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Stevanato Group Collaborates with IL Group to Improve Safe Processing and Handling of Hazardous Injectable Drugs - Stevanato Group
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October, 11 2022

Stevanato Group Collaborates with IL Group to Improve Safe Processing and Handling of Hazardous Injectable Drugs

The collaboration aims to integrate expertise in visual inspection with high-value-added solutions in drug containment and functional labeling to offer an integrated system capable of raising performance and safety levels in the production and handling processes of pharmaceutical companies

Stevanato Group S.p.A. (NYSE: STVN) a leading global provider of drug containment and delivery solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and life sciences industries, today announced its collaboration with IL Group (formerly Iwata Label Group) – an industry leader in the pharmaceutical label and labeling machine manufacturing. The companies are collaborating on a fully integrated and automated solution for hazardous injectable drugs, capable to cover the entire customer process, from infeed in production till final use. The new integrated solution will leverage high-value solutions for drug containment (vials) and container protection (labels) to improve and facilitate the handling and storage of sensitive drugs, as well as ensure higher levels of safety for healthcare professionals and patients.

The combination of Stevanato Group's innovative Vision Robot Unit (VRU) coupled with the IL Group’s model labeling technology, will allow customers to efficiently and automatically inspect cosmetic and particle defects in hazardous and sensitive drugs and their glass containers, without human intervention. VRUs enable the performance of advanced inspection operations, while gently handling the containers to reduce breakage risks.

In addition to the integration of visual inspection and labeling machines, Stevanato Group and IL Group will offer customers a unique solution for drug containment and vial protection that includes SG EZ-fill® vial platform, and the Vial Protect Pack (VPP) by IL Group, a shrink tack label to the vials, which minimizes the risk of breaking and shattering and prevents the content from spilling.

“Collaborating with IL Group was a natural fit for Stevanato Group,” said Andrea Zambon, Corporate Business Development Senior Director of Stevanato Group. “In our common mission to fuel the technological development of the pharma ecosystem, we support customers with advanced technologies and equipment, along with the best drug containment solutions, adding value and enhancing the safety of patients and health professionals”.

Masato Iwata, President of IL Group had the following comments: "For the past 45 years IL Group has specialized in providing optimal pharmaceutical packaging solutions to healthcare professionals in Japan. However, thanks to our new collaboration with Stevanato Group, we will combine our uniquely innovative technologies to face a new challenge. Together with Stevanato Group, IL Group will work to deliver safety and peace of mind to healthcare professionals and patients all around the world while maintaining the highest level of quality."

About Stevanato Group
Founded in 1949, Stevanato Group is a leading global provider of drug containment, drug delivery and diagnostic solutions to the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and life sciences industries. The Group delivers an integrated, end-to-end portfolio of products, processes and services that address customer needs across the entire drug life cycle at each of the development, clinical and commercial stages. Stevanato Group’s core capabilities in scientific research and development, its commitment to technical innovation and its engineering excellence are central to its ability to offer value added solutions to clients. To learn more, visit:

About IL Group
IL Group, formerly Iwata Label Group, is a specialty manufacturer of pressure-sensitive adhesive labels and labelling machines for pharmaceutical products. Located in Aichi, Japan and founded in 1962, the group has a history of creating innovative, ground-breaking products. Holding over 50% of the market share in Japan, it provides solutions to the pharmaceutical industry throughout the country. Since IL Group produces both labels and labelling machines, it can support and find the perfect fit for any customer’s needs. Now, IL Group is looking beyond Japan’s borders to provide innovative solutions to current needs and problems in the global market.

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