AGENDA                           PRESENTERS

Conference program subject to change—More detail coming soon!

Tuesday, March 7

11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Tour of packaging areas at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO (Limited to the first 30 registrants.) 
4 - 5 p.m.  IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee Meeting (General Conference Room)
5 - 7 p.m Welcome Reception (Denver Marriott City Center)

Free headshots sponsored by Network Packaging Partners.

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Wednesday, March 8

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.

Split Personalities: Development and Compliance
Paul Marshall, CPPL
Manager, Global Packaging Technologies
Smith & Nephew

Many within the medical device community believe there is too much risk in trying to be innovative in medical device packaging where the regulatory compliance concerns or business risk may be considered too significant to pursue.  However, most MDMs would find themselves out of business if they took a similar position when developing new innovative products that are required to compete and meet ever-changing customer needs.

Although medical packaging may not yield the same return on investment or perceived benefit versus reward as a product, I would argue that it does exist and when done correctly, can mitigate risks and remain compliant with industry regulations while delighting the customer in the process. The key is to find balance and use design control methods to ensure that innovation is supported by management, completed in a compliant manner, and delivers on customer VoC.

This presentation will explore:

  • Why both innovation and compliance are important to MDMs.
  • How to methodically approach innovation to minimize business risk and optimize customer satisfaction.
  • Why innovation is critical to business success and how they co-exist together.
9:15 - 10 a.m.

Guiding Material Selection Through Function & Value
Jeffrey Barnell
Program Manager for Packaging Innovation

Making a value-based decision when selecting packaging materials requires a disciplined series of steps to ensure success, from establishing a good cost-tracking model to getting appropriate stakeholder input to setting a baseline and mapping to a budget. This insightful presentation will explore all the steps and how to effectively navigate them to select the most appropriate materials that maximize packaging’s value.

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Networking Break

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10:30 - 11:15 a.m.

Sterility Assurance: An End-to-End Supply Chain Approach
Joyce Hansen
Vice President, Sterility Assurance
Johnson & Johnson

Sterility assurance is a technical competency for end-to-end of the supply chain. For medical device manufacturers, this covers the design of the product from an R&D standpoint, the control of the manufacturing environment from a microbiological standpoint, the validation of the sterilization process, the product packaging and the controls through production sterilization and release.  This presentation will discuss the needs for focusing on the end-to-end supply chain process, collaboration needed between the sterility assurance and packaging organizations, and needs for products in the future. The presentation also will explore common pain points, underestimated time and work requirements, and how packaging engineers and sterility assurance can work closely together in the future

11:15 - 11:30 a.m.

Standards Updates

Jan Gates
Packwise Consulting
ASTM 4169, ISO TC122 (labels), WG05 (packaging terminology), WG09 (accessible design)

Dhuanne Dodrill
ASTM Committee F02 (primary barrier packaging)

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

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1 - 2 p.m. 

The Next Generation of ISO 11607
Nick Fotis
Global Director of Packaging
Cardinal Health

What if ISO 11607 required you to do microbial barrier testing after simulated distribution and aging for every device family or packaging change you make? What if it had a section regarding sustainability requirements? What if there were specific documentation requirements for usability? What if you are misusing the words variable & parameter or device & product? Or what if you had to do simulated distribution on all of your aging samples? Finally, what if you learned that a note in ISO 11607 that you were relying on, was not actually a requirement, but an option? Most engineers might be surprised at the changes that are proposed during the revision of an ISO standard. ISO 11607 is currently in the revision process. If you want to understand where it is at in the process, whether there is still a chance to make your voice heard and when a newly revised document will be available, be sure to attend this session.     

2 - 2:30 p.m. 

IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee Update
Updates from committee and sub-committee chairs

2:30 - 3 p.m. Networking Break

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3 - 4 p.m. 

Voice of the Customer—Nurses & Technicians Panel

A panel of local operating room nurses and medical technicians reviews medical device packages for examination. (Led by IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee.)


