What to Expect at Interphex 2007

March 5, 2007
Manhattan in the spring, a bustling show floor and thought-provoking educational sessions provide all the reason anyone should need to attend this year’s event

Editor's Note: This is the "enhanced version" of this article, containing information on Interphex, exhibitors and their products, and things to do in New York that we didn't have space for in the magazine. Vive l'Internet!

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In our current business climate, in which productivity is the pinnacle and maximizing value to the shareholders is the mantra, it is fitting that Interphex continues to expand in size and scope each year. This year, Interphex is co-located with PharmaMedDevice, a show that aims to “fully illuminate the future of the medical device, pharmaceutical, and biologic industries and provide a dynamic platform for partnering, sourcing and discovery of new combination products,” according to the organizers.

Show Hours

Tuesday, Apr. 24th: 10 am – 5 pm
Wednesday, Apr. 25th: 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday, Apr. 26th: 10 am – 3 pm

Conference Hours

Tuesday, Apr. 24th: 9 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, Apr. 25th: 9 am – 4 pm
Thursday, Apr. 26th: 9 am – 3 pm

Whereas the 2006 event was held in March, this year the event runs Apr. 24-26, which should considerably brighten attendees’experiences in terms of travel to and from and extracurricular activities in the Big Apple. As in previous years, Interphex will take place at the Jacob Javits Convention Center (11th Ave. and 34th St.). Hours for both the trade show and the educational conference (Box, right) are similar, and once again the exhibition subsumes four major segments: Facilities, Outsourcing & Contract Services, Information Technology and Manufacturing/Processing. Key focus areas for new solutions and sources include Automation, Packaging, RFID, Contamination Control and Biotech.

This year’s Keynote Presentations promise big-picture perspectives from industry trailblazers. On Tuesday, Apr. 24, from 11:30 to 12:30, Cook Group Chairman and CEO Bill Cook will discuss, “What's Next: Where Devices and Medicine Go From Here . . .” Cook founded his company in Bloomington, Ind., on $1,500 invested capital, with him and his wife Gayle as its only employees, and with percutaneous wire guides, catheters and needles as its first products. Today the organization is a 50-company conglomerate with manufacturing facilities in the U.S, Australia, Denmark and Ireland, and sales organizations across the globe. Cook Group companies manufacture cardiovascular, critical care, diagnostic and interventional products, extruded and injection-molded plastics, stainless steel tubing, urological equipment, OB/GYN devices, and endoscopic instruments.

On Wednesday, Apr. 25, from 11:30 to 12:30, G. Steven Burrill will lay out his vision for “The Future of the Industry.” Currently CEO of Burrill and Co., a life sciences merchant bank, Burrill is a biotechnology pioneer who has been involved in the growth and development of the industry for over 35 years. He chairs or is a member of several biotech companies’ boards of directors. Prior to founding Burrill & Company in 1994, he spent 28 years with Ernst & Young, directing and coordinating the firm's services to clients in the biotechnology/life sciences/high technology/manufacturing industries worldwide. In 2002, Burrill was recognized as the biotech investment visionary by Scientific American magazine.

Companies and Products to See

For Interphex 2007, there are more than 180 new exhibitors, including large and small companies from North America and abroad. In the listings that follow, we seek to spotlight some “must-see” companies and products.

A&B Process Systems – Booth #1965

A&B Process offers assistance "from concept to completion" — design, building and installation of process and automation systems. A&B’s process modules are pre-assembled, fully tested and inspected so that they are “ready to run” immediately after installation. A&B Process’ broad range of installation services includes the installation of sanitary and high purity process piping and equipment, as well as to field erection, equipment rigging and millwright services. (www.abprocess.com/indserved.htm#pharm)

Aramark Cleanroom Services – Booth #245

Aramark Cleanroom Services provides cleanroom garment services throughout North America. All of the company's processing plants have achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. Each facility has a comprehensive documentation system, disaster recovery plan, a dedicated QA manager and dedicated staff, as well as a web-based garment management system. (www.aramark-cleanroom.com)

