The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) is the world’s largest not-for-profit association linking industry professionals and pharmaceutical companies through networking opportunities, technical resources, and professional development.

ISPE serves more than 18,000 members globally to deliver scientific and technical advancement in the pharmaceutical industry. Among its various online publications, the Pharmaceutical Engineering Magazine is a member only benefit which equips professionals with industry-leading research, development, and manufacture of medicines and medicinal devices.

ISPE engaged the teams at Unleashed Technologies and Beyond Definition to revitalize its online presence through digital innovation and the latest in open source technologies. The association aimed to provide an engaging web experience for its members, improve its website’s functionality, and elevate the site’s user experience and admin capabilities. 



Unleashed Technologies and Beyond Definition developed a comprehensive plan through our discovery process to fulfill ISPE’s vision of a new ispe.org. Our team successfully migrated ISPE’s legacy content to Drupal 8 which opened the door for innovation and creativity in the build. Drupal 8 enables websites to be responsive out-of-the-box, which means visitors can easily navigate the website seamlessly across devices.

In addition, our team leveraged Solr, an open source enterprise search platform, to allow users to conduct full-text search and analytics use cases.

The new ispe.org now features: 

Migration to Drupal 8 CMS - ISPE Drupal 8 Case Study

Migration to Drupal 8 CMS: We successfully migrated content to the Drupal 8 site which now offers the latest in CMS innovation including speed, flexibility, and scalability for the future.

Faster Page Load Times - ISPE Drupal 8 Case Study

Faster Page Load Times: Previous site averaged 11.32 seconds. The new site is much faster. The first page load is under 5 seconds for interior pages and almost instantaneous for cached pages.

Single Sign On (SSO) Portal - ISPE Drupal 8 Case Study

Single Sign On (SSO) Portal: We developed an SSO solution with iMIS AMS. Users are now able to sign on with one set of login credentials and seamlessly flow between sites automatically.

Members Only Information - ISPE Drupal 8 Case Study

Members Only Information: If a user is logged in as a member, dynamic messaging is displayed to the user. They also gain access to members only pages throughout the site.

Content Sync - ISPE Drupal 8 Case Study

Content Sync: Multiple types of content are synced from iMIS. This includes products, events, training courses, people, magazine issues, and users. ISPE is able to enter content inside of iMIS and those content changes are then synced down to the Drupal site. 


International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineering | ISPE Drupal 8 Case StudyFollowing the launch of the new website in August 2017, ISPE is now able to deliver dynamic content and engage members to expand the online pharmaceutical community. Its web pages can retain better engage visitors with decreased page load times and a dynamic design that captures the mission and vision of ISPE.

In addition to the solutions listed above, thousands of industry terms were migrated to the website for ISPE’s very own online glossary, yielding convenience and technical mastery its members seek.

With its Drupal 8 site, ISPE has now significantly elevated their user experience in order to be an online industry thought-leader in the pharmaceutical trade. Unleashed Technologies looks forward to continually improving and evolving the ISPE web presence in the coming months through our Growth Package model.

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