Aaron L. Brody

With plastics rapidly assuming a major role over other materials in food packaging, enhancements of polymer technologies will inevitably generate greater influence over the protection of foods and beverages from maker to consumer—and beyond.

Emerging from an initially surprising geographic confluence of Auburn, Ala., and Cambridge, Mass., three-component plastic has quietly caused a true revolution in pharmaceutical and diagnostics packaging. Diabetics are familiar with their daily routine of ope…

Fig. 1—Microscopic channel structures within plastic packaging allow controlled transport of small molecules of active substances.

Fig. 2—Active sleeves inside vials can be composed of a desiccant to maintain specific environmental conditions within the vial.

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