Frontiers Health Digital Innovators: Aptar’s Sai Shankar


Continuing his Frontiers Health Digital Innovator's series, pharmaphorum’s founder, Dr Paul Tunnah, speaks with president of Digital Health Sai Shankar. At Frontiers Health conference live in Milan, Sai discusses the history and broad reach of Aptar in the pharmaceutical space and its recent acquisition of Voluntis. Aptar continues to look for valuable partnerships to develop and expand its portfolio, and Sai relays the importance of synergies between digital health applications and Aptar’s heritage when considering such collaborations. He provides advice for digital health companies looking to partner and details Aptar’s strategy when evaluating potential partners to ensure a positive patient journey. The pair touch on the regulatory changes over the last 18 months, and Sai gives his take on the future of regulations in different countries and whether the current momentum in the market will be maintained. Sai notes a positive dynamic developing within digital health, especially when it comes to personalisation, but says challenges exist in data gathering and ensuring proper data usage. Click play on the video below to learn more about how Sai says the company will continue to grow in regard to digital innovation and where its focus currently resides.

About the interviewee Sai ShankarSai Shankar, president, Digital Health, Aptar Pharma Sai has 20 years of product development and business strategy experience in the pharmaceutical industry. He joined Aptar in April 2017, having spent 15 years in big pharma - Allergan (CMC team leader, Head of R&D Packaging development, Product Development) and Sanofi (Packaging Engineering, Industrial Affairs). About the author Dr Paul Tunnah is chief content officer and UK managing director for Healthware Group. Prior to this, he founded pharmaphorum in 2009, which was acquired by Healthware Group in June 2020. He is a recognised author, speaker and industry advisor with a passion for helping organisations tell authentic stories that resonate, co-create solutions and unlock the power of digital and social media in connecting with customers and understanding markets. Dr Tunnah holds a BA in Biochemistry and DPhil in Biological Sciences from Oxford University.