Recent Advances in Polymer Container Systems

Polymeric container systems are not new to the pharmaceutical industry, and their benefits in terms of break resistance, cosmetic quality and dimensional precision have been recognized by many companies around the world who have chosen to use a polymer vial or syringe.

More recently, issues such as protein aggregation, glass delamination, particles and the need for more precise and complex drug containers have led to an increased awareness and interest in polymer solutions as a preferred alternative to glass when considering new products. Increasing regulatory scrutiny of glass-related issues also has increased awareness of the potential risks to patients and the need to focus on safer solutions.

The various benefits of Daikyo Crystal Zenith® (CZ) cyclic olefin polymer systems, as well as a collaborative relationship among all parties can help create an effective integrated drug delivery system.

Learn more here.

Dr. Nicolas Brandes
Business Development Manager Daikyo Crystal Zenith

Daikyo Crystal Zenith® is a registered trademark of Daikyo Seiko, Ltd.
Daikyo Crystal Zenith® technology is licensed from Daikyo Seiko, Ltd.

Find the Solutions to Your Prefilled Systems Needs

Quality. Technology. Trends in manufacturing. Injection systems. Primary containers. Global market trends.  What does each of these areas have in common?  Over the past decade tremendous progress has been made in drug delivery, but challenges continue.

Learn what you need to know at the PDA Universe of PFS and Injection Devices Conference at the Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa, Huntington Beach, California, on October 6-7, 2014.

West is a proud exhibitor at this event, and representatives will be on hands to demonstrate technologies and customer solutions for self-injection, administration, packaging systems and components.

In addition, Graham Reynolds and Tibor Hlobik will present at the event

  • Global Market Trends – October 7, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
    Join Graham Reynolds, Vice President, Marketing and Innovation, West, as he moderates this session that will discuss the many factors which will drive and shape our industry in the coming years. Geographic expansion, increased access to healthcare, patient-centric solutions and the growth of biosimilars are examples of some of the topics to be explored.
  • Poster Presentation on October 7, 10:00 a.m.:
    Linking Component Selection to Drug Delivery Strategies in a Highly Competitive Market
    Tibor Hlobik, Global Director – PFS Platform, West

Additional topics at the conference will include:

  • Quality Infrastructure and Issues
  • New Technologies and Trends in Manufacturing Processes
  • Human Factors/Usability
  • Injection Devices: Critical Attributes and Risk Management
  • Regulatory and Compliance Aspects Such as Combination Products
  • New primary Containers, Safety Devices, and Delivery Systems

Join your peers and industry experts by registering online. Review the agenda and speakers list here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

West without Borders 2014: Medimop Celebrates Children

In December, team members from West’s Medimop subsidiary spent a half-day with children with special needs. The group traveled to their school and kindergarten where they celebrated the Chanukah holiday with them. The celebration included arts and crafts, music, cakes and drinks.

“It was a very moving and exciting day for the employees and the children,” said Orly Eini, Human Resources Director, Medimop Medical Projects Ltd. “We all enjoyed the day!”

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West without Borders is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders®, which is a registered service mark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières.


Strengthening R&D and Technical Customer Support

The pharmaceutical and biotech industry continues to deal with ongoing challenges especially in respect of strengthening their research and development (R&D) productivity and innovation model.

A recent McKinsey analysis calculates the average economic return on R&D has dropped from 13-15 percent in the 1990s to between 4-9 percent in the past decade.1

In response to this, the pharmaceutical industry is looking beyond their walls to embrace more collaboration outside of their own organizations.

Suppliers are a critical piece of this collaboration. West’s Global R&D and Global Technical Customer Support organizations understand the criticality of primary packaging to the success of new drug products and also of a package and its fit to a delivery system. We are stepping up to assist our customers proactively in addressing these challenges.

Of course, primary packaging related issues are only one aspect leading to the success of a new drug product, but they are a very important piece, nonetheless.