Baldor Electric Co. – Booth #4082

Baldor will feature its line of 100% stainless steel AC motors and gear boxes. The company will also show paint-free AC and DC motors, AC and DC washdown duty motors and washdown duty controls. Baldor recently expanded its product line significantly, through the acquisition of Reliance Electric Co. — including Dodge mechanical and Reliance Electric motors — from Rockwell Automation. (www.baldor.com)

Blue Mountain Quality Resources, Inc. – Booth #1154

In the spotlight at Blue Mountain’s booth will be its new Regulatory Asset Manager — a comprehensive, integrated, browser-based solution designed to enable the collaboration of maintenance, calibration and validation personnel. It allows asset owners, technicians, and quality managers to work together to maintain assets and processes in a controlled and validated state. Regulatory Asset Manager is tightly integrated with the entire asset management application so that changes to any record type are documented and controlled. (www.coolblue.com)

Bosch Packaging Technology – Booth #846

Bosch Packaging Technology, a manufacturer of pharmaceutical packaging machinery, will be showing the GKF1400L capsule filler with liquid fill module, the FSX2020 nested syringe filler, the KKE2500 checkweigher with tablet feeder, the KWE4000 small package checkweigher, and the new FLT tabletop vial-filling system. (www.boschpackaging.com)

Brooks Instruments – Booth #2354

A division of Emerson Process Management, Brooks Instrument provides integrated low-flow fluid measurement and control instrumentation. The Brooks product line features a number of technologies to handle a wide range of flow challenges including Coriolis, thermal mass, variable area (rotometers) and positive displacement technologies. (www.brooksinstrument.com)

Cashco, Inc./Valve Concepts Inc. – Booth #2447

Cashco will spotlight its newly redesigned Model C-CS "clean steam" pressure-reducing regulator. Used primarily for steam control in sanitary biotechnological process piping systems, the C-CS offers longer diaphragm life and increased capacity to help achieve industry needs. Cashco offers a full line of sanitary regulators and control valves solutions for pharmaceutical applications. (www.cashco.com)

Dwyer Instruments – Booth #2866

Dwyer Instruments, Inc. is featuring its new Digihelic II Differential Pressure Controller, which is suited for monitoring pressures in clean rooms or containment zones. This controller offers simplified programming via a Menu key that enables the user to select: security level; set point or set point and alarm operation; auto or manual alarm reset; English or Metric engineering units; pressure, velocity or flow operation; K-factor for use with various Pitot tubes and flow sensors; circular or rectangular duct size for volumetric flow operation; and other options. Dwyer and its divisions produce a broad range of competitively priced instruments for measuring, transmitting and controlling pressure, temperature, level and flow. (www.dwyer-inst.com)

Emerson Process Management – Booth #2354

In this booth, all Emerson divisions will be represented, including Brooks Instruments, MicroMotion and Rosemount Analytical. Emerson Process Management helps businesses automate their production, processing and distribution in life sciences and numerous other industries. The company combines quality products and technology with industry-specific engineering, consulting, project management and maintenance services. Check out Emerson's Smart Wireless solutions, which give manufacturers access to information that was previously out of physical or economic reach. Emerson’s Wireless SmartPack Starter Kits bring together wireless measurement transmitters, gateway, software and services to get customers up and running quickly. (www.emersonprocess.com)

Eriez Magnetics – Booth #303

Eriez will featuring magnetic separators, metal detectors, vibratory feeders, conveyors, screeners and bin vibrators. The company will also highlight its E-Z Tec pharmaceutical model metal detector, with quick-start operation, high speed reject mechanism and simplified equipment validation. (www.eriez.com/Products/Markets/Pharmaceutical/)

Fab-Tech – Booth #1247

Fab-Tech Inc. offers PermaShield Pipe (PSP), a Factory Mutual Systems-approved, corrosion-resistant exhaust/vent pipe system for use without sprinklers. PSP's proprietary, highly chemical resistant, fluoropolymer ETFE coating on stainless steel duct/pipe can be cut to length in the field and can be cut into for new branch lines or measuring ports. This is a fully engineered system of duct and dampers (single, parallel, opposed blade and vortex) blastgates, pipe and vessels. (www.fabtechinc.com)

