Innovative Pharmaceutical and Biopharmaceutical Primary Packaging

Gerresheimer Gx Solutions is developing packaging solutions for the complex injectable drugs of tomorrow.

New sophisticated and sensitive injectable drugs require a new generation of custom-made pharmaceutical primary packaging. Gerresheimer is combining its expertise into a specialised team called Gx Solutions, an interdisciplinary expert and sales team able to utilise the development know-how of four technical competence centers.

The result is new packaging solutions for sensitive agents, enabling safe administration and more efficient drug delivery systems. Gx Solutions particularly also offers tailored services for biotechnologically manufactured medications and for smaller and medium-sized biotech companies.

At the PDA annual meeting taking place in Orlando at the Hotel Loews Royal Pacific from on 8 October to 9 October, the Gerresheimer Gx Solutions team of experts will be on hand to speak to trade visitors for two days at booth 709.

Innovative medications are opening up new treatment options for illnesses, which were previously essentially untreatable. Agents are frequently produced using biotechnological means and utilise highly complex, protein-based molecules for the treatment of cancer, neurological conditions and eye diseases.

This makes these new medications so sensitive that they require a new generation of pharmaceutical primary packaging, such as prefillable syringes, vials and cartridges, to be reliably effective. As a result, medications and packaging are increasingly being developed simultaneously through joint efforts of pharmaceutical companies and packaging manufacturers to create an ideal comprehensive solution quickly and economically.

Gerresheimer is meeting this trend with a new internationally positioned team of experts.

Member of the management board and responsible for the plastics and devices division at Gerresheimer Andreas Schütte said: “With Gx Solutions, we have assembled an interdisciplinary team of specialists offering development expertise, international development capabilities and global regulatory expertise.”

This team of experts no longer thinks in terms of product groups or materials like plastics and glass for its work, but rather develops comprehensive solutions perfectly matched to the requirements of specific markets, applications and patient groups.

Global executive vice-president of sales and marketing, administration and TCC management board at Gerresheimer Regensburg Manfred Baumann said: “Gx Solutions is able to utilise more than 430 product designers, engineers, technicians and skilled workers in the fields of plastics and glass at our technical competence centres in Germany, the US and China.

“The unit has everything from a quality laboratory to special machine construction to small-batch production at its disposal, which we are able to utilise to produce samples for clinical testing. Thanks to our small-batch production capabilities for syringes, vials and cartridges, which will be established in Q3 2019, we will be able to respond to customer wishes quickly and flexibly.”

One area of Gx Solutions’ activity is the development of primary packaging, which interacts as little as possible with the medications it is filled with. Specially patented technologies for cone forming an interior coating have been developed for the prefillable Gx RTF syringes, for example.

This makes it possible to offer Gx RTF syringes in silicone oil-reduced and metal-free versions. Prefillable syringes made of new and innovative materials like COP (Cyclic Olefin Polymer) plastics can also be produced. Solutions for increasing user safety and user-friendliness, such as especially break-proof packaging, safety systems like Gx InnoSafe for the prevention of needlestick injuries and primary packaging for patients with limited motor capabilities are also important.

The third area of activity of Gx Solutions is packaging concepts, which are ideally matched to the development and production processes used by pharmacists. With Gerresheimer Gx RTF vials in the Ompi EZ-fill packaging format, identically packaged sterile injection bottles can be obtained from two different manufacturers.

Gerresheimer will also showcase its products and services at CPhI Worldwide in Madrid from 9 October 9 to 11 October at the Ifema fairground hall 4, booth C30.

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