Pharma Award Finalists for CPHI Barcelona Have Been Announced

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In the Lab eNewsletter, Pharmaceutical Technology's In the Lab eNewsletter, October 2023, Volume 18, Issue 10

The finalists for this year’s CPHI Barcelona Pharma Awards span 12 categories with awards ranging from accelerating innovations through to improved sustainability and best start-up initiative.

On Sept. 15, 2023, CPHI Barcelona announced the finalists for the 2023 CPHI Pharma Awards. The awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 24, 2023, the opening day of CPHI Barcelona, the world’s largest pharma event, at the Fiera Barcelona.

According to an event press release, the shortlist of finalists was narrowed down from more than 180 entries across 12 categories that cover innovations across the full pharmaceutical supply chain. The finalists featured include many of the pharma industry’s biggest names and breakthrough companies.

The 2023 awards mark the 20th anniversary of the CPHI Pharma Awards, which began in 2004. These awards have traditionally celebrated pharma’s brightest individuals and companies, and winners have been selected for their contributions to driving the industry forward through people, products, and performance. This year’s edition has introduced three new categories to reflect the wave of current innovation that has engulfed the industry, according to the press release.

The 2023 finalists include companies that led by example in sustainable manufacturing and manufacturers and innovators that developed new technologies to advance drug discovery, development, and manufacturing, as well as honoring transformational digital solutions of the future and philanthropic initiatives. The “CEO of the Year” category will celebrate this year’s most exemplary leader.

Each entry was extensively evaluated by an expert panel comprising individuals who collectively bring decades of expertise from big pharma, consultancy, regulatory, market intelligence, and academia.

The 2023 shortlist of finalists is as follows.

Category: Accelerating Innovation

  • Aurorium: Detergent-free membrane protein solubilization agents
  • Azbil Telstar SL: Sublime
  • CurifyLabs Oy:The MiniLab: 3D printing personalized medicines service platform for pharmacies
  • Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.: Novel in-silico digital tools for reduction of clinical studies & product development timelines
  • KBI Biopharma: PUREcoli (part of PUREplatform solution)
  • Kepler Healthcare PVT Ltd.: Bi-folate syrup
  • Micropore Technologies Ltd.: Pathfinder
  • Quantoom Bioscience: Nfinity Platform
  • React4Life: MIVO technology
  • Single Use Support: RoSS.PADL–homogenizing solution
  • SK pharmteco: “A modular platform for rapid and flexible Continuous Manufacturing of APIs under cGMP [current good manufacturing practice].”

Category: API Development

  • Catalent: UpTempo AAV Platform Process
  • Cromaoak: Multifrequency liquid chromatography
  • IOL Chemicals and Pharmaceuticals Limited: Sitagliptin phosphate monohydrate
  • Merck: ChetoSensar novel solubilization technology for hydrophobic antibody drug conjugates
  • Snapdragon Chemistry, a Cambrex company: Axial Chirality in the Sotorasib Drug Substance: Leveraging a High-Temperature Thermal Racemization to Recycle the Classical Resolution Waste Stream
  • Symbio Generrics India Pvt Ltd.: EcoPrimeAPI: Revolutionizing sustainability, scalability, and commercialization through green chemistry development in API.

Category: At the Heart of Pharma

  • Accord Healthcare Ltd.: Working Together to Make it Better; Driving Healthcare Equity
  • Eurolab (Pty) Ltd.: Eurolab (Pty) Ltd – Health Equity Initiatives
  • Merck KGaA: Embracing Carers
  • Zentiva: Supplying Ibuflam Suspension 40 mg/mL to the German market in crisis situation

Category: CEO of the Year

  • Eurolab (Pty) Ltd.: Lynne du Toit
  • Procos S.P.A.: Enrico Zodio
  • Adalvo: Anil Okay
  • Lambda Therapeutic Research Ltd.: Bindi Chudgar
  • CNX Therapeutics: Guy Clark

Category: Drug Delivery & Device

  • Adalvo: Drug delivery & device Innovation for: fentanyl; dalbavancin RTU (ready to use); lisdexamfetamine oral solution; pregabalin; rosuvastatin/candesartan; ambrisentan/tadalafil
  • Amaterasu Lifesciences LLP: SiDMI–single dose anti-malaria injection
  • ApiJEct Systems: ApiJect prefilled injector
  • Ashland: klucel xtend HPC
  • Inoviem Scientific: NPOT technology
  • Lonza: Capsugel Enprotect enteric drug delivery
  • Medicsen: Sonophoresis Smartpatch for needle-free drug delivery
  • MedPharm: MedCast
  • PA Consulting: ARinject
  • West Pharmaceutical Services: The FluroTec 5–10mL Cartridge Plunger, the 13mm NovaPure Ready to Use Stopper & the Flip-Off CCS Seal combined offering to support large volume injection.

