Program & Agenda

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The LINE Austin
May 9 – 11, 2023
Austin, TX

Registration is open: $1,199 All Access Badge

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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 the[PACK]out, 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.


Monday, May 8th

Time TBA:

Time TBA:
Booth Set-Up

Day 1: Tuesday, May 9th
General Session

6:00 – 7:00 AM
Optional: Exercise Event

7:30 – 8:30 AM
Registration, Networking, & Continental Breakfast (Topaz Lobby)

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

8:45 – 9:00 AM
Keynote Opening, Paul Nowak

9:00 – 9:45 AM
Sustainability Plenary, Speaker TBA

9:45 – 10:00 AM

10:00 – 11:30 AM
Innovation Hour:

  • Answering the FDA Ethylene Oxide (EtO) Sterilization Innovation Challenge, Dr. Megan Frost and Kurt Yockey
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA
  • Q&A with Speakers

11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
Lunch A

12:15 – 1:00 PM
Lunch B

1:05 – 1:20 PM
Packaging – It’s More Than Meets The Eye: Putting the “Ability” Back in Usability, Arti Roth, PhD

1:20 – 2:00 PM
Can your Package “Take a Licking” and “Keep On Ticking”? How to Tackle Human Nature and Mother Nature with Robust Package Design, Brian Farison

2:05 – 2:45 PM

2:45 – 3:15 PM
Networking break

3:15 – 4:30 PM
Industry Power Hour
TED-Style Talks

  • ASTM F02 Primary Barrier Packaging Committee, TBA
  • IoPP MDPTC (Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee), David DiVaccaro and Tyler Boyd
  • KiiP (Kilmer Innovations in Packaging), Hanna Harris
  • SPMC (Sterilization Packaging Manufacturers Council), Dhuanne Dodrill
  • HPRC (Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council), Peylina Chu
  • AAMI Technical Committee 198, Working Group 7, TBA


4:35 – 5:00 PM
Industry Recognition

5:45 – 8:00 PM
Networking Reception @ P6 Rooftop Restaurant

Day 2: Wednesday, May 10th
General Session until 10am

6:00 – 7:00 AM
Optional: Exercise Event


7:30 – 8:30 AM
Networking & Continental Breakfast (Topaz Lobby)


8:30 – 8:40 AM
Day Two Kickoff


8:40 – 9:05 AM
Catalyzing Circularity: A Case Study in Adopting Certified Advanced Recycled Materials for Medical Packaging, Cliff Labbe and Rod Patch

9:05 – 9:30 AM
Unlocking the Potential of Advanced Recycling: Today’s Technology Landscape and Opportunities for Medical Packaging, Katherine Hofmann, PhD and Zach Patterson


9:30 – 10:00 AM
Creating a Business Case for Advanced Recycled Materials: Critical Questions from the MDM Perspective – A KiiP Collaboration, Deepa Rampura and Anna Thomas


10:00 – 10:30 AM
Networking Break


Breakout Tracks

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Foundational Track:  Using Damage Boundary Theory as a Tool for Sustainability, Nora Crivello

Tenured Track:  Reducing Sealing Variability and Increasing Process Capability, Lynne Barton and Ben White


11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Foundational Track: Wicked Stability: Project Progress and Workstream Updates, Nancy Battaglini, Jen Benolken, Henk Blom, and Rod Patch

Tenured Track: TBA


11:30 – 12:15 PM
Lunch A


12:15 – 1:00 PM
Lunch B


1:00 – 1:30 PM

Foundational Track: Building a Plane While Flying is Not Easy – Learn How ASTM is Developing a Guide to Help the Industry Meet or Exceed Requirements of ISO 11607 Section 7, Broc Couling, Arti Roth, PhD, and Matt TerBush
and Keith Weitz

Tenured Track: TBA


1:35 – 2:10 PM

Foundational Track: End of Life Journey of Medical Packaging: What You Should Know as a Packaging Engineer, Jamie Pero-Parker, PhD, Samantha Smith, and Keith Weitz

Tenured Track: Human Factors Engineering: How to Incorporate Usability Principles and Practices to Packaging Design to Create Safe and Effective Product-Packaging Systems for Your Users, David Grosse-Wentrup, Dipl. Ing. and TBD


2:15 – 2:45 PM

Foundational Track: Sterile Packaging Recycling Pilots: A Journey to Circularity, Nick Packet

Tenured Track: Connected Combination Devices Elevate User Experience, Mathias Romacker and Lisa Pierce


2:45 – 3:15 PM
Networking Break


3:15 – 3:45 PM

Foundational Track: Human Sustainability Through Connection and Vulnerability, Hanna Harris, Chris Kelley, Austin Liu, Seema Momin, and Jen Benolken (moderator)

Tenured Track: Medical Packaging From the Patient’s Perspective, Michael Johnston

TED-Style Talks

3:50 – 3:55 PM

Foundational Track: Session Intro, Nora Crivello

Tenured Track: Session Intro, Paul Nowak

3:55 – 4:10 PM

Foundational Track: TBA

Tenured Track: Packaging Groundhog Day: How Do We Challenge the Status Quo?, Nancy Battaglini


4:10 – 4:25 PM

Foundational Track: What is SBS Package Performance Testing 1, 2, 3 …, Jan Gates

Tenured Track: TBA


4:25 – 4:40 PM

Foundational Track: Comparing Impact of Distribution Hazards on Similar Packaging Systems – Adopting Bracketing Approaches to Meet Compliance, Seema Momin

Tenured Track: TBA


4:40 – 4:45 PM

Foundational Track:  Q&A with Speakers, Moderator: Nora Crivello

Tenured Track: Q&A with Speakers, Moderator: Paul Nowak

General Session

4:55 – 5:00 PM
Day 2 Closing

6:00 – 9:00 PM
the[PACK]out Takes the Mic @ Speakeasy

Day 3: Thursday, May 11th

6:00 – 7:00 AM
Optional: Exercise Event

8:00 – 8:30 AM
Exhibitor Time

8:30 – 8:45 AM
Introduction to Day Three Workshop

8:45 – 11:20 AM

11:20 AM – 12:00 PM
Live Q&A | Closing Remarks

Curated educational tracks for any level.

Whether you’re new to healthcare packaging or a seasoned healthcare packaging professional, join us to grow your expertise and knowledge of the industry.

Choose your own adventure from the topics that benefit you. Possible tracks include:
  • Technical Skills
  • Innovation
  • Leadership & Management
  • ASTM Standards
  • Healthcare Packaging Process Qualification
  • ISO 11607
  • Healthcare Sustainability
  • Healthcare Packaging Testing & Inspection

Attending the[PACK]outTM Conference is an investment in you, and we promise a 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, the[PACK]out in Austin, TX will make its mark on your career.

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