Named a Finalist for Best B2B Web Site in the 2006 Jesse H. Neal Awards

Share Article has been named a finalist for best B2B Web site in the 2006 Jesse H. Neal Awards. The site serves as a resource and guide to operational excellence for drug manufacturing and scaleup professionals., the global pharmaceutical manufacturing community web site affiliated with Putman Media, LLC's Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine, has been named a finalist for "Best B2B Web Site" in American Business Media's 52nd Annual Jesse H. Neal Business Journalism Awards.

The web site and its electronic newsletters, e-News, Process Analytical Technology Insider, and Pharma Track and Trace, were launched in 2005. Their goal is to share the best practices that are helping to reduce drug manufacturing costs and improve product quality. They also serve as communications tools and career resources for professionals who work in drug scaleup and manufacturing.

In the past, drug manufacturing had been considered a "stepchild" and received relatively little attention. However, within the past few years it has become recognized as costly and wasteful, accounting for $90 billion in spending each year, long cycle times and rework rates that would be unacceptable in other industries.

As the regulatory climate changes from a "command-and-control" approach to one that stresses manufacturers' self-regulation, process control and process understanding, drug industry professionals are in need of "best practices" to help them adapt to initiatives such as FDA's 21st Century GMPs and Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) Guidance.'s mission is to encourage more drug industry professionals to share best practices with their peers around the world, through case histories and articles.

Like Pharmaceutical Manufacturing magazine, which was launched as a quarterly in 2002 and is now published 10 times per year, and its newsletters focus exclusively on manufacturing, from the pilot plant or scaleup stage through to final packaging.

The growing web site features weekly e-newsletters, a library of white papers and case histories as well as product information and an online "Ask the Expert" department. The magazine and Web site launched a "Team of the Year" award last year to recognize manufacturing teams that are achieving the greatest improvements in efficiency and quality at their facilities.

"We are truly honored to have been selected as a Neal finalist this year," said Editor in Chief Agnes Shanley. "I'm privileged to work with such a great editorial team, including Managing Editor Paul Thomas, Digital Managing Editor Heidi Parsons, Contributing Editors Dr. Angelo De Palma and Doug Bartholomew, and the distinguished experts working in the drug manufacturing community, government and academia who contribute to our publications."'s e-newsletters focus on operational excellence, including the use of Lean, Six Sigma and OEE, as well as the application of process analytical technologies (PAT), radiofrequency identification (RFID), barcoding, and other technologies.

The Neal Award winners will be announced by American Business Media on March 23 at a luncheon in New York City.

Putman Media, LLC, based in Itasca, IL, publishes magazines and digital products, including web sites and e-newsletters, that focus on automation and the process industries. Putman's other print publications include Control, Control Design, Chemical Processing, Plant Services, Food Processing and Wellness Foods magazines. Putman also owns and operates a custom publishing business for industrial clients that include Rockwell Automation.

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