in-PharmaTechnologist presents five of our top audio-visual articles of 2010, including a map of Pfizer’s plant closures, gangsters in the pharma industry and a look inside SAFC’s HPAPI plant.
Over the past 12 months in-PharmaTechnologist has continued to innovate in online content presentation, using videos, podcasts and interactive visualisations where appropriate. Below we round-up five of our most viewed audio-visual articles of 2010.
In May Pfizer detailed plans to close eight plants , make cutbacks at a further five sites and layoff a total of 6,000 people. in-PharmaTechnologist followed-up the news with an interactive map showing the depth and distribution of the cuts to Pfizer’s manufacturing network.
On the first day of CPhI 2010 the in-PharmaTechnologist team conducted 12 video interviews, the last of which was with Guy Villax, a board member of the European Fine Chemicals Group (EFCG).
In the interview Villax discussed counterfeit pharmaceuticals and the presence of organised crime in the sector. “It’s complicated to explain to legislators and politicians because nobody would imagine that in an industry like pharmaceuticals, you’d have gangsters”, ended Villax.
in-PharmaTechnologist visited SAFC’s high potency active pharmaceutical ingredient (HPAPI) production facility in Verona, Wisconsin, US to record this video with David Bormett, operations director.
The video takes an exclusive look inside the facility and gives an insight into the HPAPI market. Bormett said the strength of oncology pipelines and recognition of API toxicity is driving demand for safe manufacturing capacity.
Shortly before leaving AAPS and New Orleans in-PharmaTechnologist journalists recorded a personal take on the week’s events. Topics discussed in the podcast include the use of teddy bears to smuggle Viagra, the difficulty of recruiting the right person and news from the show floor.
The Battelle and Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) Bioscience Initiatives 2010 report presented a wealth of data, some of which was visualised by in-PharmaTechnologist and Outsourcing-Pharma.
Visualisations included these maps showing the number of pharma establishments and employees in each state. A third map showed the average pharma wage in each state: good news for those in New Jersey, bad news for workers in Arkansas.