Widened entry for CPhI Innovation Awards

The sixth CPhI Innovation Awards, organised by UBM International Media - formerly CMPi - are to be judged and presented in Madrid on the first day of the 2009 CPhI Worldwide, Tuesday 13 October.

The sixth CPhI Innovation Awards, organised by UBM International Media - formerly CMPi - are to be judged and presented in Madrid on the first day of the 2009 CPhI Worldwide, Tuesday 13 October.

With 2009 marking the 20th anniversary of CPhI, the judges will be looking "to recognise and reward groundbreaking developments" in process, product or business model innovations that have practical applications to bring benefits in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

Once again, Manufacturing Chemist will be the media partner for the Awards, the premier accolades in the sector.

A key change for 2009 is that entries are also being invited from exhibitors in the ICSE contract services and BioPh co-located events - widening the strong benefits of association with the top r&d award in the pharma manufacturing community.

"Given business pressures and expectations across the current pharma production landscape, emphasis on innovations to deliver faster, greener and lower-cost routes and processes will only increase," said CPhI Event Director Annemieke Timmers. "The Awards are a widely recognized accolade and we're delighted to expand their coverage to embrace potential contributions from our ICSE and BioPh exhibitor communities."

Unchanged from 2008 is the highly experienced judging panel. Making the decisions will be: Hendrik Baumann - commercial director, CU Chemie Uetikon; Zoran Buncic - executive director, Pliva; Didier Bensoussan - senior director, sales & business development Europe, Dr Reddy's Laboratories (UK); Hans-Leonhard Ohrem - technical manager, Merck KGaA; and Andreas Stolle - head of process development, Saltigo.

The deadline for receiving 2009 entries will be Friday, 31 July. Companies nominated as finalists will be advised by mid-September with entry presentations on 13 October - the opening day of the exhibition. The winners will then be announced during that evening's Exhibitor Party.

As in 2008, the three winning entries will have the opportunity for feature-length coverage of their innovations in Manufacturing Chemist. The winner will also receive a free banner in the What's New in Pharma e-newsletter, issued after the event to an industry database of 50,000 industry colleagues.

All shortlisted entries will be featured on www.cphi.com, www.icsexpo.com and www.bioph-online.com and on the Innovation Awards stand in Madrid (Stand 10G16).

The 2008 winners in Frankfurt were:

Gold - Novozymes Biopolymer for Bacillus-derived hyaluronic acid.

Silver - Pierre Fabre Medicament for new tools for "green" formulation of active ingredients.

Bronze - Dr. Reddy's Laboratories for a highly volume-efficoient precatalyst fabrication technology with many advantages over existing literature methods.

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