PharmaTech Expo 2016 witnesses a huge turnout

More than 150 exhibitors from different states of the country participated in the event which was attended by more than 5000 trade visitors

More than 150 exhibitors from different states of the country participated in the event which was attended by more than 5000 trade visitors

Sachin Jagdale

The three-day PharmaTech Expo 2016 exhibition and conferences, a initiative (KNS Group of Company), took place at Gujarat University Convention Centre, Ahmedabad, Gujarat from August 21-23, 2016. This pharma expo has been unanimously endorsed by industry experts as the largest in Gujarat. With each passing year the expo has witnessed a rise in the number of exhibitors and visitors, and the latest edition wasn’t an exception. Pack and Printech Expo 2016 was also held concurrently.

The Expo was inaugurated by Chief Guest, Parshottam Rupala, National BJP Vice President, Union Minister of The State-Agriculture, Farmers welfare and Panchayati Raj. Bipinbhai Patel, President of Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry was the Special Guest. Gautam Shah, Mayor, Ahmedabad and Dr H G Koshia, Commissioner of Food and Drug Control, Administration (FDCA) Gujarat were the Guest of Honours at the event.

Rupala’s speech was full of optimism and he discussed the strengths of the pharma sector in Gujarat. He said that the pharma industry in Gujarat is globally known and the state’s industry friendly policies are attracting great investments. Rupala expressed the need of making the optimum use of technology which would later help to reduce the cost of the product.

Ramesh Shah, Chairman, informed the audience that this year’s Expo’s focus was on ayurveda, herbal and cosmetics products, as well as GMP and Schedule M. A special pavilion on Track and Trace and Vision Inspection also offered great opportunities to suppliers, manufacturers, industrialists, buyers, consultants and academicians to assemble on a common platform.

Koshia pointed out that the Gujarat state FDA’s steps such as issuance of licenses online and implementing e-governance has made operations easier for the industry. Koshia also mentioned that PharmaTech Expo 2016 will definitely help to update and grow the pharma industries and pharma technocrats of Gujarat.

On day-one, Pharmexcil was the conference partner for discussion on the subject, ‘GMP for SMEs-Schedule ‘M’ and beyond’. Kapil Bhargava, retired DDC, Government of India, provided detailed information on ‘Training and Self Inspection’. SM Mudda, Director, Global Strategy-Technical, Micro Labs spoke on the topic, ‘Introduction to Quality Management System’. Day-two had a very interesting discussion on the theme ‘Ayurveda: The Future of Healthcare’ which was organised by KNS Media. B V Patel Pharmaceutical Education and Research Development (PERD) Centre was the Knowledge Partner.

Dr Vijay Singh Chauhan, Sun Wave Pharma, Romania gave the keynote address on the topic ‘Overview of Ayurveda for a better tomorrow : Blending Today’s Technology with Yesteryear’s wisdom’ followed by a very interesting lecture on ‘Cosmeceuticals:An emerging concept in Ayurveda’ by Dr K Mitra, Matxin Labs, Bangalore. Dr Vandana Patravale, Institute of Chemical Technology, Mumbai, spoke on ‘Nanotechnology in Ayurveda:New Perspective and Current Need’. Dr Narendra Bhatt, BVU College of Ayurved, Pune, informed the audience on ‘Regulatory Aspects and Accreditation of Ayurveda Products’.

A series of lectures on ‘Track and Trace: A need of industry, are we ready?’ was also the highlight of the day. This conference was organised by Sanjay Patel, Director Software, Shubham Automation spoke on the challenges and opportunities in Track and Trace. Lokesh Patel,Vice President Track & Trace, Aseptic Technology shared his thoughts on a very important topic ‘Track and Trace: Need of the industry, are we ready?. This was followed by a presentation on the topic ‘Tips and tricks of track and trace for SME’s’ by Suketu Shah, Soham ERP Solutions.

More than 150 exhibitors from different states of the country participated in the event and varied kinds of high tech pharma machinery, lab and packaging equipments were on display. With more than 5000 trade visitors, PharmaTech Expo 2016 put up a great show once again.

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First published on: 30-08-2016 at 19:34 IST