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On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Jeff Barrett President and CEO of J-Pac Medical. Jeff gives keen insight from the point of view of a contract provider of assembly, packaging, and sterilization. Because contract packagers see a variety of packaging configurations, materials, and sterile delivery requirements, their global vista often can provide fast solutions for a host of healthcare packaging challenges.About: Jeff BarrettJeff Barrett is the President and CEO of J-Pac Medical. Jeff has more than 25 years of experience building high-growth medical product-based companies. He leads the advancement of J-Pac’s growth strategy, pursuing opportunities to further drive adoption of the company’s offerings and optimizing capabilities to better serve customers.Prior to joining J-Pac Medical, Barrett held CEO positions at GI Supply and Optim LLC and Vice President of Operations roles at Haemonetics and Aspect Medical Systems. He is also a successful entrepreneur. By applying his operational and engineering aptitude, Barrett founded Eggrock Modular Solutions, which became a disruptive business in the building technology industry. Barrett has proven expertise building and managing high-performance management teams, developing and implementing optimized operating infrastructure and manufacturing processes, and both improving existing product pipelines and growing new ones.Barrett holds an MBA from Boston University’s Graduate School of Management, a B.S. in industrial engineering, and a B.A. in economics from Rutgers University. Websites: https://www.J-pacmedical.comE-mail: JBarrett@j-pacmedical.comPhone: 603-692-9955
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb has an edifying conversation with Jeremy Stackawitz from Senzo about the future of at-home diagnostics systems. As this new market grows in healthcare it is a great time to ponder how medical device packaging will support this new end-point.  This new paradigm will surely launch new growth for medical device and diagnostic packaging machines and material providers. About Jeremy Stackawitz:Jeremy holds a science degree from Dartmouth and earned his MBA in Healthcare management from Wharton. He has 25+ years in healthcare with 15 of those years in diagnostics. At present Jeremy is CEO of Senzo, he resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and 3 kids and loves bringing innovative products to market.  About Senzo:Senzo, is a leading in vitro diagnostics company, that recently announced the successful development, and completion of a new 7-minute Covid-19 lateral flow rapid antigen Self-Test with the same accuracy as professional laboratory PCR tests, the industry’s gold standard. In an operator-blind study of 59 positive and 101 negative Covid-19 test samples, across all major variants, the Senzo Amplified Lateral Flow (ALF) test achieved 98.3% positive percent agreement (PPA) and 99.0% negative percent agreement (NPA) with PCR results, and 100.0% positive percent agreement (PPA) for samples with a Ct value between 33 - 38, representing very low levels of target nucleic acid in the sample. LinkedIn:https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremystackawitz/Websites:http://www.senzo.comhttps://www.emdevicelab.com E-mail:Jeremy@senzo.com 
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with founding members of the Pack-Out conference that will be held in Austin Texas, May 10-12. The Pack-Out promises to bring an exciting new attendee experience designed to facilitate peer connection and foster industry learning. Listen in and learn more about this exciting new medical device packaging professional conference.About: The Pack-Out conference:To advance the industry and continue building a strong community, we need a new, single-industry event that meets the needs of both packaging engineers and suppliers – we’re ready for [out]standing!The problem is, there are limited options available for our specialized profession, the content and accommodations of legacy events have not kept pace with expectations, which leaves the healthcare packaging community without an acceptable forum to come together and share ideas that advance the industry and build strong networks. We came together and created the[PACK]out because we believe the future of healthcare packaging shouldn’t be left in the hands of event planners. As industry packaging professionals and suppliers, we understand how frustrating it can be to spend precious marketing dollars at conferences that don’t produce the results you’d hoped for and lack consistent technical content, which is why a team of industry professionals came together to change the model. (description from the Pack-Out website)LinkedIn connections for today's guests:Rod Patch: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rod-patch-756227a/Sarah Rosenblum: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarahrosenblum/Jenn Goff : https://www.linkedin.com/in/jenn-goff-8714785/Karen Polkinghorne: https://www.linkedin.com/in/karen-polkinghorne/Kiley Djupstrom: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kileydjupstrom/Websites: https://www.thepackout.comE-mail: info@thepackout.