Fette America – Booth #1327

Fette will display its patent-pending Segmented Die Table, in addition to its fully-contained, Wash-in-Place, double-sided tablet press with its newly designed, single-sided discharge for single-layer production. This 3090i WiP will be shown complete with a Fette isolator and the newly redesigned Fette Absolut dust collection system. A copy of VRTrain, the firm’s interactive, 3-D Virtual Machine Training and Reference module, will also be available. (www.fetteamerica.com)

Flexicon America – Booth #961

Flexicon America, Inc. will spotlight its new DAFPA (Disposable Aseptic Fluid PAth) assembly system and two new small to medium batch-size fillers: the FP50 and the FPC50. DAFPA is a fully assembled bag and tubing system designed to work with Flexicon’s peristaltic dispensing systems. The bag, filter, tubing and filling needle are pre-assembled, double bagged and gamma-irradiated. The package comes complete with certificates and validation package for reduced set-up time and cleaning validation. The FP50 fills and stoppers and the FPC50 also caps. With fill speeds of up to 25 vpm, both fillers handle various formats without the need for extra format parts. Complete format change takes less than 15 minutes. (www.flexiconamerica.com)

GE (Analytical Instruments, Infrastructure Sensing, etc.) – Booth #2300

In this one booth, a variety of General Electric companies will offer a wide range of products and services. These include: analytical instrumentation; laboratory instruments and supplies; economic development and software services for business; pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical contract manufacturing; energy management and materials for facility engineering and maintenance; process automation and control systems and instrumentation; compliance software; and validation support. (www.ge.com)

Hach Ultra – Booth #1563

Hach Ultra provides advanced laboratory and process instrumentation for critical measurements in air, liquid and gas. It will showcase its Anatel TOC analyzers for high-purity water systems; Met One and HIAC particle instrumentation for monitoring particulate contamination in air and liquid; and Orbisphere analyzers for measuring ozone levels in water treatment. (www.hachultra.com)

Hoffman – Booth #2437

In the spotlight at Hoffman will be its new stainless steel cable tray and flush- and ceiling-mount enclosures. The company provides complete lines of stainless steel wall-mount, free-standing, disconnect and operator-interface enclosures for pharmaceutical control systems. (www.hoffmanonline.com)

Horiba Instruments– Booth #2807

Horiba Instruments will feature analytical instrumentation and measurement technology for a diverse range of measurement types, including particle size analysis, elemental analysis, process and environmental monitoring and medical analyzers. Horiba's analytical instruments division produces over 500 different analyzers, including particle size analyzers, Raman, fluorescence, pH meters, X-ray fluorescence, ellipsometers, elemental composition and materials characterization analyzers. (www.horibalab.com)

International Portland Corp. – Booth #1586

International Portland manufactures 12 different models of class 100 downflow containment booths used for raw material sampling and dispensing. Options include temperature and humidity control, and explosion-proof construction. (www.internationalportland.com)

Invensys – Booth #2000

At this booth, attendees will find products under the Invensys, Avantis, Foxboro, SimSci-Esscor, Validation Technologies and Wonderware brands. Invensys will spotlight its new InFusion ECS (Enterprise Control System) for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry. InFusion enforces best practices through the concept of templates. The InFusion ECS improves plant visibility, plant performance, process control and compliance for operational and business excellence, according to the company. (www.Invensys.com)

Kimberly-Clark Corporation – Booth #359

As a single source for gloves, masks, wipers and apparel for clean environments, Kimberly-Clark Professional offers convenience, reliability and technical expertise. The company will feature Kimtech Pure and Kleenguard products for the cleanroom to protect against particulates and other contaminants; Kimtech Science, Kleenguard, and Kimberly-Clark for laboratories. (www.kcprofessional.com)

