Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging, a supplier of sterile-grade medical device and pharmaceutical packaging, reports that Lora Keena has been named an ASQ-Certified Manger of Quality/Organizational Excellence. Keena, who joined Oliver-Tolas in 2002, leads Oliver-Tolas’s Global Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs team and is responsible for Quality Systems worldwide.
Perfecseal, a division of Bemis Company and global supplier to the medical device, pharmaceutical and diagnostic packaging markets, is pleased to announce it was awarded the DuPont Packaging Innovation Award for the design of the Wire Coil Clamshell for Arthrex Inc. The company's “Wire Coil Clamshell” innovatively overcomes the challenges the medical field faces in assembling suture passing wire.
A single pouch has replaced a double-pouch system for packaging a drug-eluting stent, reducing materials, labor, and storage needs. The new package represents a 50% reduction in waste and a 46% reduction in storage space. Such accomplishments have earned stent maker Medtronic a 2011 Ameristar award in the Medical Device category from the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP).
HealthPack 2011 packed attendees in again this past March, with more input from nurses on medical device packaging preferences. This year, Jennifer Neid Benolken and Jennifer Blocher expanded their annual nurses survey to include mainly international professionals, and Benolken moderated another live nurses panel for evaluating actual packages. Feedback was frank and eye-opening, just as in past years. Benolken serves as senior packaging engineer for St.
Technipaq Inc., a manufacturer of flexible sterilizable packaging materials for the medical device, diagnostic, pharmaceutical, and other industries, announces its ISO 9001 certification of compliance with the International Organization for Standardization for quality management and quality assurance and ISO 13485 medical device certification for production in its Crystal Lake, IL, facility.
Automated Packaging Systems Inc. is expanding its operations in Streetsboro, Ohio, by acquiring two commercial buildings. The larger building is 173,000 square feet of combined manufacturing, office and warehouse space located on 32 acres at 600 Mondial Parkway, just three miles from the company’s corporate headquarters on Philipp Parkway. This building was originally constructed in 1995 and will be used to support future expansion plans for multiple product lines, including manufacturing of bag packaging systems and bag materials.
Four contract packaging and repackaging companies in the pharmaceutical industry have joined forces to create a new, single-source service provider, Aphena Pharma Solutions (www.aphenapharma.com).
Aphena is a new corporation based on a strategic alliance among Celeste Contract Packaging, PrePak Systems, TestPak, and Integrated Pharmaceutical Packaging.
Medical device manufacturers are often pressed to take costs out of a product over its lifetime, but they cannot risk any threats to quality.