Mr. Ger Standhardt, Executive Director

Ger Standhardt is manager Knowledge Development & Projects at the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre. With more than 550 member companies (recycling, retail, packaging design, packaged goods manufacturing, supply of packaging materials, inks and machinery, services) the NVC focuses on innovation, information, education and serving the interests of its members. Ger studied Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology and graduated on the Airline Meal of the Future (March 2007), an application case for RFID in airline catering. Since his graduation he has been working at the NVC Netherlands Packaging Centre as manager Knowledge Development & Projects. He is responsible for the content of the training and educational activities, like the NVC Course Programmes in Packaging for middle and upper management, and for setting up and running new projects. He has been running the NVC Project Pharmaceutical Packaging Innovation since 2011. In this project NVC-members share innovative solutions with each other in order to come to improvements or new applications together. The main themes are accessible design, authenticity, and improving patient adherence.
On 1 July 2015 Ger Standhardt succeeded Tassilo Korab as Executive Director of HCPC Europe.

Gabriele Iannizzotto, Chairman

Gabriele is Corporate Marketing-Innovation Manager at Palladio Group SpA & Plant Manager at Palladio Ireland ltd. He has been working for the Pharmaceutical industry for almost 20 years with distinguished performance as a Senior Business Manager. Highly accomplished with proven success in leading operations involving SME’s to large organizations in pharmaceutical secondary packaging Industry with comprehensive experience in marketing and innovation.

Innovation in terms of packaging in today’s environment, can really make a positive difference in the lifestyle of people. It can vary from new raw materials, safety, ergonomics, etc., etc. One of the programs that he is running is geared towards users which are categorised “Senior Friendly”. This has developed from a personal motivation as he has first-hand knowledge and an understanding towards people with severe vision issues and other chronic diseases. In only two and half years, his group has been able to bring to the forefront new concepts of packaging so to get ready for 4.0 re-evolution. This packaging combines different technologies with cardboard and links users with caregivers throughout IoT.

Dr. Thomas Dries, Treasurer

Thomas is physicist by education and he spent more than 15 years in R&D, mainly in the area of polymer film development. For nearly 15 years Thomas  has been engaged in the Marketing of polymer films for the packaging of food, non-food and medicines. In his current role as Market Development Manager Thomas raises awareness of the benefits of high moisture barrier Aclar®-films for the design of blister packs that meet both the needs of users and pharmaceutical stakeholders.  In June 2003 Thomas was elected chairman of HCPC Europe and re-elected in 2007 for another 4 years term. Thomas firmly believes that there is still  a huge potential in improving pack designs for medicines which are regulatory compliant on the one hand and that trigger positive responses from patients and in turn better outcomes of therapies on the other hand.

Martin Berlekamp, Board member

Martin Berlekamp studied chemistry at the University of Münster, Germany, from which he graduated with doctoral degree. Martin spent one year at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland where he was postdoctoral fellow for one year. In 1996, he joined a SME as Head of Application Technology for lacquers and varnishes. From 1999 to 2011, Martin worked for a global manufacturer of rigid films where he held various positions focusing on creating collaboration and interface between sales, customers, R & D and application technology. Mr. Berlekamp has an extensive experience working in Germany, Finland, Spain and Portugal.

Since autumn 2011, Martin joined Bilcare Research at their headquarters in Switzerland. His capacity covers global R&D management and strategic marketing & communications. He is a member of the board of ERPA (European Rigid PVC Films Association).

David Dronneau, Board member

David is Technology & Innovation Head at Sanofi Aventis. For Sanofi, packaging is a key element in order to ease the dispensation of the solutions we are providing and is part of the patient centricity mindset. We need to realize that the packaging is the first element manipulated by patients before to take their treatment. What does it mean? We have to design it in order to offer the best service for the patient: Obviously, take care about patient security and delivering a product having the best quality is the most important feature for a packaging but in addition, usability and adherence are key elements to guaranty success of the treatment. It is the challenge which raises HCPC and his(her) members.

To be part of HCPC allows sharing best practices, to exchange ideas and to promote that a friendly package is a must allowing increasing compliance, confidence in the treatment. It’s evidence that together we can really go further, push the boundaries and develop best practices. It is therefore essential to participle in such initiatives for the patient’s benefits.

Mr. Tassilo Korab, Chairman of the Advisory Board

Starting his career as an international Sales Manager, Tassilo has been in the packaging industry for more than 20 years. As a recognised expert in flexible packaging, he holds an MSc in Healthcare Economics, as well as having written several publications on patient compliance, standards and regulations for child resistant packaging and the war against counterfeits. Tassilo is Managing Director of TKM HandelsgmbH, a consulting company in the sector of flexible packaging for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries. He was one of the co-founders of HCPC Europe. Tassilo: “We know that improved compliance/adherence leads to better outcomes, hence better quality of life. I therefore feel that in the frame of my possibilites, I have to contribute to the work HCPC Europe is undertaking”. Tassilo has been on the board since July 2004 as executive director, and became chairman of the Advisory Board on 1 July 2015.