Under the partnership, both companies will develop the next-generation of time temperature indicators (TTIs), which will help enhance cold chain security in the pharmaceutical sector
UK-based Essentra Packaging has partnered with Advanced Material Development (AMD) on a project to develop smart packaging technology for the pharmaceutical sector.
Under the partnership, both companies will develop the next generation of time temperature indicators (TTIs), which will help enhance cold chain security in the pharmaceutical sector.
The project will integrate the expertise of Essentra Packaging and AMD to deliver future packaging solutions and improve patient safety.
Essentra Packaging will provide its knowledge specifically focused on the distinct needs of the pharmaceutical market.
AMD will use its technical knowledge and advances in the field of colour-changing polymeric photonic crystals led by AMD chief scientific officer Dr Izabela Jurewicz and developed by the AMD teams at the Universities of Surrey and Sussex.
Essentra Packaging innovation & sustainability director Tiffany Overstreet said: “One of the major hurdles for the pharmaceutical packaging sector today is that technologies such as TTIs are important for patient safety, particularly in today’s more complex and cold chain supply routes, but are often cost-prohibitive to implement.
“We want to change that from the ground up – we’re taking tomorrow’s pharma packaging technology and shaping it into something today’s packaging designers can access.
“What we are creating is new to today’s market and we’re proud to be working with a true industry force in AMD.”
The project is intended to deliver on two of the UK-based packaging firm’s innovation themes, patient safety and agile supply.
AMD CEO John Lee said: “Aside from biologics and pharmaceuticals, the packaging solutions we are developing based on our proprietary nanotechnology in our collaboration with Essentra Packaging also have excellent potential in a wide array of end markets and applications.
“The result will be cost-effective innovations, driving more ubiquitous use of such packaging technologies in and outside of the pharmaceutical sector.
“To be working with Essentra as a global leader in this space is a huge milestone for AMD.”