Life Sciences

CPHI Barcelona announces Pharma Award finalists

Finalists span twelve categories with awards for Accelerating innovations, new manufacturing approaches, improved sustainability, best start-up initiative and breakthrough digital technologies

CPHI Barcelona announces the finalists for the upcoming CPHI Pharma Awards, which will be hosted on the opening day (24th October, 2023) of the world’s largest pharma event at the Fiera Barcelona.

The shortlist was whittled down from more than 180 entries across 12 categories. Innovations cover the full pharmaceutical supply chain and feature many of pharma’s biggest names and breakthrough companies.

Since inception in 2004, the CPHI Pharma Awards have celebrated pharma’s brightest individuals and companies, with winners selected for making a contribution to driving the industry forward through people, products and performance. The 2023 edition marks the 20th anniversary and has introduced three new categories, acknowledging the remarkable wave of innovation that has engulfed the industry.

This year’s finalists include companies that led by example in sustainable manufacturing, manufacturers and innovators that developed new technologies to advance drug discovery, development and manufacturing, as well as honouring tomorrow’s transformational digital solutions and philanthropic initiatives. Finally, the prestigious CEO of the year category will celebrate this year’s most exemplary leader.

All entries were extensively evaluated by an expert panel, who collectively bring decades of expertise from big pharma, consultancy, regulatory, market intelligence and academia.

The winners will be unveiled at an invite-only drinks and networking reception in Hall Botanica (East Entrance, next to Hall 3), Fira Barcelona Gran Via, with a 500 strong guest list of VIPs, nominees, and senior stakeholders.

This year’s shortlist is as follows

Accelerating Innovation

Aurorium: Detergent-free membrane protein solubilization agents

Azbil Telstar SL: Sublime

CurifyLabs Oy:The MiniLab: 3D printing personalized medicines service platform for pharmacies

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd: Novel In Silico Digital Tools for Reduction of Clinical Studies & Product Development Timelines

KBI Biopharma: PUREcoli™ (part of PUREplatform™ solution)


Micropore Technologies Ltd : Pathfinder

Quantoom Bioscience: NfinityTM Platform

REACT4LIFE:  MIVO® technology

Single Use Support: RoSS.PADL – Homogenizing Solution

SK pharmteco: “A modular platform for rapid and flexible Continuous Manufacturing of APIs under cGMP”


API Development  

Catalent: UpTempo℠ AAV Platform Process

CROMAOAK: Multifrequency Liquid Chromatography


Merck: ChetoSensar™ novel solubilization technology for hydrophobic ADCs

Snapdragon Chemistry, a Cambrex company: Axial Chirality in the Sotorasib Drug Substance: Leveraging a High-Temperature Thermal Racemization to Recycle the Classical Resolution Waste Stream

Symbio Generrics India Pvt Ltd: EcoPrimeAPI: Revolutionising sustainability, scalability and commercialisation through green chemistry development in API.


At the Heart of Pharma

Accord Healthcare Ltd : Working Together to Make it Better; Driving Healthcare Equity

Eurolab (Pty) Ltd : Eurolab (Pty) Ltd – Health Equity Initiatives

Merck KGaA : Embracing Carers®

Zentiva: Supplying Ibuflam Suspension 40 mg/ml to the German market in crisis situation


CEO of the Year

Eurolab (Pty) Ltd: Lynne du Toit


Adalvo : Anil Okay

Lambda Therapeutic Research Ltd : Mrs. Bindi Chudgar

CNX Therapeutics : Guy Clark


Drug Delivery & Device

Adalvo: Drug delivery & device Innovation for: Fentanyl; Dalbavancin RTU (ready to use); Lisdexamfetamine Oral Solution; Pregabalin; Rosuvastatin/Candesartan; Ambrisentan/Tadalafil

Amaterasu Lifesciences LLP: SiDMI – Single Dose Anti-Malaria Injection

ApiJEct Systems: ApiJect Prefilled Injector

Ashland: klucel™ xtend HPC

Inoviem Scientific: NPOT® technology

Lonza: Capsugel® Enprotect® enteric drug delivery

Medicsen: Sonophoresis Smartpatch for needle-free drug delivery

MedPharm: MedCast

PA Consulting: ARinject™

West Pharmaceutical Services: The FluroTec 5-10mL Cartridge Plunger, the 13mm NovaPure® Ready to Use Stopper & the Flip-Off® CCS Seal combined offering to support large volume injection


