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Team Consulting and Valois Pharmaceutical Division Partner on New Dry Powder Inhaler Development

15 April 2004
Innovative Design to Utilise Unique Dispersion Technology

15 April 2004, Cambridge, England – Team Consulting Ltd, a leading product design and development consultancy, and Valois Pharmaceutical Division today announced they have embarked upon a major development programme to produce a novel breath-actuated multi-dose Dry Powder Inhaler (DPI).

The 'Bead Inhaler' will utilise a unique dispersion technology proven to deliver excellent aerosolisation performance, reproducible emitted dose and high fine particle fraction. A novel drug storage and release technology is also being developed. In addition to offering excellent delivery performance and moisture protection with a wide range of formulations, the inhaler will be compact and simple to use.

This programme reflects a strong relationship between Valois, the pharmaceutical manufacturing and packaging experts, and Team, who have a depth of experience in medical and drug delivery device development.

Salim Haffar, Associate Director, Business Development Valois, said, "Team's skills and proven track record in developing inhalation devices make them an ideal partner to help Valois in achieving its development milestones for the 'Bead Inhaler'."

Helen Slaski, Commercial Director, Team, added, "We're very excited to be working on this innovative development. The combined expertise of Valois and Team and our established relationship will deliver a product which offers great benefit to users."

Press Contacts

Diane Aston-James

Marketing Manager

Team Consulting

+44 (0) 1763 848959.

dea@team-consulting.com

Destanie Clarke

DestaniePR

On behalf of Team Consulting

+44 (0)7753 826162

destanie@destaniepr.com

Dominique Davoust

Valois Communications Manager

Valois Pharmaceutical Division

+33 (0) 1 39 17 20 41

dominique.davoust@valois.com

Marie-Noëlle Bas

Parole & cie

+33 (0) 1 49 26 93 85

parole.cie@wanadoo.fr

Notes to Editors:

Valois Pharmaceutical Division

Since its creation in 1947, Valois S.A.S. has been developing, manufacturing and marketing a variety of dispensing systems for the Pharmaceutical, Cosmetic and Perfume industries throughout the world. Valois S.A.S. is a subsidiary of AptarGroup Inc., based near Chicago (USA). AptarGroup's stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol ATR.

Team Consulting

Team is a leading product design and development consultancy. Our extensive design and engineering expertise enables us to translate creative and innovative designs into appropriate, cost-effective solutions that can be scaled up for volume manufacture and achieve rapid time-to-market. We work primarily in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries, but have also developed products for a range of markets including printing and packaging, office equipment and heating and ventilation. We work globally with a broad range of companies, from start-up ventures to multinational organisations.

We help our clients at all stages of the product development process, from strategy through design and engineering to industrialisation, and throughout we’ll manage and minimise risk.

We have an outstanding team of industrial designers and mechanical, software and electronics engineers, and we’re accredited to ISO 9001-2000.

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