Program & Agenda


May 14 – 16, 2024

Loews Coronado Bay Resort

Coronado, California

Elevate Your Career

Enhance Industry Skills

Recognize and Celebrate Your Colleagues

What does a conference designed by industry professionals mean to you?


Healthcare packaging requires creativity, resourcefulness, and a specialized skillset. Each conference program will be developed to
present fresh material, new perspectives, trends and more so you walk away feeling empowered to handle your next challenge.


Healthcare packaging is niche. You need actionable takeaways that apply to your field. We’re creating topical programs that boost your current skills and fill knowledge gaps. When you return from thePACKout, you’ll see the immediate impact on your work.


As engineers, we’re always looking to anticipate the future needs of our industry and consumers. While we can’t give you a crystal ball, we hope to give you the tools to boost your creativity and take your ideas to the next level.

Our goal is to bring you a relevant, interesting, and actionable program that’s energizing and connects you with other industry professionals who speak your language.

2024 Agenda

Monday, May 13th

10:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Exhibitor setup (Location: Commodore Foyer, Floor 1)

12:00 PM – 6:00 PM: Attendee registration (Location: Commodore Foyer, Floor 1)

5:00 – 6:00 PM: Pre-event meet-and-greet (location: Commodore Foyer, Floor 1)

Day 1: Tuesday, May 14th
General Session

6:15 – 7:00 AM: Fitness Fusion (location: Sovereign Room)

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Registration and Networking Breakfast (location: Commodore Foyer & Commodore Ballroom AB)

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

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

9:45 – 10:10 AM: Networking Break

10:10 – 11:15 AM: Industry Power Hour

11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Overcoming the Supply Chain Hangover: Navigating Post-Pandemic Healthcare Packaging Challenges –Preethi Kasthuri, Eli Nasr, John Schneider, and Dennis Sullivan (moderator)

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

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

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Networking Break

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 – Matt TerBush and Malinda Elammari

4:05 – 4:30 PM: Industry Recognition

6:00 – 10:00 PM: thePACKout “Game Night” All-Attendee Networking Event

Day 2: Wednesday, May 15th

6:15 – 7:00 AM: Fitness Fusion (location: Sovereign Room)

7:30 – 8:00 AM: Networking Breakfast

8:00 – 8:10 AM: Day Two Kickoff (location: Commodore Ballroom)

8:10 – 9:00 AM: Day Two Keynote: Innovating in a Regulated Environment – Kim Chaffin, PhD, PE (location: Commodore Ballroom)

9:15 – 10:00 AM: Breakout Tracks

Professional Development Track  (location: Commodore Ballroom)

9:15 – 10:00 AM: Career GPS: Techies vs. Bosses – Which Lane Will You Choose? – Kim Chaffin, PhD, PE and Jenn Goff

Usability Track Theme: Attacking Usability with Healthcare Professional Insights (location: Constellation Ballroom)

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

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

10:00 – 10:30 AM: Networking Break

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 (location: Commodore Ballroom)

10:30 – 11:00 AM: Exploratory Approach to Characterizing Heat Seal Coatings – Jeremy Elwell and Jordan Montgomery

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

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

Process Track Theme: Process Optimization via Underlying Principles and Emergent Technologies (location: Constellation Ballroom)

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

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

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

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

12:00 – 1:30 PM: Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 PM: Breakout Tracks

Sustainability Track Theme: Sustainability Now! (location: Commodore Ballroom)

1:30 – 2:05 PM: Eclectic Innovation: Design for Sustainability Roundtable – Jack Ensing, Christian Hutter, Kristen Limos, Nathan Vanderschaaf, and Jen Benolken (moderator)

2:05 – 2:30 PM: Think Like an Ecosystem – Lauren LaSpina

2:30 – 3:00 PM: Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) – Haley Gorr, PhD, Brian Ingraham, Edgard Ngaboyamahina, PhD, and Sarah Webber (moderator)

Professional Development Track  (location: Constellation Ballroom)

1:30 – 1:55 PM: Sowing Success: Planting Seeds & Growing Your Career – 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 

2:15 – 3:00 PM: Crafting Your Career Narrative: Unpacking Personal Branding and Challenging Legacy Thinking – Sarah Rosenblum Ptach and Charlie Webb

3:00 – 3:30 PM: Networking Break

3:30 – 5:00 PM: Breakout Tracks

Sterilization Track Theme: Navigating the Horizon of Sterilization (location: Commodore Ballroom)

3:30 – 4:05 PM: Charting a Path Together: How Medical Device Manufacturers are Responding to the Challenge for More Sustainable, Resilient Sterilization Practices – Kim Chaffin, PhD, Vu Lekate, Amit Limaye, PhD

4:05 – 4:35 PM: Designing for the Future of Sterilization Innovation – Dan Floyd, Wendy Mach, and Andrew Patton

4:40 – 5:00 PM: Emerging Sterilization Modality Spotlight: Supercritical CO2 – Greg Mouchka

Design Track Theme: New Perspectives! (location: Constellation Ballroom)

Track Description: Coming soon!

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

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

4:30 – 5:00 PM: Real-World Perspectives: Using In-Silico Design to Transform Design for Sustainability and Deliver “Minimum Viable Plastic” Solutions – Nic Hunt and Nathan Vanderschaaf

6:00 – 9:30 PM: thePACKout Sets Sail: All-Attendee Networking Event

Day 3: Thursday, May 16th

6:15 – 7:00 AM: Yoga (location: Sovereign Room)

7:30 – 8:30 AM: Networking Breakfast (location: Commodore Foyer & Commodore Ballroom AB)

8:30 AM – 12:00 PM: All-Attendee Workshop (location: Commodore Ballroom)

12:30 – 4:30 PM: Exhibitor Move-Out (location: Commodore Foyer)



Curated educational tracks for any level.

Whether you’re new to healthcare packaging or a seasoned pro, join us to expand your industry knowledge with the latest thought leadership, research, and innovation.

Choose your own adventure from the topics that benefit you. Possible tracks include:
  • Technology and innovation
  • Regulatory and standards
  • State of the supply chain
  • Sustainability
  • Packaging design
  • Packaging materials
  • Packaging process qualification and validation
  • Package testing and inspection

Attending thePACKout® Conference is an investment in you, and we promise an ROI that will immediately impact your career.

Prepare for an experience like no other. With a customizable agenda, thought-provoking content, and cream-of-the-crop speakers, thePACKout will make its mark on your career.

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