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Axia Institute Researcher Presents on Smart Packaging Innovations


Bahar Aliakbarian presents at SmartPack 2019

Midland, Michigan…September 18, 2019

Aliakbarian BaharAxia Institute researcher Dr. Bahar Aliakbarian recently presented at SmartPack 2019 in San Diego, CA. SmartPack 2019 brought together manufacturers, retailers, brand owners and CPGs to discuss key innovations and application advancements within both active and intelligent packaging.

Dr. Aliakbarian explained her smart packaging solution which has been developed to prevent the misuse and abuse of prescription drugs. This packaging innovation can also be used to enhance item-level traceability and as a medication adherence system. This solution is a combined platform of smart sensor-enabled software and anti-tampering features that are integrated with existing pharmaceutical packaging.

According to Dr. Aliakbarian, “addressing the opioid and prescription drug overdose epidemic is very important, and while it will take a multi-faceted approach to solve this problem, any contributions that can provide incremental progress should be explored.”

More information about the Axia Institute and its research portfolio can be found here.


About the Axia Institute

Located in Midland, The Axia Institute®, formerly the Midland Research Institute for Value Chain Creation, is a premier research and education center dedicated to developing effective and sustainable solutions to improve public and private value chains. Established by Michigan State University in 2013, The Axia Institute® partners with industry to solve grand challenges and conduct cross-disciplinary research in areas of value chain optimization, data analytics, engineering, smart packaging, anti-counterfeiting, and water and food safety. The Institute was founded by leaders in value chain creation and development at MSU, including the Eli Broad College of Business, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering, College of Social Science, and School of Packaging. Founding donors include The Dow Chemical Company, Dow Corning Corporation, Herbert H. & Grace A. Dow Foundation, Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation, The Dow Chemical Company Foundation, and the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.