Sterile and sustainable biomedical device packaging

Biomedical Device Packaging: Sustainable Innovations, Technology & Market Research

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Sterile biomedical device packaging is not given enough priority in underdeveloped and developing countries. In spite of its budding demand, sterile packaging is still in its fanciful state. Assuring the biomedical devices and apparatus stay sterile and untainted by infectious microbes is of utmost priority. There are several emerging technologies that are coming to rescue these major problems being faced in the Biomedical packaging industry.

The most prominent reason behind the mandate for Sterile packaging can be pointed out to the Hospital-acquired infections, which has become a serious issue globally. Approximately 2 million Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs) are contracted every year in the U.S according to the WHO. This number reaches 3 million HAIs in Europe. Additionally, about 80’000 patients in the U.S and 37’000 in Europe die every year following HAIs.

The need of the hour is to address the issue of Hospital Acquired Infections. There has been an uptake in infections occurring in a patient in a hospital or other health care facilities during operation or after treatment. Henceforth, assuring that the medical devices and apparatuses remain free of contamination, their packaging plays an important role in curbing down the HAIs.

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After extensively reviewing the scientific and the patent literatures, our researchers came up with a set of innovation that can help Biomedical Packaging manufacturers with their industry problems. A couple of most feasible solutions found were:

  1. (Allied Bioscience Inc) Antimicrobial coating compositions used to form residual antimicrobial coatings on medical implements and medical devices including the components of medical equipment (e.g) CPAP/BiPAP machines. 
  2. Cell and Molecular Tissue Engineering LLC) Medical products, including an implantable device coated with a crosslinked extracellular matrix comprising at least one of Type IV collagen and laminin enclosed in sterile packaging.

Sterile packaging ensures secure transfer procedures and no aseptic failures during surgeries. Today, sterile packaging is absolutely necessary. The HAIs occurrence can be lowered by setting up improvement in handling procedure.

Medical device manufacturers continuously sought out packaging solutions that would maintain the product’s sterility, safety and efficacy. These sustainable solutions helps in the reduction of hospital and supply chain waste.

Future of Biomedical Device Packaging 

  1. Patient Safety and Compliance: In the future, more pressing points of consideration will be on patient safety, compliance, and convenience. Additionally, child-resistant packaging and senior-friendly packaging will be equally considered. 
  2. Smart Packaging and intelligent packaging: It hold high potential because of the advanced features integrated into packaging such as sensing, IoT or wireless communication.
  3. Sustainable Packaging: Packaging focused on Reduce, reuse, and recycle will resolve major issues relating to waste associated with biomedical device packaging.
  4. Anti-counterfeit packaging: Upcoming decade would be more dedicated to overt counterfeit options as the patients will demand more genuine products.

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Smart and Sustainable Packaging in Biomedical Device Packaging 

  1. AdhereTech is the only smart packaging technology to ever gain commercial adoption. AdhereTech has patented wireless pill bottles that automatically collect and send adherence data via a variety of sensors that are built into the bottle.
  2. Pillsy is a smart packaging technology which uses remote monitoring and communication tool to support patients more effectively. 
  3. Sonoco, founded in 1899, has become one of the most sustainable, diversified global packaging companies. It is known as a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, and protective packaging. Sonoco recently introduced its EnviroSense™ Sustainable Packaging Development Initiative focusing on innovations focus on environmentally-conscious packaging.
  4. DUPONT also adapted its marketing and branding in order to establish a new identity as a sustainable packaging solutions provider, and has published a list of sustainability commitments to be achieved by 2030.  DuPont’s synthetic material Tyvek® is produced under verified environmental policy under ISO 14001 and can be recycledat facilities that accept high-density polyethylene (HDPE) not in contact with hazardous substances.

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Biomedical Device Packaging Market insights

Global sales of sterile medical packaging were valued at US$ 8,416.2 Mn in 2017 and are projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period. Factors responsible for such high expansion includes, but not limited to:

  1. Demand due to risk of Hospital induced infections.
  2. Demand for sterile packaging after Covid-19.
  3. Increasing demand in innovation

Amcor, Johnson & Johnson, Nelipak, Rose Plastic, Sonoco Healthcare are a few of dominating players in the market segment involved in Biomedical packaging.

Start-Ups working upon Biomedical Device Packaging 

  1. Anacail, Scotland (2011) has developed a high-throughput, scalable sterilization system that will integrate ozone sterilization and packaging into a single process. The ozone will be “packed” inside with the device, which requires a nonporous, primary pack.
  2. Vericool, USA (2015) developed compostable, corrugated packaging solutions for cold chains in the grocery and pharmaceutical markets.
  3. Ecopol, Italy (2009) developed biodegradable and hydrosoluble polymers based on Hydrolene® for various applications including consumer goods, chemicals packaging, healthcare, and oil and gas.

Recent Collaborations in Biomedical Device Packaging Industry: 

  1. Working closely with Wright Medical, a Netherland-based medical device company, and Placon, a US-based packaging company collaborated on the design process to produce the small, universal clamshell that meets their high-volume needs. The final packaging configuration addressed Wright’s multiple concerns, minimized its inventory and overall packaging footprint, improved production efficiencies, and accommodated its vast line of foot implant screws.
  2. Parkside Flexibles, a Malaysia-based packaging expert collaborated with surface protection suppliers, Touchguard (UK), to launch a new packaging system incorporating an antibacterial coating. The new development enables brands to protect consumers against potentially harmful bacteria.

COVID 19 Impact

  1. Future of Sterile Packaging is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.7% during the forecast period.
  2. Smart and Sustainability Packaging are the new faces of future medical packaging. 
  3. Surge in antiviral/antimicrobial packaging
  4. Rise in automation and robotics
  5. Increasing demand for products facilitating self-administration.

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