K-Tron International – Booth #2747

Taking center stage at the K-Tron booth will be the MT12 Microfeeder, designed for low-rate pharmaceutical/chemical feeding applications, and the easy-to-clean-and-disassemble KT20 pharmaceutical feeder, designed to cGMP standards. Also on display will be the P-Series sanitary vacuum receivers, designed for easy disassembly, cleaning and maintenance. K-Tron is an ISO 9001-certified manufacturer of volumetric and gravimetric dry powder and liquid feeders, sanitary dilute and dense phase vacuum conveying equipment, and patented weighing systems and related controls. (www.ktron.com/pharma)

Magnetrol International – Booth #3048

Magnetrol International will feature liquid level and flow instrumentation, including its Eclipse guided wave radar transmitters, Pulsar pulse burst radar transmitters, Echotel ultrasonic contact and non-contact switches and transmitters or Thermatel thermal dispersion switches and transmitters. (www.magnetrol.com)

MasterControl – Booth #2847

The company is highlighting its MasterControl suite — a configurable, easy-to-use, and off-the-shelf software solution that helps pharmaceutical companies comply with 21 CFR Parts 11, 210-211 and 606. The software is designed to automate and effectively manage document and change control, training, audits, CAPA, customer complaints and other forms-based processes. (www.mastercontrol.com)

Microfluidics – Booth #2547

At Interphex, Microfluidics will introduce the M-700 and M-110EH-30. Intelligent, built-in pump-position transducers help the M-700 maintain constant process pressure, resulting in longer component life and increased reliability, the company says. Designed to operate at up to 30,000 psi process pressure, the M-110EH-30 helps with nano-suspensions, nano-emulsions, and cell disruption. (www.microfluidicscorp.com)

Molded Fiber Glass Tray Co. – Booth #2567

MFG Tray Co. will feature trays for soft gel drying and a large variety of trays and containers used in the handling and processing of pharmaceutical products. It will also display vial trays for handling small and medium vials. The trays are available in four sizes that stack, and provide easy grips and a smooth surface for easy loading and unloading. (www.mfgtray.com)

New Age Industries/AdvantaPure – Booth #1555

GammaTag, a gamma-sterilizable RFID solution, will be in the spotlight at AdvantaPure’s booth. This new technology, available exclusively from AdvantaPure, can be attached to healthcare equipment and medical devices, as well as single use/disposable products requiring gamma sterilization, before use with no risk of data loss. The company manufactures sanitary hose, tubing, fittings, assemblies, and silicone injection molded components such as manifolds, stoppers, and True Unions. It also offers single use/disposables solutions such as tubing with molded Ys, Ts, mini and standard Tri-Clamps, stoppers, and sealers. (www.advantapure.com)

Novasep – Booth #1877

Novasep Process manufactures process chromatography, ion exchange and cross-flow membrane filtration systems (including microfiltration, ultrafiltration, nanofiltration and reverse osmosis). The company will feature its Prochrom PAC and Hipersep solutions. (www.novasep.com)

Pall Life Sciences – Booth #1819

The broadest line of separation and purification systems, products and services for the pharmaceutical industry. New products - expanded Technical Services T-style Kleenpak Nova capsules, Ultipor VF virus filters, Mustang membrane chromatography units, Prosette, Minimate, and Microza TFF units, Euroflow chromatography columns, Palltronic integrity testers for 21 CFR Part II-compliant users. (www.pall.com)

Parker-Hannifin Electromechanical Automation – Booth #3301

Parker’s Electromechanical Automation Division will be showcasing CTC InteractX HMI software and PowerStation family of industrial PCs. InteractX is an award-winning Windows-based HMI that is designed to ease compliance with the FDA’s 21 CFR Part 11 regulations. Parker-Hannifin’s EPX and HPX PowerStations come pre-loaded with InteractX software and provide the e-signature and logging tools necessary for Part 11 compliance with no scripting required. (www.parker.com)

Pharmaceutical Manufacturing / Control / Chemical Processing magazines (Putman Media) – Booth #2966