4 - 4:45 p.m.  Nurses & Technicians Panel Q&A with Conference Attendees
5 - 7 p.m. Networking Reception in Exhibitor Showcase Area

Free headshots sponsored by Network Packaging Partners.

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Thursday, March 9
7 - 8:15 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

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8:15 - 9 a.m. Live Audience Interactive Polling Session
Moderated by Randy Troutman
Business Development Manager
Printpack Medical
9 - 9:45 a.m. 

Objective Evaluation of Label Design for Healthcare Products

Laura Bix
Professor and Associate Director, School of Packaging
Michigan State University

Eric Joseph Estrada
Second-Year Master’s Program Student—Thesis focuses on the standardization of medical device package labeling
Michigan State University

Traditionally, package design has been product-focused, with design decisions driven largely by factors regarding production efficiencies, product protection, sterilization and sterile barrier systems. More frequently, designers also are employing a user centered approach to package design. When viewed through this paradigm, packaging has the potential to impact health outcomes by moving beyond commodity status. An increasingly global market, rising complexity in care regimens and increasing propensity to rely on ambulatory and home health environments for care combine with limited label space to challenge designers of labels for pharmaceutical and medical products. However, all too frequently, little science is employed to objectively evaluate and design the information conveyed through healthcare labeling. This presentation will discuss several tools that can be applied to measure the interface between people and packaging specific to perception, cognition and product selection. A brief summary of several research projects that apply the aforementioned methodologies tools will be discussed. 

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. Networking Break

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10:15 - 11 a.m. 

Applying Human Factors to Optimize the Usability of Packaging
Stephen Wilcox
Principal and Founder
Design Science

The discipline of human factors has been applied to medical device development for many years. Indeed, the FDA, in effect, made it a regulatory requirement in 1990 when it created the Design Controls Requirements (21 CFR 820.30). And the February 2016 FDA Guidance Document, Applying Human Factors and Usability Engineering to Medical Devices, provided detailed guidance regarding what the FDA expects vis a vis human factors. It turns out that the same methods that apply to device development also apply to the development of packaging, and the issues are conceptually similar. This presentation will discuss what some of these methods are, and how they apply to packaging. Specific methods to be discussed include real-world observational research (contextual inquiry) and usability testing—how they can be used to make packaging more usable and how they can address regulatory requirements, when necessary. 


11 - 11:30 a.m. 

Case Study: How a New Packaging Material Improves Sterile Barrier Protection & More

Gary Hawkins
Technical Medical Platform Leader
Eastman Chemical Company 

Additional speakers TBA

This presentation will cover a case study involving the launch, validation and adoption of a new copolyester packaging material that improved sterile barrier protection, safety, sustainability and design/use while also lowering total costs.


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

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1 - 2 p.m.

Panel Discussion: 2016 IoPP AmeriStar Medical Device Packaging Winners
Moderated by James Dwyer, CPP
Director of Technical and Customer Services
Mangar Medical Packaging


Kati Gordon Coll, CPP
Packaging Sustaining Engineer II, Advanced Surgical Devices
Smith & Nephew

Jason Crosby
Medical Business Manager
Plastic Ingenuity

Steve Studee
Senior Design Engineer
Plastic Ingenuity

2 - 2:45 p.m. 

Compliance and Documentation: A Toolbox of Tips for Audit Preparation
John Derek Thompson, CPP
Lead Sterile Packaging Operations Engineer
DePuy Synthes

This presentation will put the audience in the auditor’s seat with practical examples of audit-flagged documentation and common pitfalls in structure and language, providing a series of questions appropriate for each packaging document type as a takeaway tool to achieve proactive compliance, make auditable documents and be audit-ready. The presentation concludes with tips on preparation for an actual audit, drawing from the speaker’s specific experiences as both the one being audited and having been the actual auditor.

2:45-3 p.m.   Conference Wrap-Up and Prize Drawing

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3 p.m. Adjourn


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