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb continues his conversation with Pat Kothe a medical device innovator and host of the mastering medical device Podcast. On this two-part podcast, they cover a gambit of issues surrounding medical device and packaging development including sustainability, innovation hierarchies, and balancing the voice of the customer with product development.About SPOT Radio guest Pat KothePat Kothe has spent his entire career in the Medical Device industry and is currently the CEO of EM Device Lab, Inc., an early-stage company that provides a breakthrough product for treating abscesses. During his career, he and his teams have successfully launched over 50 implantable and external hardware and software devices, including brain health assessment devices, ECG algorithms, heart valves, and interventional and diagnostic cardiology products. He was founding CEO at NeuroChaos Solutions and contributed to Marketing and Sales leadership roles at Monebo Technologies, Sulzer CarboMedics, Mallinckrodt Medical, and American Hospital Supply Corporation. Pat earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Carroll University.LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-kothe Websites:https://www.masteringmedicaldevice.com https://www.emdevicelab.com E-mailpkothe@emdevicelab.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Pat Kothe a medical device innovator and host of the mastering medical device Podcast. On this two-part podcast, they cover a gambit of issues surrounding medical device and packaging development including sustainability, innovation hierarchies, and balancing the voice of the customer with product development.About SPOT Radio guest Pat KothePat Kothe has spent his entire career in the Medical Device industry and is currently the CEO of EM Device Lab, Inc., an early-stage company that provides a breakthrough product for treating abscesses. During his career, he and his teams have successfully launched over 50 implantable and external hardware and software devices, including brain health assessment devices, ECG algorithms, heart valves, and interventional and diagnostic cardiology products. He was founding CEO at NeuroChaos Solutions and contributed to Marketing and Sales leadership roles at Monebo Technologies, Sulzer CarboMedics, Mallinckrodt Medical, and American Hospital Supply Corporation. Pat earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Carroll University.LinkedIn:www.linkedin.com/in/patrick-kothe Websites:https://www.masteringmedicaldevice.com https://www.emdevicelab.com E-mailpkothe@emdevicelab.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Pieter Van Gool with SÜDPACK MEDICA AG in Zürich Switzerland about a host of subject-centered around industrial design for medical device packaging. Charlie and Pieter chat casually about their own experiences with VOC "voice of the customer" data collection and highlight new ways our industry may collect data about subjects such as medical pouch opening challenges. About SPOT Radio guest Pieter Van GoolPieter is a product development professional that has demonstrated capabilities in leadership, strategy, innovation management, product development, industrial design, and significant experience in the medical device packaging industry.  He is focused on patient safety with his attention on better sterile barrier containment systems to deliver devices safe and sterile to the point of care with the aim of improving patient outcomes.  Pieter has held multiple leadership roles in both the United States and Europe, acquiring different international cultural skills.  These skills include lead Design, Development Management, and Innovation Management to name a few, working closely with global leading Medical Device companies. Pieter is experienced in using the power of collaboration and innovative thinking to meet the ambitions of both internal and external customers and he creates a positive atmosphere with an enthusiastic and disciplined project approach built on trust and strength. Pieter is a member of the KiiP (Kilmer innovation in packaging) for both the Sustainability and Education Group.E-mail: pieter.vangool@suedpack-medica.comWebsite: www.suedpack-medica.com
Podcast Episode Description:In this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb talks about what is coming up on SPOT radio for the year ahead. Charlie also talks about machine innovation from his point of view from his 30 years in Healthcare innovation and marketing. He explains a new mobile app for medical device packaging engineers and quality managers that he strongly believes will forever change the way packaging engineers will interact with their packaging systems.About SPOT Radio Host Charlie Webb CPPLCharlie Webb is the founder and President of Van der Stahl Scientific; A medical device packaging and testing machine provider. He also hosts the popular Podcast "SPOT Radio" (sterile packaging on track) www.spotradiopodcast.com Charlie was recognized in the Rode Podcast awards as the top 100 ‘Highly Commended Podcast for his Podcast "Antidote to Despair" Charlie earned his BS degree in Management at the University of Redlands and completed the medical device development program at the Andersen graduate school of management at UCLA. Charlie is a “lifetime” certified packaging professional “CPPL” certified through the institute of packaging professionals