Supply chain drivers recognized

World Trade magazine has unveiled its picks for top drivers of the global supply chain. On this year's list: Cortegra Group's biometric authentication technology, which the magazine says "offers a new level of anti-counterfeiting technology for pharmaceuticals that, itself, cannot be counterfeited." 

The technology reads the fiber structure in the boxboard, creating a unique--and seemingly impossible to duplicate--digital signature. The technology can be used for item-level authentication with no changes to packaging; signature information can be integrated into existing trace and track technologies, including barcodes, date codes, production data, ERP data and e-Pedigree solutions.

Also on the list: the FDA, for continuing to work with China despite the tainted drug products that have originated there. The regulator is currently developing product testing regulations. It has opened an office in China, the magazine says, to "try to better manage manufacturing risks by helping companies there better understand quality issues from the American perspective."

BioStorage Technologies also makes this year's list for its Internet-based inventory management system, which monitors and tracks biomaterials in short- or long-term storage, and manages samples and other aspects of cold chain logistics. The Intelligent Specimen Inventory Storage System (ISISS) meets FDA Title 21 CFR Part 11 regulatory guidelines for chain of custody for the pharmaceutical industry. 

- read the list