Association News

Pharma EXPO serves global medical device industry.

Press Release Summary:

Jul 15, 2014 - Taking November 2–5 in Chicago, IL (co-located with PACK EXPO International), Pharma EXPO 2014 will provide solutions medical device manufacturers can use to enhance efficiency, speed, and time to market as well as ensure regulatory compliance. Event is expected to draw 2,000+ exhibitors and 50,000+ attendees. Pharma EXPO will also serve as destination for educational programming and idea exchange between pharmaceutical and other manufacturing industries.

Original Press Release

Pharma EXPO Serves Growing Medical Device Industry

Press release date: Jul 09, 2014

Attendees to find latest solutions and insights to speed time to market and ensure compliance in Chicago

Reston, Va. — The global medical device industry has grown significantly over the last five years, and it is projected to reach approximately $302 billion by 2017 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.1 percent (2011-2017) (Global Medical Device Industry 2012-2017, Lucintel). To serve this growing industry,Pharma EXPO 2014 (Nov. 2-5; McCormick Place, Chicago), co-located with PACK EXPO International, will provide solutions medical device manufacturers can use to enhance efficiency, speed and time to market, and to ensure regulatory compliance.

“The U.S. medical device market is currently a $110 billion industry – the largest in the world. There are more than 6,500 medical device companies in the U.S., and Pharma EXPO will provide these companies access to leading market suppliers,” says Jim Pittas, vice president, Trade Shows, PMMI.

Pharma EXPO, produced by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, in collaboration with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE), will draw more than 2,000 exhibitors and over 50,000 attendees. Side-by-side, the events will be the largest resource for processing and packaging innovation in North America this year.

Along with being the largest resource for pharmaceutical processing and packaging technologies, Pharma EXPO will serve as a destination for comprehensive educational programming and a cross-pollination of ideas between the pharmaceutical and other manufacturing industries.

“One of the challenges for pharmaceutical manufacturers is implementing energy-efficient systems that not only support sustainability goals, but improve competitiveness by reducing costs,” says Nancy S. Berg, president and CEO, ISPE. “As energy costs continue to increase, the challenge of maintaining high product quality while simultaneously reducing production costs can often be met through adopting many of the energy efficient systems and solutions used in the food processing industry.”

Among the medical device technologies represented at Pharma EXPO, manufacturers will find innovations in:

• Automated packing slip systems

• Heavy-duty industrial sealers to meet 11607 packaging requirements

• GS1 bar code compliance marking systems

• Thermoforming molds and trim tooling

• Automated product transport systems

In addition to the technological innovations, ISPE will offer a world-class series of educational sessions covering topics such as operational excellence, quality, risk management, commissioning and qualification and automation design.

“The educational framework provided by ISPE will give medical device manufacturers a leg up on the competition — technologically and operationally,” adds Pittas.

To register for Pharma EXPO 2014, visit Registration is $30 through Oct. 3, and increases to the on-site fee of $60 thereafter.

About PMMI
PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, is a trade association representing over 650 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. PMMI actively brings buyers and sellers together through programs and events such as The PACK EXPO family of trade shows,, PMT Magazine, PACK EXPO Show Daily, networking events and educational programs.

PMMI organizes the PACK EXPO trade shows: PACK EXPO International, Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International and presented jointly with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE); PACK EXPO Las Vegas, PACK EXPO East, EXPO PACK México and EXPO PACK Guadalajara, connecting participants in the packaging and processing supply chain with their customers around the world. Coming Up: EXPO PACK México 2014, June 17–20 (Mexico City, Mexico); PACK EXPO International 2014, Nov. 2–5 (McCormick Place, Chicago); Pharma EXPO, co-located with PACK EXPO International 2014; PACK EXPO East, debuting Feb. 16–18, 2015 (Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia); EXPO PACK Guadalajara 2015, March 10–12, 2015 (Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico).

Learn more about PMMI and the PACK EXPO trade shows at and

About ISPE
ISPE, the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering, is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its Members through leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancement throughout the entire pharmaceutical lifecycle. The 20,000 Members of ISPE are building solutions in the development and manufacture of safe and effective pharmaceutical and biologic medicines and medical delivery devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its worldwide headquarters in Tampa, Florida, USA and offices in Brussels, Belgium, Singapore and Shanghai, China and is publisher of Pharmaceutical Engineering Magazine. Visit for more information.