HealthPack 2012

The annual conference for medical device packaging, HealthPack, will be held March 6-8, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM. The event promises in-depth presentations and rich discussion along with a companion table-top exhibition. Visit for details. Following is the line up of speakers:

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Conference Welcome by John Spitzley and Curt Larsen of Spartan Design Group

Wednesday, March 7
8:30 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m.
Keynote: “Exploring the Connection between Packaging and Sterilization,” by John Kowalski, Ph.D, Principal Consultant, SteriPro
Consulting and former executive director and chief scientist at Johnson & Johnson Sterilization Science and Technology.

9:00 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m.
“Voice of the Customer Survey—Part IV,” by Jennifer Neid Benolken, CPP, senior packaging engineer, St. Jude Medical; Jennifer Blocher, medical device applications specialist, Medical Applications Division, Sealed Air Corp.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
“ASTM D4169 Update,” by Bob Fiedler, principal associate–packaging optimization, Chainalytics.

10:45 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
“Hello Notified Bodies,” by Jennifer Bromm RAC, senior project manager, DEKRA Certification Inc.

1:00 p.m.  – 1:45 p.m.
“Expanded standards update - AAMI-ISO/ASTM/ISTA,” with Jackie Daly Johnson, president, Beacon Convertors, Co-Chair AAMI TC198, WG7, Packaging; Mike Troedel, Cardinal Healthcare, engineering manager, ASTM Committee F02 past chairman; Patrick Nolan, president, DDL, ASTM Committee D10 past chairman; Ed Church, executive director, ISTA.

1:45 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
“Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) Design Guidelines for Optimal Hospital Plastics Recycling,” Dan Penny, director of packaging engineering, Cardinal Healthcare.

2:45 p.m.  – 3:45 p.m.
“Voice of the Customer – Part IV: Live nurses focus group reviewing submitted package designs,” facilitated by Jennifer Neid Benolken, CPP, senior packaging engineer, St. Jude Medical.

3:45 p.m.  – 4:30 p.m.
Q&A with Nurse Panel Participants

4:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee (MDPTC) meeting.

Thursday, March 8
8:15 a.m.  – 9:00 a.m.
“Concept for a Mono Material SBS:  An All-HDPE Tray and Lid. What Are the Challenges?” by Darrel Blocksom, director of operations, TEQ (Thermoform Engineered Quality).

9:00 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m.
“Does Size Matter When We Talk about Pouches?” by Laura Bix, PhD, professor, Michigan State University School of Packaging.

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
“Update on Tyvek Transition Program,” by Michael H. Scholla, Ph.D., principal consultant, DuPont Protection Technologies.

10:45 a.m.  – 11:30 a.m.
“What Does Durability Mean for Flexible SBS Materials?” by Dhuanne Dodrill, president, Rollprint Packaging Products.

1:00 p.m.  – 1:45 p.m.
“Packaging Challenges for Drug/Device Combo Products in the Cold Chain Distribution System,” by Anthony Alleva, Technical Services Manager, TCP Reliable.

1:45 p.m.  – 2:30 p.m.
“Six Sigma Deployment for Complete Package Quality Control,” by Oliver Stauffer, vice president, inspection technologies, Packaging Technologies and Inspection.

2:30 p.m.  – 3:15 p.m.
“Intelligent Sealing Technology, Harness the ‘Art’ in Heat Sealing,” by Scott Fuller, intermittent motion product line manager, CMD Corp.

3:15 p.m.  – 3:30 p.m.
Conference Farewell, HealthPack Team, Input for HealthPack 2013, and huge prize drawings.

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