Pragmatic and Schreiner MediPharm announce strategic partnership
Ultra-low cost RFID to accelerate deployment of smart labels in pharmaceutical and medical devices
Pragmatic, a world leader in ultra-low-cost flexible electronics, and Schreiner MediPharm, a leading provider of specialty labels for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry, have entered into a strategic partnership to add smart labels based on Pragmatic’s ConnectIC® family of flexible integrated circuits into Schreiner MediPharm’s product portfolio.
”Pragmatic’s unique solutions will enable us to add connectivity and intelligence to a much wider range of products than was previously possible”, said Dr Thomas Schweizer, President of Schreiner MediPharm. “We are developing innovative smart labels for packaging and multiple device types that will improve usability and safety for both patients and healthcare professionals.”
The use of RFID in the pharmaceutical industry offers a variety of applications through the assignment of a unique ID, which is practically non-reproducible. For instance, secure identification and traceability of individual products in devices and processes. But to date it mainly has been adopted only in high value use cases because of cost. The revolutionary ConnectIC devices deliver RFID solutions at the lowest cost point in the market, sweeping away the cost issue. In addition, FlexICs are ultra-thin and flexible, which makes them suitable for embedding into a wide range of substrates used for the innovative functional labels of Schreiner MediPharm.
“This partnership with Schreiner MediPharm highlights how our ground-breaking ConnectIC product line is set to accelerate the deployment of RFID-based digital solutions in the healthcare sector,” commented Scott White, CEO of Pragmatic. “We are really pleased to see adoption of our technology by leading global suppliers like Schreiner MediPharm and look forward to working closely with them to develop new use cases for their products.”
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About Pragmatic Semiconductor
Pragmatic Semiconductor is a leader in semiconductor innovation, creating ultra low cost, ultra thin, flexible integrated circuits (‘electronic chips’).
Pragmatic’s chip is produced without silicon, using thin-film semiconductors to create flexible integrated circuits that are thinner than a human hair, and are significantly cheaper and faster to produce than silicon chips. This provides a compelling alternative for many mainstream electronics applications, as well as enabling new applications not possible with silicon.
Pragmatic’s chips can be embedded into almost anything, bringing connectivity and intelligence to everyday objects. Example applications include radio frequency identification (RFID) and near field communications (NFC) giving objects unique digital identities as well as enabling objects to interact with their environment. This has benefits across the entire product lifecycle, including inventory reduction, traceability, counterfeit detection, proof of provenance, and customer interaction. Pragmatic’s technology can also be used to help reduce food waste, improve the return and recycling of singleuse packaging, and enable item-level traceability within a universal system for recapture, sorting, cleaning, and return.
Our foundry service uniquely allows agile hardware design, exponentially accelerating solution development and time-to-market. Examples include proprietary RFID protocols, time/temperature indicators, fingerprint sensors, wearable smart patches for healthcare, flexible display drivers, and novel microprocessor architectures.
We also offer a Fab-as-a-Service model that enables secure, dependable, localised semiconductor supply through manufacturing directly on a customer’s site. This highly scalable distributed production allows cost effective, high-volume fabrication of flexible integrated circuits.
Pragmatic is headquartered in Cambridge, UK, with our first fab operating in Sedgefield, and a second fab under construction at our new 15-acre Pragmatic Park site in Durham.
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About Schreiner MediPharm
Schreiner MediPharm, a business unit of Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG based in Oberschleissheim near Munich, is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, multifunctional specialty labels and marking solutions with value-added benefits for the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. Thanks to its strong solutions expertise and specialized know-how Schreiner MediPharm is a highly capable development partner and reliable quality supplier to leading pharmaceutical companies worldwide.
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