Interphex Stands Test of Time (and Economy)

Despite a tough economy, few question the value of attending Interphex, and this year’s show promises to be as good as ever.

By Paul Thomas, Senior Editor

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Let’s be honest. This is not a good year for trade show attendance. The state of the economy has most companies reconsidering their travel and event budgets, and all over the pharmaceutical world the question is being asked: Do we really need to attend this show?

As the annual Interphex show returns to expensive New York City—March 17-19 at the Jacob Javits Center—the question is relevant. But Interphex veterans know the show’s real worth. “Interphex is an invaluable forum to discuss critical industry issues and learn about forthcoming trends and directions,” says Ian Sellick, director of marketing, Pall Life Sciences. “The show provides us with our best opportunity to showcase the initiatives we have developed to address industry challenges. New York City has proven to be an excellent venue for Interphex, helping us meet more people who are globally responsible for scientific innovation and who are helping advance patient care.”

For those who say money is an issue, the argument can be made that attending Interphex makes sense because of the economy. More than ever, exhibitors will be peddling cost- and time-saving equipment and solutions, and educational tracks feature sessions devoted to improving processes and efficienciency in all manufacturing endeavors. There’s an entire track on Sustainable Practices, which includes presentations on: “A Risk-Based Approach to Energy Savings in Pharmaceutical Facilities”; “Costs and Benefits of Implementing a Sustainable Energy Program”; “Cut Costs, Reduce Risk, and Protect the Environment: What Leading Companies are Doing” (jointly presented by Energy Star, Schering-Plough, and Pfizer); and “Sustainable IT Processes in a Virtualized World.”

A few of the “economic” highlights from other tracks:

  • “Building an Error Prevention Culture,” by Michael Curran-Hayes of Kepner-Tregoe
  • “Advances in Bioreactor Modeling and Control,” by Greg McMillan of Emerson Process Management
  • “Equipment Lifecycle Management: Cost Effective and Compliant Maintenance for Qualified Equipment,” by Jason Price of Management Resources Group
  • “Building and Tailoring a Lean Six Sigma Approach for Validation Processes,” by Bikash Chatterjee of Pharmatech Associates
  • “Case Study: Schering-Plough Global Clinical Supply Facility”
  • Multiple sessions on the use of single-use equipment and materials in biopharma

Any of the above tracks and sessions—and the many others taking place at this year’s Interphex—could be seen as money-saving opportunities. Knowledge is always a bargain.

Who’ll Be There

Below are some of the companies headlining this year’s Interphex show, and what they’ll be featuring. For additional information visit our Interphex 2009 Portal.

A&B Process Systems Booth #1928
A&B is a proven leader in the design, fabrication, automation, testing and installation of high-quality stainless steel process skids/super skids, tanks, auxiliary equipment and piping systems. A&B has over 250,000 square feet of manufacturing capacity including its controlled environment facility that prevents the contamination of high purity tanks & systems.

ABB Booth #2310
ABB will showcase its Industrial IT eXtended PAT (process analytical technology) software. The latest generation of ABB’s PAT solutions, xPAT provides simplified engineering and streamlined integration with enterprise systems, as well as broad connectivity to a host of analyzers to help customers achieve continuous process improvement, real-time product release and Quality by Design. (QbD).

xPAT combines process data collection and analysis with traditional process control and data management functions to produce a complete PAT solution in a single system. The product is standalone, designed for use with any process automation solution, including System 800xA, as well as non-ABB DCS systems. Its integration capability provides expanded modeling functionality with modeling tools at the analyzer, unit operation and process levels, including support for batch modeling and integration of the Umetrics SBOL (SIMCA-Batch On-Line) batch monitoring tool.

AES Clean Technology Booth #2928
Specializes in the design/build of cGMP Cleanrooms and is the exclusive US manufacturer and distributor of the AES Pharma Wall and Walk-On Ceiling System. Products feature laminar flow modules, weigh/dispense booths, air showers, modular cleanrooms, turnkey HVAC systems, process services and third-party certification/validation services.

ATMI Life Sciences Booth #1373 and #1357
ATMI provides a range of proprietary disposable mixing, storage, powder transfer, packaging and bioreactor technology solutions that maximize product integrity while optimizing manufacturing cost. ATMI will introduce: NUCLEO, its next generation of disposable, scalable, bioreactors, developed for a wide range of cell culture applications. The Nucleo and ATMI’s entire Disposable Mixing System product line will be featured at booth #1357.
Also shown: Newmix-Levtech disposable mixing and storage systems; Newsafe disposable containment systems, and Newform ultraclean sterilizable flexible packaging.

ATS Automation Tooling Systems Booth #2841
ATS Automation Tooling Systems provides innovative, custom-designed, built and installed manufacturing solutions to many pharmaceutical companies. ATS also contract manufactures electro-mechanical components and machinery for global customers in the healthcare and other industries.

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