You work pretty hard to develop packaging for life-saving products, so don’t miss out on your chance for industry recognition! One precious bit of advice I have heard from one of our editorial advisory board members: “Without well-designed packaging, your medical device isn’t a market-ready product,” or something along those lines. In other words, the safety and effectiveness of medical devices and pharmaceuticals rests in your hands, so it is time to celebrate your efforts!
Right around the corner is the deadline for the 14th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards. All winning entries will be displayed at the 2011 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East show in New York City. The program is open worldwide to companies and individuals involved in the design, engineering, manufacture, or distribution of finished medical devices or medical packaging. For the 2011 competition, all entered products must have been commercially available (able to be ordered or purchased) by December 31, 2010. The late deadline is January 14, 2011. Visit the Web site at www.MDEAwards.com.
Also, the AmeriStar package competition from the Institute of Packaging Professionals is accepting entries through January 31. The program aims to recognize “the most ground-breaking, innovative packages of the year,” IoPP says. I know that describes your designs! Click here or contact Carole Schiller, IoPP Honors & Awards Manager, at 630/696-4006, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council is accepting entries for its 2010 HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Awards Competition. Entries will be accepted through March 15, 2011. HCPC seeks pharmaceutical packages that are “designed to optimize patient adherence.” The 2010 Awards will also include an Innovative Design category for non-commercially available compliance-prompting packaging formats. Entries will be on display at Interphex 2011 and winning entries will be honored at RxAdherence 2011, Strategies to Improve Patient Outcomes, May 3, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency New Brunswick, New Brunswick, NJ. This annual conference, formerly known as the HCPC National Symposium on Patient Compliance, is now in its 19th year and is being co-sponsored by Med Ad News, PharmaLive, Pharmalot, and Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News. For details, visit www.hcpconline.org or contact HCPC 804/338-5778.
We love telling the backstory behind award-winning packages, and last year there were some great ones:
Stryker Orthopaedics among MDEA Winners
Finding the Right Recipe for Sustainability
Universal Tray Enhances Product Protection, Reduces Package Weight
Compliance Requires a Better System
Innovative Compliance Designs Capture HCPC Honors
Help us tell the next story: yours!