the[PACK]out Med Device Packaging Conference Comes to Coronado, CA

The event, designed for healthcare packaging professionals by healthcare packaging professionals, takes place May 14 – 16, 2024, at the Loews Coronado Bay Resort in Coronado, CA.

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After successful events in 2022 and 2023 in Austin, TX, the medical device packaging conference, the[PACK]out, comes to Coronado, CA, from May 14 to 16, 2024. 

Designed for healthcare packaging engineers, the conference offers opportunities for education, networking, and mentorship, built for the industry, by the industry. Attendees can select from a range of topics, with breakout tracks for usability, professional development, materials, process, sustainability, design, and sterilization.

Register for the[Pack]out here.

Day 1: Tuesday, May 14th

General Session

6:15 – 7:00 AM: thePACKout gets moving! Optional group exercise

8:30 – 8:45 AM: Day One Kickoff and Opening Remarks

8:45 – 9:45 AM: Opening Keynote: Building Strategic Networks β€“ Jodi Glickman

10:15 – 11:15 AM: Industry Power Hour

1:30 – 2:30 PM: Professional Development Workshop: Pitching Yourself for Opportunity β€“ Jodi Glickman

3:00 – 4:00 PM: Usability Insights with Healthcare Users: How Aseptic Presentation Impacts Healthcare Workers and How to Incorporate Usability Lessons into Your Packaging Designs β€“ Matt TerBush

4:00 – 4:30 PM: Industry Recognition

Post-show: All-Attendee Evening Networking Event Lowes Coronado Bay Resort in Southern CA.Lowes Coronado Bay Resort in Southern CA.Lowes


Day 2: Wednesday, May 15th

Wednesday features breakout tracks on usability, professional development, materials, process, sustainability, design, and sterilization.

6:15 – 7:00 AM: thePACKout gets moving! Optional group exercise

8:30 – 8:40 AM: Day Two Kickoff

 8:40 – 9:10 AM: Day Two Keynote: Innovating in a Regulated Environment β€“ Kim Chaffin, PhD, PE

9:15 – 10:00 AM: Breakout Tracks

  • Usability Track Theme: Attacking Usability with Healthcare Professional Insights

9:15 – 9:40 AM: KiiP: Surprising Discovery! Cross-Disciplinary Engagement is a Challenge in our Professional Lives” – Min DeGruson, PhD and Melinda Harman, PhD 

9:40 – 10:00 AM: Medical Device Packaging Peel Opening: A Potential New Automatized Test Method Representative of Users’ Practices β€“ Christophe Simon

  • Professional Development Track Theme: Coming soon! 


10:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Breakout Tracks

  • Materials Track Theme: Engineering Value: Using Materials Science to Drive Critical Healthcare Packaging Design and Testing Decisions

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Exploratory Approach to Characterizing Heat Seal Coatings β€“ Jeremy Elwell, Jordan Montgomery, and Kevin Zacharias

11:00 – 11:30 AM: Analysis of PETG and APET Material for Performance Equivalency in Medical Device Thermoformed Trays β€“ Joey Gotchnik

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Wicked Stability: Oxidative Induction Time (OIT) Deep Dive β€“ Henk Blom, PhD and Jordan Montgomery

  • Process Track Theme: Process Optimization via Underlying Principles and Emergent Technologies

10:30 – 10:50 AM: Sealing Success: Navigating Common Challenges in the Tray Sealing Process β€“ Lynne Barton

10:50 – 11:10 AM: Quantifying Visual Seal Quality to Aid in Optimizing Sealing Processes β€“ Emily Graba

11:10 – 11:30 AM: Harnessing Technology to Error-Proof the Medical Device Kitting Process β€“ Bill Sanders

11:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Use of AI Technology in Packaging Machine Design and Controls β€“ Dominik Rotter


1:30 – 3:00 PM: Breakout Tracks

  • Professional Development Track Theme: 

1:30 – 1:55 PM:  Sowing Success: Planting Seeds & Growing Your Career β€“ Karen Polkinghorne

1:55 – 2:15 PM: New Kids on the Block: Navigating the Medical Packaging Industry as an Early Career Professional”– Greyson Hammer and Chris Kelley 

  • Sustainability Track Theme: Sustainability Now!

Track Description: The vast landscape of sustainability is undergoing rapid transformation, prompting packaging engineers to ponder their immediate actions in championing sustainability objectives – be it on a personal, corporate, or global scale. The sessions encapsulated in Sustainability Now! are designed to equip you with practical measures that can be implemented immediately, propelling you towards a more sustainable future.

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Think Like an Ecosystem β€“ Lauren LaSpina

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Networking Break


3:30 – 5:00 PM: Breakout Tracks

  • Design Track Theme: New Perspectives!

3:30 – 4:00 PM: Package Imagineering: Sparking Creative Package Designs Through Disney Thinking β€“ James Inabinett

4:30 – 5:00 PM: The Other Side of Usability: Understanding Packaging Design Impacts to Process β€“ Josh Bursack

  • Sterilization Track Theme: Coming soon! 

Post-show: All-Attendee Evening Networking Event 


Day 3: Thursday, May 16th

6:15 – 7:00 AM: thePACKout gets moving! Optional group exercise 

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Networking Breakfast

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM: Day Three Workshop 


View session abstracts here. 

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