The Geneva-based inaugural Connect in Pharma event will host an awards ceremony to showcase innovations in sustainable pharmaceutical packaging

17 June 2022 / Sciad Newswire / YewMaker and Connect in Pharma announce today that the winners of the new Sustainable Medicines Packaging Awards will be announced at an in-person champagne ceremony at the Connect In Pharma event in Geneva on 14 September 2022.

The new awards, run by sustainable healthcare pioneers YewMaker, will showcase and celebrate sustainable innovations revolutionising pharmaceutical packaging, with Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners under two categories.

The two categories in the 2022 Awards will focus on design and processes that bring an overall reduction of impact on the environment. 

Design Award – This award will showcase innovations in sustainable packaging design. Such a design innovation may involve materials, constituents, size, or shape of medicine or medical device packaging to reduce waste and increase sustainability.

Circularity Award – This award will showcase innovations in packaging services, processes, partnerships or products that reduce single-use packaging and bring circularity into the pharma packaging supply chain.

Shazia Mahamdallie, Chief Scientific Officer at YewMaker, explains why the time is right to launch these awards: “We have to start now if we are to achieve national and global climate change goals. We’re launching these awards to showcase the innovation that’s here today, and to inspire and motivate innovators to find tomorrow’s sustainable packaging solutions.” 

YewMaker founder and CEO Nazneen Rahman says Connect in Pharma was a natural fit to help launch the Sustainable Medicines Packaging Awards: “Collaboration and innovation are essential to delivering the changes needed to make sustainability core to how pharmaceutical packaging is designed and used. By announcing the winners of these new awards at the Connect in Pharma conference this September, we can bring a sharper focus on sustainability innovations in the pharmaceutical industry.”

Renan Joel, Divisional Director at Connect in Pharma, adds: “We are very excited to be partnering with YewMaker to host these important awards at Connect in Pharma in Geneva. Connect in Pharma is designed to focus on innovation and technology in the pharma and biotech community, and sustainable medicine packaging design is an important area of innovation in the sector. We are delighted to be coupling innovation with sustainability while putting the future of the planet in the spotlight.”

Closing date for entries is 1 August 2022. Find out more about the event at; Find out more about the awards and how to enter:


Notes to editors

About Connect in Pharma

Connect in Pharma is a fresh and exciting new event for the European pharmaceutical and biotechnology community, taking place in the heart of the market in Geneva.

It has been launched in answer to feedback from the community to fill a gap in the market to have an event at the centre of the pharma and biotech world, namely Switzerland.

It is designed to address the most critical issues and challenges of the industry in a pivotal time for the packaging market, as well as provide a forum for inspiration, learning, collaboration, networking and sourcing.

It is the latest addition to a globally-leading portfolio of packaging events run by Easyfairs across Europe, including brands such as Packaging Innovations, Empack, Aerosol Dispensing Forum (ADF), Packaging of Perfume Cosmetics & Design (PCD), Packaging of Premium & Luxury Drinks (PLD) and Packaging Première. The portfolio consists of 23 events in 12 cities and 10 countries and has for nearly 20 years been renowned for bringing together communities to give them a vision of their future in the most effective and inspiring formats.

Find out more about Connect in Pharma, the agenda and exhibitors at

About Easyfairs

Easyfairs organises and hosts events, bringing communities together to visit the future.

Easyfairs currently organises 200 face-to-face events in 14 countries (Algeria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom) and manages eight event venues in Belgium, the Netherlands and Sweden (Antwerp, Ghent, Mechelen, Brussels North, Namur, Gorinchem, Hardenberg, Malmö and Stockholm).

Easyfairs is passionate about “easifying” the life of our customers and increasing the return on investment and return on time for professional communities through our all-in formulas, advanced technology and customer-centric approach. Our digital features and initiatives provide these communities with excellent opportunities to network effectively and do business throughout the year. We listen carefully to create compelling online formats that meet their constantly evolving needs.

The Easyfairs Group employs 600 highly committed talents, deploys the best marketing and technology tools, and develops brands with a strong appeal to our stakeholder communities.

In 2018 Easyfairs was named Belgium’s “Entrepreneur of the Year®” and earned recognition as a Deloitte “Best Managed Company” and a “Great Place to Work”.  For the third year running, Deloitte conferred “Best Managed Company” status on Easyfairs in 2021.

The company is ranked 17th in the list of the world’s leading exhibition companies.

Visit the future with Easyfairs and find out more at

About YewMaker

YewMaker builds science-based, scalable concepts and solutions that make healthcare more sustainable. YewMaker is the initiator and executive lead of the Sustainable Medicines Partnership. Learn more at

About the Sustainable Medicines Partnership

The SMP is a not-for-profit, private-public, multi-stakeholder collaboration. Through executing priority actions, the Sustainable Medicines Partnership aims to stop the avoidable waste of medicines and medicines packaging – reducing healthcare emissions and increasing health equity globally. Learn more at

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