2011 CPhl Worldwide Predicted to Break Previous Attendance Records

October 23, 2011

UBM Live’s annual CPhI Worldwide event for pharmaceutical ingredients is expected to break attendance records with more than 29,000 attendees, as well as a 13-percent increase in exhibitors onsite.

The show, along with collocated events ICSE, for contract and outsourced services and logistics, P-MEC, for pharmaceutical technology and machinery, and the new InnoPack show, for pharmaceutical packaging needs, will be held Oct. 25-27 at Messe Frankfurt in Germany.

"As CPhI Worldwide, ICSE, P-MEC and InnoPack are quickly approaching, we are pleased to have such positive projections. Each event has displayed growth in its own right, which is exceptional considering that last year in Paris was a record year, with well over 28,000 attendees and 1934 exhibitors,” said Greg Kerwin, Pharma Portfolio director for UBM Live.

He added, “In 2011, it is great to see that exhibitor numbers have grown across the board for all of the events which mirrors the upturn in the market.”

The pre-show conference series will open its doors Oct. 24 and will focus on two strategic forums aimed at understanding how the pharma industry can take advantage of new market developments and drive future competitive advantage in global sourcing and contracting, according to UBM Live organizers.

Just a few of the conference speakers on tap includes Kristof Szent-Ivanyi, director  of Global Bulk Sales for GlaxoSmithKline; Thomas Niemeyer, Global External Supply Lead for Pfizer; and Hairong Zhou, SMPS Sourcing, Genentech, Roche.

Last year in Paris different ‘zones’ were set up to serve specific market segments and this year’s show will  feature two new zones, the Generic APIs and Finished Dosage zones, which will be hosted within CPhI, while ICSE will offer three new zones for New Exhibitors, USA Exhibitors, and Logistics and Supply Chain.

The CPhI Innovation Awards also will return to celebrate companies across the industry that have pioneered new and innovative commercially scalable technologies, according to UBM Live organizers.

Besides the debut of the InnoPack event, the LABWorld pavilion will debut as a part of P-MEC. The pavilion will provide smaller-scale resources for high technology areas such as instrumental analysis, measuring and testing technologies, materials testing, quality control and laboratory equipment.

In addition, there will be a new Lunchtime Education Series that will feature six information-packed, interactive sessions led by industry-leading experts.

"This growth has been strategically planned for, and we feel that our events line-up effectively reflects the overriding market message that as the global Pharma industry changes, we must adapt and change with it,” Kerwin said.

He added, “The Frankfurt events are guaranteed to offer attendees a comprehensive program through the evolution of our returning features and the debut of the newly introduced features, such as the InnoPack event and LABWorld Pavilion, which are direct responses to new and changing market demands."

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