Pharmapack 2024 was a captivating blend of innovation, collaboration, and foresight, offering the attendees a profound insight into the evolving landscape of the pharmaceutical industry.

It was fantastic to see new breakthroughs and state-of-the-art devices in person, whilst discussing the pros and cons of the advancements in technology with our like-minded peers. Amidst the technological advancements and dynamic regulatory changes, the event served as a platform for bringing together professionals seeking to navigate the complexities of the industry. With stakeholders, clients, and suppliers from across the industry coming together to exchange ideas and forge strategic partnerships. There were plenty of networking opportunities, having fruitful discussions on emerging trends, regulatory compliance, and market dynamics. It was an excellent opportunity to foster relationships and explore potential collaborations, collectively committing to driving innovation and addressing shared challenges.

One of the most striking themes of the conference was the emphasis on sustainability and eco-conscious packaging solutions. With the global call for environmental stewardship growing louder, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly integrating sustainable practices into their operations. The conference opened our eyes to a myriad of eco-friendly packaging alternatives, ranging from biodegradable materials to innovative recycling initiatives. There was an overreaching emphasis on the importance of reducing carbon footprints and minimizing plastic waste, signaling a pivotal shift towards greener practices in the sector.

Following the sustainability trend, we showcased several recent projects and capability demonstrators ranging from injection trainer devices, sustainably focused inhalation devices, and a mobile digital catheter monitoring device.

A core philosophy of Haughton Design is responsibly accelerating medical device development. What we mean by this is ensuring that we have considered all aspects of design efficacy and safety throughout the devices’ entire life cycle.

To showcase some of the new and novel ways of thinking, we’ve recently explored the sustainability options available to the Pharmaceutical and CDMO industry, in terms of “how can we make inhalers more sustainable?”.

One concept that we unveiled at PharmaPack was our Paper Inhaler, a single-use dry powder inhaler made entirely out of paper. There was a great deal of interest into this concept, and while it’s just a capability demonstrator and not a device we’re looking to commercialise, it was a very interesting conversation topic to visitors at our stand and made people think twice about design for people and the planet.

Our second, and showcase product unveiled was EcoHale – a sustainable pMDI. EcoHale eliminates approximately 80% of the annual plastic waste associated with pMDIs, not to mention the substantial reduction in packaging, storage, and transport to further reduce both carbon footprint and cost. Despite these significant advances, there is no user re-training required, or significant change to existing canister manufacturing methods. Find out more about EcoHale here.

HD has a close-knit team of technical specialists that we work with and this year we had core members of our design and leadership team as well as Lewis Thom and Jonny Matthews covering electronics & software, and Mike Heald discussing regulations.

 

As the industry continues to evolve in response to technological advancements and shifting patient expectations, events such as Pharmapack play a pivotal role in driving progress and shaping the future of healthcare delivery.

We look forward to seeing you all in Paris next year!

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