers, Associate/Senior Pharmaceutical Engineering Specialist, CRB and Barry Holtz, Principal, Holtz Biopharma Consulting.”

On behalf of INTERPHEX and Pharmaceutical Processing, the judging panel is pleased to announce this year’s winners.

Best in Show: Varnx Pharmasystems – Microcell Vial Filler, Booth #3805

A completely robotic aseptic filling machine built within gloveless isolators, creating a highly repeatable filling process for complex drug products. The Microcell is designed for drug development, early clinical trial supply production, and manufacturing of autologous cell therapies, gene therapies, immuno-oncology products, and other personalized medicines. Depending on the batch size, the Microcell can produce at least 4 autologous therapies in an 8-hour shift and as many as 8 with a batch size of 100 units or less.

About the Award: The Best in Show Award recognizes accomplishments and display in the use of knowledge, innovation, and state-of-the-art technologies to achieve extraordinary levels of quality, production goals, and objectives—ultimately transforming critical and affordable life-enhancing ideas to finished drug products.

Best New Product/Service: Nymi – Nymi Authentication Solution, Booth #1373
The Nymi Authentication Solution features a brand new multi-factor authenticator called the Nymi Band™, a biometrically authenticated wearable that simplifies log attempts across the manufacturing process, from raw material R&D through to finalizing batches to be shipped out to end users. Due to the Nymi Band being faster at logging actions into the system, there is an efficiency gain across the board. Higher security and adherence to regulatory and more savings through an increase in efficiency.

About the Award: The Best New Product/Service Award is given to the exhibitor that encourages, develops, and features the very best in new products or services showcasing knowledge, innovation, and state-of-the-art technologies leading to significant business, economic, or manufacturing benefits for the pharma and bio industries.

Editor’s Choice (sponsored by Pharmaceutical Processing): LifeAire Systems – The LifeAire System, Booth #1575
This patented, multi-staged, in-duct air purification system designed for the needs of cleanroom, living cell culture, and clinical environments, are ideal for the manufacture of pharmaceutical and biotech intermediates and end products requiring highly-controlled production and testing where sensitivity to ambient air is a factor. It involves a comprehensive removal of chemical and biological airborne pathogens and toxic levels of VOCs and viable particulates present in the processing space not addressed with current GMP and ISO metrics.

About the Award: The Editor of Pharmaceutical Processing awards the Editor’s Choice Award, which is based upon her view of the best in exhibiting in Knowledge, Innovation, and Technologies within the pharma and biopharma industries.

Best Technologies Innovation: MilliporeSigma – Millistak+® HC Pro, Booth #2841
This Portfolio is a “next generation” technology that delivers higher productivity, increased speed, and reduced risk. Biopharma manufacturers have the choice to eliminate naturally-derived components from their bioprocess clarification train and can now use a depth filter with reduced total organic carbon (TOC) extractables that enables a 50 percent reduction in pre-use flush volumes and eliminates a possible source of beta glucans, which can interfere with Limulus Amebocyte Lysate (LAL) endotoxin assays. Lot-to-lot consistency helps biopharmaceutical manufacturers design a more robust clarification process.

About the Award: The Best Technologies Innovation Award recognizes cutting-edge technologies, either new technologies or a novel implementation of existing technologies that have the potential to change the way pharma/bio companies operate.

INTERPHEX Efficiency Champion: Steris Life Sciences – Steris VHP DC-A, Booth #3121
Steris VHP DC-A is a new generation of vaporized hydrogen peroxide decontamination chambers for transfer of materials, components, and material bags into aseptic manufacturing cleanroom areas. The new product decontaminates surfaces of transfer material loads under room temperature and atmospheric conditions and minimizes particulate burden effectively that would otherwise transfer to the cleanroom side along with the unloading.

About the Award: The INTERPHEX Efficiency Champion Award is given to an exhibitor whose product or service understands the need for integrated efficiencies in processes and supports the fast pace of the pharma/bio industry—whether in research, development, or commercial-scale production.

Biotech Innovation: groninger USA – FlexPro50,Booth #3611
This manual or fully loaded automated modular filling and closing system offers maximum process safety in aseptic fill/finish reducing the risk at human intervention. Ready-to-Use vials, cartridges, and syringes can be processed on one line configuration by changing format parts; additional flexibility is given by exchanging the machine trolleys to process vials in trays or in bulk in the same line configuration. Hand gloves on front and back of the main and add-on isolators allow machine access from both sides. A new Direct-Injection-System reduces the decontamination cycle by 50 percent. The line can be changed to process different products in two hours.

About the Award: The Biotech Innovation Award acknowledges an exhibitor’s innovative application to a given product or service that not only addresses an industry need, but does so in such a way as to exceed previous standards or applications—thereby making the given process simpler, smoother, or easier to navigate.

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About Pharmaceutical Processing
Since 1984 Pharmaceutical Processing has provided industry professionals with news and information on the cutting-edge technologies and services for the pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical, nutraceutical, and medical device markets. Pharmaceutical Processing engages pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical manufacturing professionals daily, weekly, and monthly with relevant industry news and technology solutions that solve critical issues, delivering it in the formats that meet their business and professional needs. From formulation to manufacturing to packaging, Pharmaceutical Processing provides comprehensive coverage on the latest technologies and best practices being used in today’s marketplace. Pharmaceutical Processing reaches more than 28,000 direct request publication subscribers, 24,000 e-newsletter recipients daily, and more than 40,000 unique website visitors monthly. To learn more, visit:

For the past 39 years, INTERPHEX has been, and continues to be, the premier pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and device development and manufacturing event where you can “Experience Science through Commercialization”. Sponsored by the Parenteral Drug Association (PDA), the event is based in New York and brings over 10,500 global industry professionals and 620+ industry leading suppliers together to “Learn it, Experience it, Procure it” through a unique combination of no cost technical conference, exhibits, demonstrations, roundtables, partnering opportunities and networking to leverage quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness in today’s ever-changing global market. INTERPHEX offers annual domestic and international industry events and educational opportunities around the world. FormulationX and foundation sponsored by Elsevier, Dow Chemical, Colorcon and Marcor Development will launch at the 2018 event to increase the presence on drug substance. INTERPHEX and FormulationX together, offer the very latest intelligence, cutting-edge technologies and state-of-the-art innovation throughout the product development life cycle. Follow INTERPHEX on Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, and TwitterIPX Blog continues the learning beyond the show floor. For more information, visit


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