Finished Formulation

Adalvo: Lisdexamfetamine Oral Solution, Nitrofurantoin, Dalbavancin RTU (ready to use); Fentanyl; Rosuvastatin/Candesartan; Ambrisentan/Tadalafil; Semaglutide



Lubrizol Life Science Health: Apisolex Polymer

MedPharm: MedSpray® Patch – in – Can Aerosol Technology

Nanoform: Nanoform’s nanoamorphous to nanocrystalline platform

PharmExtracta S.p.A.: Crispact®

ProBiotix Health Plc: CholBiome®CH – Cholesterol-reducing food supplement

Roquette: PEARLITOL® 200 GT – mannitol

Thermo Fisher Scientific: Development of an orally delivered large molecule biologic for clinical trials

Zentiva: Daruph – Dasatinib, our first value-added medicine (VAM) which is a lifesaving oncology treatment indicated to cure Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)


Manufacturing Excellence

Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories LTD: Dr. Reddy’s digital journey to keep medicines affordable.

FABRX: FABRX’s M3DIMAKER pharmaceutical 3D Printer Series

Honeywell Process Solutions: Honeywell Manufacturing Excellence Platform

Hovione: iSDX – a fully automated, scale representative laboratorial spray dryer

Luminary Therapeutics, Inc.: Gamma 2.0 +

Nanoform: Globally unique high-potency nanoparticle GMP production site

Piramal Pharma Solutions: Throughput Improvement in Peptide API manufacturing

SmartSkin Technologies: SmartSkin Pressure and Seal Tightness Drones



Bilcare Limited: Elite PVC-free Compact Barrier Coldform Blister


IMA S.p.A.: Croma, continuous tablet coater

Körber Pharma Packaging Materials: Rapid test made out of cardboard

Rotor Print: Recyclable blister: PET 100%

Syntegon Technology GmbH: Versynta microBatch



DDReg Pharma Pvt. Ltd.: Technology-enabled regulatory services through Vitalic®

Eurolab (Pty) Ltd.: Eurolabs Exemplary Regulatory and Compliance Practices in Expanding Access to Affordable Oncology Products in Africa

FAMAR: FAMAR Integrated System of Flash Audits: Innovation in auditing

Lambda Therapeutic Research Ltd.: Enhancing Compliance & Data Generation in Clinical Trials through Advanced Software Solutions and EDC Platform

Loftware: Loftware Spectrum for Medical Device

Mitsubishi Chemical Group: The LSG (Life Science Grade) Portfolio – A thermoplastic stock shapes product portfolio for bioprocessing and medical applications


Start-Up Initiative

Bionter: Bionter EVE the particle counter

Capa Valve Ltd: Capa Valve

Cellexus International Ltd.: The CellMaker

Congruence Medical Solutions, LLC: High Dose Autoinjector with Injection Pause

CUBICStars, Inc.: CUBIC CRO Service

Dr. Ferrer Biopharma: GentleMist Technology

IamFluidics B.V.: Revolutionizing microencapsulation with in-air microfluidics technology for next-generation sustainable healthcare solutions.

InSyBio: InSyBio Suite

PHIOGEN: Bacteriophage Therapy

Sonohaler Aps: Sono One, Sono Vx

Zerion Pharma A/S: Dispersome


Supply Chain Excellence

ACI Group: SCM Software Tool for Pharma Distribution

Authena AG: Authena L1VE 2.0

Catalent: Case Management Services for Cell/Gene Therapies

Cipla: Digital Innovation at Cipla Global Supply Chain

Thermo Fisher Scientific: mySupply Platform



Aptar Pharma: APF Futurity™ first metal-free, highly recyclable spray pump

Bachem AG: Multi-column countercurrent solvent gradient purification (MCSGP) for large-scale GMP purification of peptide and oligonucleotide active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs)

Bormioli Pharma: 100% Recycled PET Bottle for Eludril®

Corning, Incorporated: Corning® Viridian™ Vials

dsm-firmenich: Sustainability Imp’Act Card™

FAMAR: FAMAR’s Green Holistic Approach

Rotor Print: Recyclable blister: PET 100%

Schneider Electric: Energize: A Program to Increase Access to Renewable Energy for Pharmaceutical Supply Chains

Seqens: Innovative and sustainable paracetamol production process