HealthPack 2016 

March 15-17
Astor Crowne Plaza
739 Canal Street and Bourbon Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

ALERT! The Astor Crowne Plaza is SOLD OUT of the HealthPack group rate and the hotel is sold out of general rooms on several nights over the conference.  If you are planning to stay over these dates, we’ve listed some hotels near the Astor Crowne Plaza.  Please note: HealthPack does not have room blocks secured at these hotels and rates and availability may vary depending on when you make your reservation.

Alternative hotel options walkable to the Astor Crowne Plaza:

Hyatt French Quarter: +1-504-586-0800

JW Marriott: +1-504-525-6500

Wyndham French Quarter: +1-504-529-7211

Or you can follow this link for other New Orleans hotel options.

(Subject to change)


12:30-2:30 p.m.
Tour of New Orleans BioInnovation Center, New Orleans, LA
(limited to the first 75 registrations)

4:00-5:00 p.m.
IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee meeting
(General conference room)

5:00-7:00 p.m.

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7:00-8:15 a.m.

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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
Miles of Smiles: How Your Works Makes a Difference in a Developing Country

Reinhard Juraschek

Associate Director R&D
Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon

Reinhard Juraschek has been a product innovator and execution driver for nearly 20 years in both medical device/ diagnostics and consumer products, with a broad background in science and biomechanical engineering. His work in plastic surgery has inspired him to join the humanitarian organization IOWA MOST for the past five years on annual surgery missions in Guatemala, where he provides hands-on help in the OR and recovery ward, and organizes supplementary local outreach health missions and patient logistics services. Reinhard will be fresh off his latest mission to Guatemala in February, and he’ll discuss how your packaged medical devices are making a difference in a developing country, with a tip or two along the way.

9:15-10:00 a.m.
User-Centered Design in the Healthcare Industry

Ellen Di Resta

Innovation Professional and Strategic Advisor
Consumer + Healthcare Experience Design

The healthcare industry has well-established processes to ensure efficiency and reduce errors. Yet many of these processes are established as workarounds to accommodate less than desirable use experiences. How can we get good feedback from care providers on products that may present completely new solutions to existing problems?  And if you do get good feedback, how do you develop a new product in an industry where the process funnels new ideas into incremental improvements rather than true innovation? This presentation will provide a framework for approaching the creation of new ideas in the development process.

10:00-10:30 a.m.

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10:30-11:15 a.m.
Lean Principles for the Packaging Engineer
Uzair Rajput
Director, Quality Engineering and Operational Excellence
LifeNet Health

Lean principles are the foundation of any sustainable success. This presentation will highlight how lean thinking may be utilized while developing packaging. Lean thinking and tools deliver on customer expectations for quality, speed and efficiency. But myriad issues can arise along the way that can make it difficult to deliver on customer expectations. How can you foresee the issues so you may prevent them? How do you solve those that occur? And, learn how you, as a packaging engineer, can make your presence more strongly felt in package development that achieves company objectives.

11:15-11:30 a.m.
Standards updates

Dhuanne Dodrill

ASTM Committee F02

Jan Gates
Principal Packaging Engineer
Packwise Consulting
D4189, D7386

Jackie Daly Johnson
Beacon Converters
Working Group 7, ISO, 11607

11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

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1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Regulatory Planning and the Implications for Strategy

David Lin
Senior Consultant
Biologies Consulting Group

In this enlightening presentation, David will cover specific insights into planning for FDA regulations in light of strategy, finance needs and the concerns of prospective partners and investors. As a former Division Director at FDA/CDER and Deputy Division Director at FDA/CDER, and with a background in review experience in numerous therapeutic areas, David currently focuses his expertise on providing regulatory and technical assistance to biotech and pharmaceutical companies planning to conduct clinical studies  and to obtain approval to market prescription products in the U.S.

2:00-2:30 p.m.
Design for Storage
IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee

The committee will present design considerations for hospital storage and challenges/opportunities, with observations and photos from hospital visits.

2:30-3:00 p.m.

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3:00-4:00 p.m.
Voice of the Customer—Nurses & Technicians Panel
A panel of local operating room nurses and medical technicians reviews medical packages for examination. (Led by IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee.)

4:00-4:45 p.m.
Nurses & Technicians Panel Q&A with Conference Attendees

5:00-7:00 p.m.

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7:00-8:15 a.m.

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8:15-8:45 a.m.
Myth-Busting the 1-lb Minimum Peel Strength

Geoff Pavey
Technology Manager - Technical Fellow
Oliver-Tolas Healthcare Packaging

Packaging engineers are often faced with legacy or arbitrary acceptance criteria for packaging qualifications. Minimum peel strength requirements are no exception.  Peel strength requirements improperly aligned with the application can present unnecessary challenges for medical device packaging. This presentation will address the perceived 1-lb/in. minimum seal strength requirement used in the industry.  Where did it come from? Is it relevant? Is it right for me? What is required? These are all common questions regularly asked. Discussion and open dialogue on peel strength test methods and the variables which influence the values will be addressed. A review of regulatory and other references to peel strength also will be explored.

8:45 -9:15 a.m.
Voice of the Customer—Industry Data Survey

Liz Tierney
Healthcare Packaging

An examination of current industry trends and developments, based on your input.

9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Materials update sessions

Flexible packaging:

Henk Blom

Director of Technical Services

Rigid packaging:

Gary Hawkins

Chemical Engineer
Eastman Chemical Company 

9:45-10:15 a.m.

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10:15-11:00 a.m.
Test Method Validation: Necessary Evil or Innovation Enabler?

Brian Farison
Manager, Execution Excellence
Johnson & Johnson

In this must-see session, you will hear a fresh take on what test method validation is, and how it contributes directly to innovation effectiveness. Learn the basics of test method validation, good study design, and how structure and measurement certainty link to innovation.  Brian will also take you “behind the curtain” to expose key pitfalls of test method validation and how to avoid them.

11:00-11:30 a.m.
Simplifying the Peel Test and Peel Test Validation
Natalya Peskin
Senior Biomedical Engineer
Microsurgical Technology

Microsurgical Technology had the goal of overcoming standards restrictions that added unnecessary steps and complexity to its peel testing. This presentation will detail which steps can be omitted and why, without any impact on test results. In addition, the discussion will explain the test methods sample preparation and the logic used for testing only some types of seals and extrapolating results on other seals. 

11:30-1:00 p.m.

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1:00-2:00 p.m.
Preparing for a Natural Disaster: Lessons Learned


Michelle Maskaly
Editorial Director
Healthcare Packaging


Darren Jorgenson
Principal & Practice Leader, Packaging Optimization

Laure Larkin, CPP
Associate Director of Stability

Karen Polkinghorne
Packaging Engineer & MDM Specialist
DuPont Medical Packaging

Grant Walker
VP, Supply Chain
Ochsner Health System, New Orleans

This must-attend panel discussion will look at impacts of natural disasters on supply chain and packaging from multiple perspectives, with lessons learned, key insights and solutions.

2:00-3:00 p.m.
Package Development Change Management: Moving from Tactical to Strategic

Timothy Marsh
Chief Marketing Officer
Network Packaging Partners

Packaging organizations in today’s medical device and pharmaceutical industies face unprecedented challenges due to internal and external environments. There is constant pressure to do more with less, and sustainable approaches to dealing with change are difficult to achieve. This talk will explore what makes strategic approaches to change management so difficult and what individuals and organizations can do to approach the problem more effectively.

3:00-3:15 p.m.

Conference Wrap-Up and Prize Drawing

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3:15 p.m. 


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