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Medical Packaging Education at its Best

Free, paid, and hands-on learning sessions at the co-located MD&M West and WestPack shows arm you with solutions and access to experts in the medical and packaging fields.

Lisa McTigue Pierce

January 23, 2024

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At a Glance

  • Explore emerging medical and packaging trends in Anaheim, California, Feb 6-8
  • Keynotes, workshops, conferences, and sponsored sessions cover packaging fundamentals, new technologies, and hot topics
  • Topics include stability studies, robotics, PFAS impact, recycling, and AI in packaging design

Innovation lives at the intersection of medical and packaging this February. Stay abreast of emerging trends and new technologies by attending the upcoming co-located MD&M West and WestPack events in Anaheim, California, February 6-8. These two shows are part of the broader IME West expo and conference that brings together five shows within Advanced Manufacturing. IME is Informa Markets – Engineering and is the parent company of Packaging Digest.

In addition to what you can learn from the more than 1,600 exhibitors, various in-person educational opportunities give you unparalleled access to industry experts and their brain trusts. We’ve got:

Keynotes

• Workshops: IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Packaging (sold out); Packaging Unboxd Conference: The AI for Packaging Conference

• Show Floor Education (free): The Pack Place and CannPack (Booth 5453); MedTech Theater (Booth 676); Design Alley (Booth 4011); Center Stage (Booth 234)

• Conferences (paid): Discover. Engineer. Build.; SPE/MPD MiniTec Conference

• Sponsored sessions: Lunch & Learn; Coffee Talks; and other seminars

Here are sessions related to medical and packaging that you might be interested in. Click the links to learn more about the session, including the speaker(s). Sessions are free unless otherwise noted. Sponsored sessions are free with registration.

Monday, February 5

PAID: IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging - Day 1
When: 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday, February 5
Where: Room 207B

PAID: Global Impact of PFAS on Medical Polymers & Devices
When: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m., Monday, February 5
Where: Room 201ABCD

PAID: Packaging Unboxd Conference: The AI for Packaging Conference
When: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 5
Where: Room 205AB

PAID: Progress Updates in Sustainability of Medical Polymers
When: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Monday, February 5
Where: Room 201ABCD

Tuesday, February 6

PAID: IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging - Day 2
When: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 6
Where: Room 207B

REGISTER: Global Medtech CDMOs: Update on Supply Chain Drivers and M&A Trends
When: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 6
Where: Room: 212AB

It’s About Time. Or is it?  Testing Medical Device Packaging Stability Studies and ‘The Way It’s Always Been Done’
When: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 6

A Better Approach to Medical Device Automation

When: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Design Alley (Booth 4011)

Confidence in Validation for CMM Inspection Processes

When: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

REGISTER: Eurofins Medical Device Testing Lunch & Learn & MD&M West Extractables & Leachables Learning Event

When: 11:45 a.m. - 2 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Room: 212AB

Time Is Running Out: The Importance of Time and Environmental Conditions on Contaminated Instrumentation

When: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Adopt ISO 13485

When: 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

De-Risking Robotics for Manufacturing

When: 1:00 - 1:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

Revolutionizing Healthcare Packaging: Sustainable Solutions Without Compromising Patient Outcomes

When: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

The Data Doesn’t Lie When Calculating ROI

When: 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

Technology and Clinical Trends Driving Innovation in Medical Plastics

When: 2:00 - 2:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

The Impact of Sterilization Modality on Connected Devices with Electronic Components

When: 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

Market Trends, Industry Transformation and the Future of Our Industry

When: 2:50 - 3:10 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

Creating a Regulatory Pathway to Enable Advanced Recycling for Healthcare Plastics

When: 3:00 - 3:45 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

PAID: Drug Delivery & Novel Processing of Medical Polymers

When: 3:15 - 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Room 201ABCD

Conformity Assessment Process MDR (EU) 2017/745 Including Regulatory Update / Timelines
When: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

From Crisis to Opportunity: Building a Thriving Future Through Sustainable Innovation & Transformation

When: 3:50 - 4:10 p.m., Tuesday, February 6

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

Wednesday, February 7

PAID: IoPP Fundamentals of Medical Device Packaging - Day 3
When: 8:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 7
Where: Room 207B

Keynote: Transforming the Future of Patient Care with Human Machine Interfaces (HMI)
When: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, February 7
Where: Level 3 Ballroom

REGISTER: Reusable Medical Device Validations – Practical and Safety Considerations
When: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7
Where: Room: 211AB

REGISTER: What EVERYONE Should Know About Designing a Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Device for Successful Mass Production
When: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, February 7
Where: Room: 212AB

REGISTER: What Opportunities of Manufacturing in Mexico Can My Company Explore and Capitalize On?

When: 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Room: 207C

Revolutionizing Strategic Sourcing and Supply Chain Management

When: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

Scaling Reuse: How Packaging Design Must Change

When: 11:00 - 11:45 a.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

Ambient Temperature Medical Device Sterilization with Chlorine Dioxide Gas

When: 11:30 - 12:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

The Flexible Packaging Association’s Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council’s Roundup

When: 12:15 - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

Revolutionizing Quality Control in Medical Device Facilities: Cost-Effective Root Cause Analysis for Particle and Fiber Contamination

When: 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

Integrating AI into Packaging Design: How Brands Can Create Attention-Grabbing Packaging for Today’s Visual World

When: 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

The Fundamentals of X-ray Sterilization

When: 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

AI and Cybersecurity in Industry 4.0: Promises, Pitfalls, and Pathways Forward

When: 3:00 - 3:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

Chlorine Dioxide Sterilization: The Emerging New Standard

When: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

How Thermoplastic Material Selection Impacts Durability and Sterilization of Medical Devices

When: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Design Alley (Booth 4011)

How to Be a Packaging Visionary

When: 3:30 - 4:15 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Pack Place (Booth 5453)

Attract & Retain an Awesome Workforce with People-Centric Technology Investments

When: 4:00 - 4:45 p.m., Wednesday, February 7

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

Thursday, February 8

REGISTER: Accelerate a Quality Culture in Your Organization

When: 9:45 - 10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: Room: 211AB

The Future of Marketing in MedTech

When: 10:15 - 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

Key Considerations for Successfully De-Risking Medical Devices

When: 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

Healthcare Trends Driving Integration in Complex Surgical Devices

When: 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: MedTech Theater (Booth 676)

Disruptive Technology for Next Generation RMP Films: RIC#1, Steam Sterilization and Toughness

When: 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: Design Alley (Booth 4011)

Future-Proofing Your Manufacturing Strategy for Regulated Medtech Devices

When: 2:30 - 3:15 p.m., Thursday, February 8

Where: Center Stage (Booth 234)

About the Author(s)

Lisa McTigue Pierce

Executive Editor, Packaging Digest

Lisa McTigue Pierce is Executive Editor of Packaging Digest. She’s been a packaging media journalist since 1982 and tracks emerging trends, new technologies, and best practices across a spectrum of markets for the publication’s global community. Reach her at [email protected] or 630-272-1774.

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