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Pharma 4.0 Award 2018: The winners are…

Another year, another successful award ceremony. As part of the co-located Pharma MES and Pharma TRACKTS! Berlin conferences, we.CONECT once again presented the prestigious Pharma 4.0 Award 2018. The events bring together over 400 decision makers from the pharmaceutical industry.

On the evening of day one all pharmaceutical experts took part in the Pharma 4.0 award ceremony and voted live for the best projects in the field of MES and Track & Trace. All participating companies and projects were nominated prior to the conference by the Pharma 4.0 jury after we.CONECT received a wealth of exciting and complex applications.

Hernan Vilas (F. Hoffmann-La Roche AG), Zinaid Dzinovic (Novartis), Christian Wölbeling (Werum IT Solutions), Thomas Halfmann (Halfmann Goetsch Partner AG), Marco Glauner (prime4services), Gaetano Micera (EMERSON Process Management), Marcel de Grutter (Abbott Healthcare Products B.V) and Pasi Kemppainen (Santen Pharmaceutical) reviewed all applications and based on their experience, knowledge and expertise in the pharmaceutical industry and selected three nominees in the following two categories:

  1. Innovation of the Year in relations to MES
  2. Best execution of a Track & Trace / Serialization project

Winner of the Pharma 4.0 award 2018 in the category ‘Innovation of the Year in relations to MES’ is Dr. Benno Bischof, with Vifor Pharma’s project “OptiworX – Dynamic Augmented Reality @ Shop Floor”, transforming optimised processes into the intelligent dynamic teamwork system to further boost productivity.

The second place was awarded to Genentech with their project “Tech Transfer Optimization” and the third place went to AstraZeneca and their project “Voice Directed Technology”.

Winner of the Pharma 4.0 award 2018 in the category “Best execution of a Track & Trace / Serialization project” was Vanya Semkova with Merck KGaA’s project “TrackIT”, an up-and-running anti-counterfeiting ecosystem that ensures that drugs are more controlled and safer for its worldwide community of patients.

First runner-up was won by Recipharm and their project “SAM@RUP – Serialisation and Aggregation Management” and the third place went to UNITAX-Pharmalogistik GmbH and their project “UNITAX- -Pharmalogistik”.

The award winners of the Pharma 4.0 award did not only receive a trophy and certificate proving their excellence, we.CONECT also donated 1,000 € on behalf of the winners to a charity project. This year Berliner Krebsgesellschaft e.V. was selected and we were honoured to welcome Prof. Dr. Petra Feyer to the event who represented the charity and shared a few insights into their honourable day to day work. Berliner Krebsgesellschaft e.V.

Are you working on an interesting MES or Track & Trace / Serialization project that you would like to share with an ever growing Pharma 4.0 community? Then visit us online or contact us directly to find out more on how to apply for the Pharma 4.0 awards 2019. For further questions, please contact us: we.CONECT Global Leaders GmbH l Elise Orhan l Marketing Development Manager l Email:


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