HealthPack 2013 to Cover Medical Device Packaging Standards, Technologies

HealthPack 2013 will be held March 12-14 at the Marriott Louisville Downtown in Louisville, KY. The annual conference covers the latest medical device packaging issues and new technologies and is accompanied by a table-top exhibition that begins the evening of March 12. For details, visit

A tour of the UPS World Hub and Healthcare Logistics facilities will take place on Tuesday, March 12 from 11:15 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., giving attendees the chance to see how medical device packaging is handled during transportation.

HealthPack 2013’s media partner is Pharmaceutical & Medial Packaging News and was developed in cooperation with IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee.

Following is the packed conference agenda:


Wednesday, March 13

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Joyce Hansen, V.P. of Sterile Process Technology, Johnson & Johnson

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Voice of the Customer - Part III, Jennifer Foreman, Medical Device Applications Specialist, Medical Applications Division, Sealed Air Corp.

10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Standards Update
- AAMI TC198, WG7 -- Jackie Daly Johnson, Beacon Converters
- HPRC (The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council) -- Karen Polkinghorne, DuPont North America Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection Technologies
- ASTM International Committees F02 Flexible Barrier Packaging -- Dhuanne Dodrill, Rollprint Packaging Products
- ASTM Committee D10 Packaging -- Pat Nolan, DDL
- International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) -- AJ Gruber, ISTA

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
IoPP MDPTC Packaging Sterilization Compatability Task Group, Michael Tokarski, KCI

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Test Method Correlation, Jordan Montgomery, Medtronic CRM

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Voice of the Customer – Part IV, Jennifer Neid Benolken, CPP, Smith Industries

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 Meeting

Thursday, March 14

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Case Studies and Practical Interpretations of ISO 11607, Gerry Gunderson and Todd Engelken, QTS

9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Counterfeiting Practices within the Medical Device Industry--Benchmarking and State of the Industry, Karen Greene, Life Packaging Technology; Doug Moyer; Adjunct Professor, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, MSU School of Criminal Justice, Ph.D. Candidate, MSU School of Packaging

10:00 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
Can Your Sterile Barrier System Be Your Label? Russell Darley

10:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
A Hitchhikers Guide to the Material Change Galaxy? Dr. Henk Blom, Director of Technical Services, Rollprint

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Optimization of Tyvek for EtO Sterilization, Denise Dacey, Principal Package Engineer, Johnson & Johnson

1:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
FDA Insiders View, Patrick Weixel, Postmarket Team, Division of Radiological Health, Office of In Vitro Diagnostics Devices, CDRH, US FDA; Audit Findings and Recalls Related to Medical Device Packaging

2:30 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Impulse Heat Sealer Validation, Jan Gates, Packwise Consulting

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Conference Farewell: John Spitzley and Curis Larsen

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