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Tuesday, March 5

Noon - 4:30 p.m.

Exhibitor Setup

Noon - 7 p.m.

Attendee Registration (Grand Ballroom Foyer)

2 - 3:30 p.m.

Preconference Workshop: ISO 16775 (Pavilion Ballroom)
Paid registration is required.

Thierry Wagner
Regulatory Affairs Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa
DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection

4 - 5 p.m. 

IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee Meeting (Pavilion Ballroom)

5 - 7 p.m

Welcome Reception (Grand Ballroom)


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Wednesday, March 6

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Registration and Breakfast Buffet


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8:15 - 8:30 a.m.  Welcome/Opening Remarks
Jim George, Conference Director
8:30 - 9:15 a.m.

Opening Keynote
The Evolution of Packaging: Time to Move from Commodity to a Value-Added Proposition

Dr. Laura Bix
Assistant Dean for Teaching, Learning and Academic Analytics
Michigan State University School of Packaging

It is time for packaging professionals to redefine themselves; to assert the role package design can play in care delivery, waste reduction, energy consumption and more; to look beyond the siloed fragments in which we work and be part of holistic problem-solving. This strategy-focused presentation will show us all how we can elevate ourselves from a commodity to a tool for providing real value.

9:15 - 10 a.m.

Navigating the Complexities of Packaging and Labeling Postponement

Aditya Nallur
Staff Engineer, R&D Packaging
Stryker Neurovascular

This presentation will provide a business case study of key implementation findings and best practices associated with establishing value-added service operations at Stryker Neurovascular’s distribution centers—easing workflow and the time taken for stroke treatment. Nallur will cover areas including:

  • Packaging engineering and configurations
  • Labeling format and content for a combination of products
  • Setup of manufacturing and labeling systems
  • Setup of assembly operations and related quality outputs
  • Compliance with unique regulatory requirements
10 - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

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10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Flexible Packaging Material: Challenges and Opportunities for Recycling

Tristan Steichen
Project Manager
Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council
Nicholas Packet
Packaging Engineer

This presentation will provide an understanding of the current state of healthcare plastics recycling in the United States, including recycling challenges that hospitals and recyclers face. Steichen and Packet will also present, for the first time, the results of a study on flexible plastic packaging materials conducted by the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council and the University of Massachusetts–Lowell, along with viable strategies for recycling flexible plastics, physical property analysis and potential end-market uses.

11:15 - 11:30 a.m. IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee Update
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

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1 - 2 p.m. 

A Fireside Chat with the FDA

Moderator: Rod Patch
Senior Director, Packaging CoE
Johnson & Johnson

Patrick Weixel
Acting Deputy Office Director of Patient Safety and Product Quality
Food and Drug Administration

You won’t want to miss this conversational Q&A session, which will delve into a number of topic areas critical to medical device packaging professionals.

2 - 2:30 p.m.

Get Your Ideas Heard in a Complex Organization: A How-To Guide for Packaging Engineers

Jenn Goff
Director of Product Marketing
Oliver Healthcare Packaging

People are busy. How do you get them to pay attention when it matters most to getting the buy-in that packaging professionals need? With a variety of real-world examples and case histories, Goff will offer attendees solid tips and tricks to influence key stakeholders in their organizations.

2:30 - 3 p.m. Networking Break

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3 - 4 p.m. 

Voice of the Customer: Nurses and Technicians Panel Reviews Medical Device Packages
Led by IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee

A panel of local operating room nurses and medical technicians reviews medical device packages for examination.

4 - 4:45 p.m.  Q&A with Nurse and Technician Panelists
Led by IoPP's Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee
5 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibitor Showcase Area

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Thursday, March 7

7 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

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8:15 - 9 a.m.

Mobile Eye-Tracking: Getting into the Mind of the Customer

Dr. Javier de la Fuente
Assistant Professor
California Polytechnic State University

Mobile eye-tracking (MET) can be a tool in usability testing from early package design stages. However, utilizing MET technology in users' interactions with physical packages can be challenging and complex. This presentation will share an MET packaging usability study's findings on a combination drug product commonly used in emergency rooms. Insights will cover the experimental setup, calibration, eye-tracking metrics, raw data analysis and data visualization techniques.

9 - 9:45 a.m.

Live Audience Polling Session

Moderator: Randy Troutman
Business Development Manager
Printpack Medical

This popular session returns for the third year in a row. Have your smartphone ready. Your answers to a variety of questions enable you to begin benchmarking trends and approaches in the medical device packaging industry. HealthPack attendees receive a report from this session after the conference.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m.

Networking Break


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10:15 - 11 a.m.

ISO 11607 Update

Michael Scholla
Global Director, Regulatory & Standards

This presentation will describe the evolution of ISO 11607 to the current standard, focusing on the changes made to the 2019 version and strategies to deal with new requirements. Scholla, an internationally recognized expert on ISO 11607, will offer some considerations of possible approaches for the future.

11 - 11:30 a.m.

ISO TS 16775—The Way Forward

Thierry Wagner
Regulatory Affairs Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa
DuPont Medical and Pharmaceutical Protection

Wagner is the new convenor of ISO TC198/WG7 which has taken on the project to revise ISO TS 16775, the guidance document to ISO 11607. ISO 11607-1/2: 2019 was published in February as a revised version with its first new content since 2006. ISO TS 16775 is now getting an overhaul as well. The speaker will summarize the current status of the revision of ISO TS 16775 and the input on the guidance document received at the preconference workshop. He will also provide insight about what’s next and give an update on the validation of the new symbols for sterile barrier systems. 

11:30 - 1 p.m.  Lunch & Exhibitor Showcase

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1 - 1:45 p.m.

Panel Discussion: Packaging Validation Process and Design


Paul Marshall, CPPL
Managing Director
Conversant Packaging


Ryan Erickson
VP-Packaging Engineer
Packaging Compliance Labs

David DiVaccaro
DiVaccaro Consulting

Brian Farison, CPPL
Senior Manager, Medical Device Package Development
Johnson & Johnson

Thom McNabb
Principal Project Engineer
Medtronic Neurovascular

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Design and Evaluation of Thermal Insulation Packaging for Temperature-Sensitive Medical Products

Changfeng Ge
Graduate Program Director-Department of Packaging Science
Rochester Institute of Technology

Some medical products are required to be transported within an acceptable temperature range to ensure product quality is not compromised. This presentation will introduce practical approaches to designing and optimizing a gel pack in an EPS foam container, sharing data on how the initial temperature and layout of the gel pack/cool water pack—as well as the ratio of residual ice/water—affect the design and calculation of the pack’s adequate weight for keeping the product temperature within a designed range.

2:15 - 3 p.m.

Usability for Medical Device Packaging

Nirav Bhatt
R&D Manager, Package Engineering

The FDA’s emphasis on “usability” has increased in the last decade. Medical device packaging should expect more focus regarding usability in future revisions of guidance documents. This presentation will focus on what usability means to packaging, formative and summative testing, integration of usability testing into design and development phases, and best practices and common pitfalls.

3 - 3:15 p.m.   Conference Wrap-Up and Prize Drawing

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3:15 p.m. Adjourn

“There was a connected theme to many of the presentations that I was not expecting.”

Edward Dunn, Head of Global Supply Packaging Chain COE
Johnson & Johnson

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