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UK consortium to develop smart packaging for pharmaceutical products

3rd November 2015

A new UK project to develop intelligent packaging for pharmaceutical products could offer a wide range of functional and quality control benefits.

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is part of a UK-based consortium working on the REMEDIES project, which launched last year and is due for completion in March 2018. GlaxoSmithKline is spearheading the initiative, with research led by the University of Cambridge's Institute for Manufacturing.

Smart packaging concepts incorporating printed electronics are being developed that can improve patient outcomes and compliance by providing information and validation around anti-counterfeiting, product tampering and whether the drug is fit for consumption.

This technology can also be easily integrated with near-field communication, radio-frequency identification and other wireless-based applications, providing the opportunity to optimise logistics operations and stock control within the product life cycle.

It is hoped that this will result not only in the creation of high-value UK manufacturing jobs, but also reduce the cost of new drug development and purchasing.

Dr Alan McClleland, business manager at the Centre for Process Innovation, said: "The ability to integrate printed sensors into pharmaceutical packaging opens up a host of opportunities for the industry both in improving patient care and the logistics associated with the product life cycle."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801804843-ADNFCR

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