Category: Finished Formulation

  • Adalvo: Lisdexamfetamine oral solution, nitrofurantoin, dalbavancin RTU (ready to use); fentanyl; rosuvastatin/candesartan; ambrisentan/tadalafil; semaglutide
  • Halewood Laboratories PVT Ltd.: ORS with postbiotic with zinc
  • Kepler Healthcare Pvt Ltd.: Bi-folate syrup
  • Lubrizol Life Science Health: Apisolex Polymer
  • MedPharm: MedSpray Patch-in-Can Aerosol Technology
  • Nanoform: Nanoform’s nanoamorphous to nanocrystalline platform
  • PharmExtracta S.p.A.: Crispact
  • ProBiotix Health Plc: CholBiome CH–cholesterol-reducing food supplement
  • Roquette: PEARLITOL 200 GT–mannitol
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific: Development of an orally delivered large-molecule biologic for clinical trials
  • Zentiva: Daruph–dasatinib, company’s first value-added medicine, which is a lifesaving oncology treatment indicated to cure chronic myeloid leukemia and acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Category: Manufacturing Excellence

  • Dr. Reddy's Laboratories Ltd.: Dr. Reddy’s digital journey to keep medicines affordable
  • FabRx: FabRx's M3DIMAKER pharmaceutical 3D printer series
  • Honeywell Process Solutions: Honeywell Manufacturing Excellence platform
  • Hovione: iSDX–a fully automated, scale representative laboratorial spray dryer
  • Luminary Therapeutics, Inc.: Gamma 2.0 +
  • Nanoform: Globally unique high-potency nanoparticle GMP production site
  • Piramal Pharma Solutions: Throughput Improvement in peptide API manufacturing
  • SmartSkin Technologies: SmartSkin pressure and seal tightness drones.

Category: Packaging

  • Bilcare Limited: Elite PVC-free compact barrier coldform blister
  • Gasporox AB: AutoMAP Pharma
  • IMA S.p.A.: Croma, continuous tablet coater
  • Körber Pharma Packaging Materials: Rapid test made out of cardboard
  • Rotor Print: Recyclable blister: PET 100%
  • Syntegon Technology GmbH: Versynta microBatch.

Category: Regulatory

  • DDReg Pharma Pvt. Ltd.: Technology-enabled regulatory services through Vitalic
  • Eurolab (Pty) Ltd.: Eurolabs Exemplary Regulatory and Compliance Practices in Expanding Access to Affordable Oncology Products in Africa
  • Famar: Famar Integrated System of Flash Audits: Innovation in auditing
  • Lambda Therapeutic Research Ltd.: Enhancing Compliance & Data Generation in Clinical Trials through Advanced Software Solutions and EDC Platform
  • Loftware: Loftware Spectrum for Medical Device
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Group: The LSG (Life Science Grade) Portfolio—A thermoplastic stock shapes product portfolio for bioprocessing and medical applications.

Category: Start-Up Initiative

  • Bionter: Bionter EVE the particle counter
  • Capa Valve Ltd.: Capa Valve
  • Cellexus International Ltd.: The CellMaker
  • Congruence Medical Solutions, LLC: High Dose Autoinjector with Injection Pause
  • CUBICStars, Inc.: CUBIC CRO Service
  • Dr. Ferrer Biopharma: GentleMist Technology
  • IamFluidics B.V.: Revolutionizing microencapsulation with in-air microfluidics technology for next-generation sustainable healthcare solutions
  • InSyBio: InSyBio Suite
  • Phiogen: Bacteriophage Therapy
  • Sonohaler Aps: Sono One, Sono Vx
  • Zerion Pharma A/S: Dispersome

Category: Supply Chain Excellence

  • ACI Group: SCM software tool for pharma distribution
  • Authena AG: Authena L1VE 2.0
  • Catalent: Case management services for cell/gene therapies
  • Cipla: Digital innovation at cipla global supply chain
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific: mySupply Platform.

Category: Sustainability

  • Aptar Pharma: APF Futurity—first metal-free, highly recyclable spray pump
  • Bachem AG: Multi-column countercurrent solvent gradient purification (MCSGP) for large-scale GMP purification of peptide and oligonucleotide APIs
  • Bormioli Pharma: 100% Recycled PET bottle for Eludril
  • Corning, Incorporated: Corning Viridian Vials
  • dsm-firmenich: Sustainability Imp'Act Card
  • Famar: Famar's Green Holistic Approach
  • Rotor Print: Recyclable blister: PET 100%
  • Schneider Electric: Energize: A Program to Increase Access to Renewable Energy for Pharmaceutical Supply Chains
  • Seqens: Innovative and sustainable paracetamol production process
  • SUANFARMA: Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Teva API: Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Reduction.

The winners will be unveiled at a networking reception in Hall Botanica (East Entrance, next to Hall 3), Fira Barcelona Gran Via. The reception is invite-only for VIPs, nominees, and senior stakeholders.

Source: CPHI Barcelona