The staff of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing cordially invites readers to visit our booth to meet us, see the latest issue and check out our sister publications, Control and Chemical Processing. (www.pharmamanufacturing.com, www.knowpharma.com, www.putman.net)

Pharmaceutical Machine Supply, LLC – Booth 3204

Pharmaceutical Machine Supply is excited to exhibit the Kramer E5000 WIP vertical tablet deduster combination unit (pictured with the Ceia WIP metal detector and the Kramer V5000 WIP 2-12 way product diverter). This combination assembly is designed to contain and wet down highly potent product, making cleaning safe for users. The E5000 tablet deduster is equipped with Kramer’s new V-Channel jumbo and gap-welded helix for high throughputs and easy cleaning. (www.pms-usa.net)

Rockwell Automation – Booth #2336

Rockwell Automation has recently grown by leaps and bounds, having acquired Cork, Ireland-based engineering and design firm ProsCon Holdings Ltd., as well as Propack Data, Datasweep and Caribbean Integration Engineers. At Interphex, Rockwell will highlight its broad range of process and information solutions for the life sciences industry. As in previous years, Rockwell’s pavilion will include its Encompass Partners and System Integrators: American Power Conversion, Advanced Micro Controls Inc., Belden CDT Electronics Division, Endress+Hauser Inc., Festo Corporation, Hardy Instruments, Hoffman, Rice Lake Weighing Systems, Spectrum Controls, and TRICORE AEA Provider. (www.rockwellautomation.com)

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (C-Flex) – Booth #2284

This company will feature products from the C-Flex Bio-Pharmaceutical tubing group and an expanded line of equipment designed to seal and make sterile connections using C-Flex tubing. (www.CFlexTubing.com)

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (BioPharmaceutical Products) – Booth #618

Introducing to the Saint-Gobain family, the C-Flex product line, a trusted brand name for years; adding to our extensive product line and capabilities in silicone extrusion and molding products, fluoropolymer hoses, thermoplastic vessels and piping, and specialty engineered polymers. (www.biopharm.saint-gobain.com)

Siemens – Booth # 2155

Siemens provides software, hardware and instrumentation for Process Analytical Technology (PAT), pharmaceutical services, tracking and tracing, energy management and environmental protection, as well as migration and modernization strategies for process optimization and growth. (www.sea.siemens.com)

Stratus Technologies – Booth # 2643

Stratus Technologies is the leading provider of Continuous Availability (CA) IT infrastructure solutions for the life sciences industry. Stratus is focused on resolving challenges that Life Science Manufacturing IT organizations face when designing, deploying, and maintaining compliant infrastructure. (www.stratus.com)

Sturtevant – Booth # 1372

Sturtevant Sanitary Design Jet Mill Micronizers are USDA accepted providing low micron powders in a sanitary design with complete accessibility, no tools required. Company featured a new safety product collector with a sight glass and HEPA filter. (www.sturtevantinc.com)

Thermo Scientific | HyClone/ TC Tech – Booth #2619

Thermo Scientifics HyClone BioProcess Containers are single-use, disposable liners and bags, made of medical grade film. BPCs are available in sizes and configurations for research and biopharmaceutical production applications and can be customized for your needs. Also, look for HyClone cell culture media, sera, buffers, reagents and WFI. (www.hyclone.com)

Thermo Scientific – Booth #578

Thermo Scientific (part of Thermo Fisher Scientific) chillers, baths and recirculators will be on display. See the new HAAKE DynaMax temperature control system. DynaMax units respond rapidly to dynamic temperature changes; ideal for critical applications including jacketed reactor vessels, rotary evaporators, reaction calorimetry and fermentation. (www.thermo.com, www.thermofisher.com )

