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3MDDS Wins European Outsourcing Award

ST. PAUL, Minn – November 23, 2011 – 3M Drug Delivery Systems Wins European Outsourcing Award. Recognised for "Most Effective Drug Discovery/Development Programme. 3M Drug Delivery Systems was recently honored at the European Outsourcing Awards in the category of "Most Effective Drug Discovery/Development Programme." The recognition was bestowed for the company's work to develop a new Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI) product with the addition of the 3M™ Integrated Dose by Dose Counter.

"We are honored by this recognition and proud of the work that went into this programme," said David Newall, European Business Development Manager for 3M Drug Delivery Systems. "Not only were we able to meet an ambitious timeline, but we achieved a single-cycle review. 3M's experience and expertise in product development and manufacturing were invaluable in this project."

The European Outsourcing Awards are organized by Via Connect, a subsidiary of Via Media UK Ltd. The awards are designed to reward successful companies for their innovation, dedication, application and excellence throughout the bio/pharmaceutical outsourcing and wider business community. The award for Most Effective Drug Discovery/Development Programme emphasises effective planning and project management, with entrants judged on evidence of new product strategy, market analysis, opportunity identification and the alignment of technology and research to overcome development challenges and respond to market needs.

In its winning development programme, 3M Drug Delivery Systems helped its pharmaceutical partner meet a challenging delivery schedule, address changes in FDA regulatory guidance, and differentiate its product - a pMDI for asthmatics - for a competitive advantage. In addition, 3M Drug Delivery Systems developed a new process for product stabilisation and introduced innovations to improve patients' experiences with the new device to ensure prodcut quality.."

The European Outsourcing Awards are presented annually at a gala dinner, which was held this year on October 26 in Frankfurt, Germany. The event celebrates outsourcing excellence in the pharmaceutical community. More than 250 people representing more than 80 global companies were in attendance to recognise new and significant development in conrtact services."

Since creating the first metered-dose inhaler 50 years ago, 3M Drug Delivery Systems has continued to lead in the development of new technologies for inhaled drug delivery. The Integrated Dose by Dose Counter is one of the latest examples of the company's innovation. The dose counter is both patient and manufacturer-friendly, with a design that eliminates both under-counting and over-counting. Its familiar look and clear display require no additional training for patients. The dose counter is compaitlbe with the most popular valves, and can also be customised to fit the needs of individual pharmaceutical partners.

About 3M Drug Delivery Systems

3M Drug Delivery Systems partners with pharmaceutical and biotech companies to develop pharmaceuticals using 3M's inhalation or transdermal drug delivery technology. 3M offers a full range of feasibility, development and manufacturing capabilities combined with regulatory guidance to help bring products to market. In-house resources, including toxicology, regulatory expertise, quality assurance, operations, and marketed product support, are available for each step of the development and commercialization process. This depth of resources is one reason why more than 50 percent of all metered-dose inhalers worldwide and 80 percent of all transdermal systems in the United States utilize 3M drug delivery technology. For more information, please visit or call 1-800-643-8086.

About 3M

3M captures the spark of new ideas and transforms them into thousands of ingenious products. Our culture of creative collaboration inspires a never-ending stream of powerful technologies that make life better. 3M is the innovation company that never stops inventing. With $27 billion in sales, 3M employs about 80,000 people worldwide and has operations in more than 65 countries. For more information, visit or follow @3MNews on Twitter.

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