ISPE Pharmaceutical Engineering® Paper “The Promise of AI for ATMPs” Awarded 2022 APEX Award


2022 APEX Awards

“We are delighted to see the content and authors of Pharmaceutical Engineering® recognized for this article, which addresses a major area of ​​development and achievement for the pharmaceutical industry,” said Susan Sandler, Senior Director, Editorial, Pharmaceutical Engineering® .

ISPE was honored as the winner of a 2022 APEX Award for Publication Excellence in the Technical & Technology Writing category for the article “AI’s Promise for ATMPs” published in the November-December 2021 issue of Pharmaceutical Engineering®. This is the third consecutive year that Pharmaceutical Engineering® has been honored with an APEX Award.

The APEX Awards recognize achievement in writing, editing, and design across a wide range of communications across not-for-profit and for-profit publishing and communications organizations with Excellence Awards recognizing outstanding entries in 100 sub-categories and grand prizes for outstanding work in 14 major categories.

“AI’s Promise for ATMPs” was written by two ISPE members, William Whitford and Toni Manzano. Whitford is a leader in research and development for biomedical and biomanufacturing applications, Industry 4.0 and digitization with over 300 published articles, book chapters and patents. Manzano has led software projects for pharmaceutical companies for over 25 years, and his current company provides big data and artificial intelligence (AI) software-as-a-service (SaaS) platforms for the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

“We are delighted to see the content and authors of Pharmaceutical Engineering® rewarded for this article which addresses a major axis of development and achievement for the pharmaceutical industry. We are honored that PE has been honored with an APEX Award for Content for the third year in a row,” said Susan Sandler, Senior Director, Editorial, Pharmaceutical Engineering®.

“We have finally seen significant gains in pharmaceutical science and manufacturing operations through the application of AI. The power of AI can be applied to biopharmaceuticals is exemplified by the reported success of AI in predicting the structure of biomolecules via, for example, Alphabet/Google’s DeepMind AlphaFold,” said William Whitford, Head of Life Sciences Strategic Solutions, DPS Group.

“The specific power of AI in IMTs is to help solve the problems of processing patient-distal autologous cell samples and to support their evolving practices. The complexity and variability associated with the cellular process for patients, where in extreme cases each batch would be linked to a single patient, can only be adequately managed by AI mechanisms. Cytoskeletal organization, cell morphology and other biological features can only be automated using AI to deliver the right drug at the right time to patients,” said Toni Manzano, co-founder and CSO of ‘Aizon.

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About APEX Awards:

The APEX Awards are an annual competition for editors, publishers, writers and designers who create print, web, electronic and social media. Administered by Communications Concepts, Inc., the awards recognize excellence in publishing by professional communicators. The APEX awards are based on excellence in graphic design, editorial content and the ability to achieve overall communications excellence. Learn more about

About ISPE

The International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association serving its members through leading scientific, technical and regulatory advancements throughout the pharmaceutical lifecycle. ISPE’s more than 20,000 members drive solutions in the development and manufacture of safe and effective pharmaceutical and biological drugs and medical delivery devices in more than 90 countries around the world. Founded in 1980, ISPE has its global headquarters and training center in North Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and its operations center in Tampa, Florida, USA. Visit for more information.

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