by Andrea Wagner – SVP, BD – BSM
Located in Venice Italy, OMPI day – the 6th one held to date by a company that is head quartered in Italy and is now a worldwide company that started in 1949 with significant advances in pharmaceutical industry for cartridges, vials and syringes in ready to use (RTU) formats.
OMPI brought together over 300 participants to discuss advancements in the packaging of pharmaceutical, biomedical and medical device products. Amazing accommodations, all paid for by OMPI, unbelievable food and spirits wrapped around a day of learning about the industry that we all rely on to bring us safe medicines for the future.
The president, Sergio Stevanato, Franco Stevanato, CEO, and Christophe Bureau, VP Strategic Innovation were just some of the speakers. The topics ranged from a discussion of all the platforms that OMPI supports but also, more interesting to me, is the innovation that will be coming soon. They want to become a full solution provider for the industry. They want to be the partner for the pharma and drug development groups. They have shown this recently by bringing RTU productions for packages that in the past were not thought to be able to be arranged in such a way. An example of this is their RTU cartridges. These are pre-nested, pre-siliconized, stoppered, crimped and nested then sterilized. This allows easy filling on a syringe filling line (with a small retro-fit) and allows companies to easily evaluate using cartridges without a dedicated line.
The day included talks on a new SEO application to better manage the drug user interface by encoding information into the devices they sell and expanding this to have end users better manage their treatment regime. This new “software” is called A to Be. For the diabetic community they have a special platform called U to Be. The software tracks the product and can assist end users in better compliance to their treatment program.
They have worked on syringe glide force and are looking at the siliconization on the glide force with various products. The have a lab – SG Lab – that allows for multiple container testing programs that doesn’t restrict the ability to customize.
The day also held an unbelievable tour of the manufacturing facilities – over 300 people elegantly escorted through and what an expansion in the past 9 years! The growth was amazing, they produce 24/7 (is this Italy?!) and they are continuing to expand due to need. They have custom areas for production and robotic production and inspection lines for their “normal” offerings. The day ended with a tradeshow exhibit by multiple vendors with barrier filling technology, transfer devices and amazing food and drink.
To go on more about this event OMPI had the final GALA which was hosted at a beautiful museum in Venice. 5 stars is how you would rate it – the location and even the gilded aged chamber music musicians were spectacular. Those lucky enough to afford themselves more time were treated to a tour of Venice the next day prior to their farewell. Another amazing OMPI Day and those not lucky enough to attend should consider re-thinking this in the future. OMPI is a great company to work with and they truly appreciate their customers.