PACKNET launched the Health Working Group through the Conference "Packaging as a lever for innovation in the health sector", held at the AECOC - GS1 Healthcare Headquarters in Barcelona on February 25.
The objective was to promote the dissemination of knowledge, join forces and promote synergies that foster the generation of cross-cutting collaborative projects between the packaging sector and the health industry.
In this way, the Health Working Group joins the already consolidated Regulatory and Sustainability Thematic Working Groups, where companies, business organizations, research organizations, technology centers, and other members of the Spanish Packaging and Packaging Technology Platform work in proposing solutions to problems transmitted by companies and accelerating and promoting the business application of the results achieved; contribute to the identification of R + D + i needs in the packaging sector; Furthermore, they stimulate the generation of knowledge through cooperation between scientific, technological and business agents related to the sector.
The meeting was opened by Belén García, Director of PACKNET, and by Margarita Romo, leader of the Health Work Group and International Business Developer at Nekicesa Packaging. Both highlighted the great value of the Technological Platform for collaboration between entities, seeking lines of action, synergies and complementary actions, being extremely positive when promoting collaborative projects between companies and research centers.
Through María Pilar de Miguel, from the Department of Biology, Health and Agri-Food at the Center for Industrial Technological Development - CDTI, attendees were able to learn about the news and financing opportunities offered by said entity for R + D + projects. i in the matter of the day. Emphasis was placed on the FEDER-INNTERCONECTA, NEOTEC, INNVIERTE, EUREKA, IBEROEKA and BILATERALES, EUROSTARS and H2020 calls.
The second block of the day was intended to publicize some innovative solutions already available in the market through associates and invited entities to face the needs and challenges posed. Mónica Soler and Alberto Anglarill, Manager of the Health Sector and Manager of Innovation and Project Development at AECOC - GS1 Healthcare, explained the process to achieve success in an Innovation Plan; Juan Carlos Mampaso, General Director of SIGRE Medicamento y Medio Ambiente, presented new lines of action focused on eco-innovation and eco-design of packaging; Ángeles Matey, Rehabilitation Technician and Advisor to the Directorate of Personal Autonomy at ONCE, commented on certain relevant aspects for the accessibility of people with visual disabilities when handling containers; Albert Sanahuja, Managing Director at Dekopak Europ pointed out various innovative actions in packaging design carried out by his entity, translated into a greater contribution of value in products and services.