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Virtual Engineering Week is bringing a full week of best-in-class education to the global design, engineering, and manufacturing communities. Join us each morning to hear from medical device industry professionals during the Medtech Mornings series, and in the afternoons to learn from engineering and manufacturing experts in areas like 3D printing, smart manufacturing, packaging, materials and sustainability, and career development.

All times listed below are PST (Pacific Standard Time).

Ask the Experts: Sustainability, Environmental Responsibility & the Medical Device Community

Len Czuba  (President, Czuba Enterprises, Inc.)

Vipul Davé, PhD  (Senior Materials Engineering Fellow, Johnson & Johnson)

Frank Pokrop  (Director, Regulatory Affairs, Quidel Corporation)

Randy Barko  (Executive Director, Board of Directors, Ximedica)

Date: Thursday, December 3

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Track: MedTech Mornings: Medical Materials

Vault Recording: TBD

The plastics industry has been hit hard to find ways to be more sustainable. Designing products that can be sustainably manufactured, distributed, used, and disposed of is hard. Medical devices must be effective, safe, and cost-effective, first and foremost. The desire to protect patients and clinicians from infections or other unintended consequences during a medical visit encourages disposability and results in additional packaging. Regulations, standards, and other requirements result in piles of "instructions for use", warning labels, and translations that accumulate in waste bins and clutter clinical spaces. How might we as an industry address sustainability in the development and manufacturing of medical products? You’ll hear from top industry experts who will discuss what the medical device community can do to alleviate pressure on the environment, help keep plastics out of oceans, promote sustainability and reduce environmental impact.

Topics covered include:

  • How manufactures and suppliers can partner with distributors and customers to better understand the actual life-cycle of a product
  • Identifying where and how the use of plastics can be reduced
  • Are single use medical devices the answer?
  • Case examples from leading manufacturers who are addressing the sustainability challenge and measuring success