This overview speaks to the direction of our new global packaging systems organization for R&D and Technical Customer Support. We are building an integrated global network to strengthen and leverage our global talents to deliver more effectively at a local level. In addition, we are transforming the organization with the insight we gain from industry to assure new products and processes help meet your challenges in an effective manner with focus on Innovation, Science and Service.



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Fran DeGrazio

Vice President

1Economic return on R&D investment for top 10 biologic players. McKinsey perspective on drug & device R&D 2012.



West without Borders 2014: Kearney Team Aids Family Advocacy

Thanks to the hard work of the West without Borders’ committee this year, the Kearney, Neb., team members had an exceptional campaign. This year, team members chose the Family Advocacy Network (FAN) as the local campaign recipient.

FAN is a comprehensive, victim-focused program that provides a coordinated response to abuse cases by law enforcement, Health and Human Services, county prosecutors and healthcare professionals. FAN provides forensic interviews, medical examinations and referral sources for adults and children who experience:

  • Physical and sexual abuse
  • Domestic violence
  • Sexual assault
  • Neglect or abuse

As a Child Advocacy Center (CAC) and an accredited member of the National Children’s Alliance, FAN also assists in the coordination of county child abuse investigation teams, identifying system issues, encouraging case review and arranging for or providing requested training for professionals.

kearney wwb

This year’s activities included a biscuits and gravy breakfast, a picnic with hamburgers and hot dogs, raffles and VIP parking spots. Team members also participated in a motorcycle fun run, and have agreed to help with the Color for a Cause 5K, which the organization will sponsor in September. In addition to monetary donations, donations of gift cards, office supplies, cleaning supplies, paper products, clothes and items such as crayons and coloring books poured in.

After touring the facility, team members saw additional needs for the organization and have secured the donation of removing and installing new carpeting throughout the building.

Thanks to all who have and will participate in the campaign!


West without Borders is not affiliated with Doctors Without Borders®, which is a registered service mark of Bureau International de Médecins Sans Frontières.


Smart Metrology – The Next Step in Speeding up Development Cycles (Part 3)

The Tech Group’s Keith Calvert recently contributed a three-part blog on metrology to Medical Design Technology. The following is from Part 3.

Equipment standardization is a key element in cost savings for any company and covers a broad spectrum of equipment for manufacturing, but for metrology equipment it is vital. As discussed in an earlier blog, metrology loops and the data produced are becoming the long-lead process in tool acceptance and validation activities. Trusting the data and how or where it comes from is just as important. Standardizing metrology equipment is one way of establishing that circle of trust for the project team. Over time, a team will become more and more comfortable with the data sets they receive, and in a data-driven organization, this can be beneficial.

When companies strategically source and purchase equipment with the mindset of standardization, they win. When decisions are based on price, lead time, or immediate needs, the long-term effects can be detrimental to a company’s long-term goals. It may even negatively affect short-term project goals. Consider cost and timing for the following requirements that coincide with a non-standardized equipment purchase:

• Training, including learning curve (muscle memory, keyboard shortcuts)
• Programming in different software packages (job setup, no standardized file)
• Lack of plug-and-play option commonality (rotary indexer, laser scanner)
• New maintenance requirements and additional spare parts
• New work instruction creation
• Data collection system/file sharing handshake
• Validation protocol creation and execution

Read the full blog here:

2014 Singapore West without Borders Make a Difference for Children

This year, West Singapore partnered with Community Chest and the Care Corner Family Centre. The Centre offers a variety of special programs, including specialist tutoring, reading programs and the KidsBright development program, which is designed to address children’s underlying cognitive difficulty in learning and functioning. The program benefits children with learning disorders including ADHD, dyslexia, sensory/auditory processing disorder, dyspraxia and mild autism.

Brain-stimulating Movement Exercises

Brain-stimulating Movement Exercises

Specialist Tuition Program

Specialist Tuition Program

Over a period of three weeks, a sum of S$5,000 was raised through a series of fun-filled activities such as Charity Fruit Day, Road Show, Play for Charity and Celebrity Chefs to support KidsBright.  The Singapore team truly made a difference to others.


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