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25.03.2015, Mainz

A Thousandfold Boost in Glass Knowledge Helps Pharma Industry to Better Package Drugs

SCHOTT trained more than 3,000 pharma professionals through the FIOLAX Academy, supporting the industry to increase patient safety
SCHOTT has reached the landmark of training more than 3,000 professionals at its FIOLAX Academy. Started in 2010, FIOLAX Academy events share the latest information on the composition, properties and production of high quality pharma glass. This knowledge helps the industry to manufacture and use even better vials, syringes, ampoules, and cartridges for the optimal storage of medicines – supporting pharma companies in their efforts to minimize risks and ensure patient safety.

Participants have come from within specialist companies that are converting glass tubes to primary glass packaging, and from pharmaceutical businesses. The academy takes its name from SCHOTT FIOLAX® glass tubing, which has grown to become the gold standard ‘raw material’ for glass containers in the pharma industry. SCHOTT hosts FIOLAX Academy events in many of the world’s leading and emerging pharmaceutical markets.

Since 2010 there have been more than 150 FIOLAX Academies in countries throughout the world, from Europe and US to South and Central America, India, Japan, and China. Dr. Bettine Boltres, Product Manager Pharmaceutical Tubing and responsible for this training program, explains, “At SCHOTT we are thrilled to have already trained so many people in the FIOLAX Academy. We are continually expanding the programme to offer a complete training experience, covering topics such as drug-container interactions, regulatory requirements and glass quality. Through these training events we help our partners to improve quality and to increase efficiency and in turn advance their position in both their domestic and international markets.”

The FIOLAX Academy modular training programme has been designed in six parts. SCHOTT experts share the latest industry information on the use of glass in pharmaceutical ampoule, vial, cartridge and syringe manufacturing. Specialist insight is also provided for drug makers and contract fillers about the handling of glass during the filling processes to help decrease the risk of breakages. 

For more details about the SCHOTT FIOLAX Academy, visit

SCHOTT is a leading international technology group in the areas of specialty glass and glass-ceramics. The company has more than 130 years of outstanding development, materials and technology expertise and offers a broad portfolio of high-quality products and intelligent solutions. SCHOTT is an innovative enabler for many industries, including the home appliance, pharmaceutical, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. SCHOTT strives to play an important part of everyone’s life and is committed to innovation and sustainable success. The group maintains a global presence with production sites and sales offices in 35 countries. With its workforce of approximately 15,400 employees, sales of 1.87 billion euros were generated in fiscal year 2013/2014. The parent company, SCHOTT AG, has its headquarters in Mainz (Germany) and is solely owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation. As a foundation company, SCHOTT assumes special responsibility for its employees, society and the environment.
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