Thermo Scientific NITON Analyzers – Booth #973

Thermo Scientific NITON Analyzers are the ideal tools to provide validation and verification of critical stainless steel components in the biopharmaceutical industry. NITON X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzers, a product of Thermo Fisher Scientific, are the world’s leading portable nondestructive instruments for alloy identification and analysis, whether at the fabrication, installation, on-site IQ or OQ stage. NITON Analyzers provide the fastest and most accurate non-destructive analysis and identification of stainless steels (including 304 and 316), nickel alloys (such as Hastelloy C-276), low alloy steels, tool steels, and many more in seconds. Through the implementation of simple procedures, alloy composition is checked, validated, verified and documented on a routine basis throughout the production process, without the cost of expensive laboratory equipment and related downtime. Bring your samples and visit us at Interphex booth #973 for a demonstration of this remarkable tool. (www.thermo.com/niton)

Vaisala – Booth # 869

Vaisala, a leader in environmental measurement develops, manufactures and markets state-of-the-art relative humidity, dewpoint, carbon dioxide, barometric pressure and weather transmiters, hand-held meters and OEM modules for industrial process, HVAC/EMCS, R&D and OEM applications. (www.vaisala.com)

Videojet Technologies – Booth #2600

Videojet will be featuring its 3120 10-watt laser marking system, which delivers a marking speed of up to 1,200 characters per second, complex marking capabilities and easy integration for a wide range of permanent coding applications. The Videojet 3120 can mark a range of products and materials, including special pharmaceutical boxes; paper, cardboard and carton packages; and PET containers. (www.videojet.com)

Wave Biotech – Booth # 2528

Key products include the Wave Bioreactor, Wave Mixer, FlexMixer, Sterile Tube Fuser and Hot Lips Tube Sealer that feature disposable contact materials eliminating cleaning and validation. Uses range from vaccine production, cell culture, media preparation, buffer dissolution and thawing process intermediates to patient-specific cell therapy in hospitals. The new WavePOD integrated instrumentation controller option gives the user the ability to develop complex bioreactor control schemes. (www.wavebiotech.com)

Werum America Inc. – Booth # 3219

Werum Software & Systems will feature its comprehensive Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES). Werum’s software suite, PAS-X, provides an integrated solution that streamlines the manufacturing process, improves product quality, shortens product cycle times, increases equipment efficiency, and assures FDA and GMP compliance within regulated environments. Werum received Frost & Sullivan’s 2007 Company of the Year Award in the MES space for the pharma and biotech industries. (www.werum-america.com)

Dining and Other Extracurricular Activities


Recommended options near the Javits Center:

FireBird Russian Restaurant
365 W. 46th St., nr. Ninth Ave.
Cuisine: Russian Imperial
Price Range: Expensive to Very Expensive
(Our reviewer’s comment: “expensive but memorable”)

Hallo Berlin
626 Tenth Ave., nr. 44th St.
Price Range: Inexpensive to Moderate
Cuisine: German/Austrian
(Our reviewer’s comment: authentic German – sausages and sides, with good beer)

La Locanda dei Vini
737 Ninth Ave., between 49th and 50th Sts.
Price Range: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian trattoria

630 Ninth Ave., at 44th St.
Cuisine: African/Moroccan – Mediterranean – French
Price Range: Expensive

Mee Noodle Shop and Grill
795 Ninth Ave., near 53rd St.
(212) 765-2929
Price Range: Inexpensive
Cuisine: Chinese
(Our reviewer’s comment: Good to your tastebuds and your wallet)

Osteria Gelsi
507 Ninth Ave., at 38th St.
Price Range: Moderate
Cuisine: Italian

Rice 'N' Beans
744 Ninth Ave., between 50th and 51st Sts.
Price Range: Moderate
Cuisine: Brazilian, South American

For dining options elsewhere in the city, we suggest visiting these sites for guidance:

New York Times dining guide

New and Bestworthy Restaurants of 2006, according to New York magazine

New York magazine's Restaurant Finder (with menus; searchable by restaurant name, type of cuisine, neighborhood, price range, features, "new & notable" or star ratings.

What's Happening in NYC

NYC Visit's Calendar of Events

New York magazine's Arts & Events info

Other Distractions

New York magazine’s Shopping Guide

New York magazine’s Nightlife Guide

About the Author

Heidi Parsons | Managing Editor