Plastics in Medical Devices 2012

Westlake, Ohio
Monday, June 11, 2012

June 11: Workshop
    June 12-13: Conference/Exhibits (View exhibits floor plan)
    LaCentre Conference Facility - Westlake, Ohio

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Monday, June 11
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1:00 p.m.-5 p.m.
"Reducing Tool Conditioning Time in Medical Molding"
Cameron Courtwright, Consultant/Trainer, RJG Inc.

Tuesday, June 12

7:30 a.m. Registration

8:30 a.m. Breakfast

9:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robert Grace,
Editorial Director, Plastics News Global Group,
and Associate Publisher & Conference Director, Plastics News

Sponsor Welcome
Craig Nikrant,
President, Global Specialty Engineered Materials Business, PolyOne Corp.

9:10 a.m.
“The Ups & Downs of the Product Innovation Journey”
Brian Gilbert, CEO, Future Path Medical Holding Co.
Claire Zangerle, President & CEO, Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio

9:30 a.m.
“Defining Innovation in Medical Device Design”
Ted Kucklick, President & Chief Technology Officer, Cannuflow Inc.

9:50 a.m.
“Begin at the Beginning: Asking the Right Questions at the Front-End of the Product Development Process”
Kevin Harper, President, Knowvention LLC

10:10 a.m.
Panel Discussion: “Making Innovation a Reality in Medical Device Design”
Participants: Brian Gilbert, Claire Zangerle, Ted Kucklick and Kevin Harper
Moderator: Angie DeRosa, Conference Producer, Plastics News

10:35 a.m.
Networking Break

11:00 a.m.
"How to Enter and Supply the Medical Device Market, Anticipate Trends and Envision the Future"
Nick Fotis, R&D Director - PreSource & Scientific Products, Cardinal Health Inc.

11:30 a.m.

11:40 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m.
“Metal-to-Plastics Conversions in the Marketplace”
Jay Haverstraw, Technical Sales Manager - Medical, PMC LLC 

1:30 p.m.
“Maintaining Creativity, Innovation & Sustainable Practices”
Chris Kaye, Vice President - Research & Technical Innovation, U.S. Endoscopy

1:55 p.m.
“Finding Innovation through Cross Collaboration in Medical Device Design”
Jeff Applegate, President, Blackwell Plastics Inc.

2:20 p.m.

2:30 p.m.
Networking Break
3:00 p.m.
“The FDA - U.S. Medical Device Industry's Referee”
Len Czuba, President, Czuba Enterprises Inc.

3:30 p.m.
"Understanding the Product Liability Risks Along the Supply Chain in the Medical Device Industry"
Andrew Cox, Partner, Thompson Hine LLP

3:55 p.m.
“Biomaterials Supplier Liability Issues, FDA Regulation and Managing Risk”
Rick Stearns, Partner, Keller & Heckman LLP

4:20 p.m.
Panel Discussion: “Managing the Product Development Process and FDA Regulations”
Participants: Rick Stearns and Andrew Cox
Moderator: Len Czuba

4:50 p.m.
Closing Remarks

5:00 p.m.-7 p.m.
Networking Reception

Wednesday, June 13
8:15 a.m.
8:45 a.m. Opening Remarks
Robert Grace, Plastics News

8:55 a.m.
“Innovation and Value-Driven Engineering in Orthopaedics”
Dr. Stephen Fening, Director - Orthopaedic Devices, Austen BioInnovation Institute of Akron

9:20 a.m.
“Applying Plastics Technologies in Stem Cell Therapies”
Co-Presented by Tom Houdeshell, President, Atek Plastics
& Tod Borton, VP - Technical Operations, Aastrom Biosciences Inc.

9:50 a.m.

10:00 a.m.
“Using External Gas-Assist Molding in Processing Parts for Medical Devices”
Dr. Michael Hansen, Sr. Technical Development Engineer, Mack Molding

10:25 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 a.m.
“How Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing) is Being Used to Create Innovative Products in the Biomedical Industry”
Ed Domanski, U.S. Director - Orthopaedics, Materialise NV

11:10 a.m.
“Leveraging Focused Infrared Thru-transmission in Plastic Medical Device Assembly”
Drew Jelgerhuis, Business Development-Life Sciences, Extol Inc.

11:30 a.m.

11:40 a.m.

12:00 p.m.


1:00 p.m.
Growth in LSR Molding
Liquid Silicone Rubber (LSR) is increasingly being used in medical applications. This segment will provide the perspective of a machinery maker, a mold builder and a processor involved in LSR.
Mark Hammond, General Manager, GW Silicones
        Steve Broadbent, LSR Process Engineer, Engel Machinery Inc.
        Greg Roembke, President, Roembke Mfg. & Design Inc.
2:00 p.m.

2:10 p.m.
"The Influence of HAIs and Hospital Disinfectants on Medical Device Material Selection"
Joseph Kutka, Global Business Development Manager, Healthcare - Geon Performance Materials, PolyOne Corp.

2:30 p.m.
Networking Break

2:45 p.m.
“Considering Fluoropolymers in Medical Device Manufacturing”
Co-presented by John Felton, Market Dev. Mgr., Daikin America Inc.
"Fluoropolymers in Healthcare Applications"
& Ken Kelly, General Manager, Performance Plastics Ltd.
"Injection Molding Fluoropolymers For Medical Components"

3:15 p.m.
“Keys to Successful Medical Part Validation”
Phil Juzwick, Development Engineer, Nexeo Solutions LLC

3:35 p.m.

3:55 p.m.
“Regulatory Pressures Faced by Medical Device Designers”
Elliott Pritikin, Senior Medical Market Manager, Teknor Apex Co.

4:15 p.m.

4:30 p.m.
Networking with exhibitors

5:00 p.m.
Conference Adjourns

Questions about the agenda or speaker program:  

Robert Grace
Editorial & Conference Director,
and Associate Publisher
Plastics News

Tel. (330) 865-6151

Angie DeRosa
Conference Producer
Plastics News
Office (330) 865-6195
Cell (405) 812-0666





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  • Conference fee  $795