Pharmaceutical packaging firms form Matrix Alliance to help speed treatments to market

Compatibility and testing of nested container and closure systems to help pharmaceutical companies manufacture parenteral medicines

Leading pharmaceutical suppliers have created the Matrix Alliance with the aim of bringing to market complete solutions for aseptic filling, consisting of nest, stopper, cap and filling machinery to accelerate the adoption rate of breakthrough medicines.

The Alliance was formed on the initiative of Vanrx Pharmasystems with inaugural members ARaymond Life, Daikyo Seiko, Datwyler Group, Ompi, Schott AG, Schott Kaisha and SiO2 Medical Products. Each member brings unique knowledge and experience to the Alliance, as well as industry-leading products.

As part of the collaboration, members will leverage the testing and certification of their combined offerings.

The Alliance is also a forum providing direction, education and awareness of new aseptic packaging solutions within the membership and to the market.

The companies are collectively focused on pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging technologies, and have agreed to work in four key areas:

  • Testing of new pre-sterilised container and nested closure systems for parenteral (injectable) medicines;
  • Ensuring the compatibility of components from different members;
  • Driving industry awareness of those solutions;
  • Collaborating on industry education regarding new medicine packaging solutions.

'The need for collaboration in this area arises from the increasing sophistication of manufacturing processes and packaging needed for next-generation parenteral pharmaceuticals. Emerging categories of complex, high-value injectable drugs share the need for innovation in fill/finish and packaging. We believe that collaboration will speed the path of new therapies to the market by our customers, the pharmaceutical companies,' Alliance members said in a joint statement.