as well as a “Six Sigma Master Black Belt”. As a member of a scientific review board, he co-developed micro-surgical devices that broke away from the conservative innovation models. Charlie has been in sterile device packaging for 26 years and has been involved in numerous FDA and ISO audits as a regulatory advisor.He is also a certified internal auditor and is the Quality Manager for Van der Stähl Scientific’s demanding ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory accreditation. Under Charlie's quality management system his lab received the MSI Continuous Improvement Award. Charlie is a member of the IOPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee, and the ASTM F02 technical committee and has multiple granted and pending patents on medical device packaging machinery and pouch testing systems.His current patent-pending technologies include a medical device tray sealer that will integrate pouch testing within the packaging machine to provide 100% real-time seal testing. Also, in development is his patented HTIP system (human tissue isolation pouch) this disposable system is designed to help avoid packaging machine contamination. His patented seal-through HTIP system isolates the donor tissue during the packaging process to help thwart cross-contamination between donor events. This system will help prevent machine contamination and increase packaging machine component life cycles, saving money while managing infection risks to donor recipients.His company was also recently awarded a federal contract as a medical device packaging machine provider for the VA Hospital group and his laboratory client list includes NASA and the CDC (center for disease control). He continues to grow his company’s new product development program with the aim of reaching more users of their equipment in order to better manage healthcare packaging failures.www.vanderstahl.comCharlie@vanderstahl.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, we speak with best-selling author Nicholas Webb about his mission surrounding employee happiness. The quality and value of your product or service are driven by employee morale. With mission-critical companies that develop medical devices, tainted outcomes can risk patient health and safety. A Gallup poll finds that 22 million dissatisfied and disengaged employees will cost the US economy nearly $350 billion each year in lost productivity from absenteeism as well as other problems due to an unhappy workplace.Guest  Description:Nick captivates audiences worldwide as an engaging speaker, speaking with tens of thousands of people each year at live events.  As an inventor, Nick Webb has been awarded over 40 patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for breakthrough technologies in a wide range of industrial and consumer products, including one of the world’s smallest medical device implants.A prolific writer and bestselling author, his current breakthrough books include The Innovation Mandate. What Customers Crave, Hey Day, and What Customers Hate. These books are used by top brands to design their customer experience and innovation strategies. Nick works closely with Fortune 500 companies throughout the world to help them lead their industries in innovation, strategy, and growth.As one of the world’s leading innovation futurists, Nick Webb, is the CEO of LeaderLogic, a research and development project that is reinventing the way in which consumers access and engage with healthcare and other consumer products and services, and is dedicated to creating the next generation of wearable technologies.www.nickwebb.comhttps://www.goleaderlogic.com/
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Dr. Julie Suggs about online learning and certification programs from Packagingschool.com. With so much evaluation and innovation in the packaging industry, continuing education will play an important role in moving stakeholder's knowledge forward. These affordable and flexible courses designed for working professionals will help keep the packaging industry strong.Guest Description:Julie Rice Suggs Ph.D. obtained her Ph.D. in Food Technology at Clemson University. She is currently the Academic Director for The Packaging School, which offers 100% online and affordable specialized certificate programs and courses in the packaging industry. She is the lead instructor for the Certificate of Mastery in Packaging Management Program run through Clemson Center for Corporate Learning and works closely with the creative team to build instructional content for various companies. Julie has published ten papers in various prestigious packaging journals. During her time at Clemson, Julie has traveled to Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil to present her research at the International Association of Packaging Research Institutes Conference. In her spare time, Julie takes part in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program.Contact:Website: www.packagingschool.comE-mail: info@packagingschool.com Phone: 864-412-5000
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Ehsan Mokhbery from FUTEK about the wide range of force and torque sensing systems that FUTEX offers. With smaller sensing system, many new opportunities to utilize this technology is opening up for a medical device developers.Guest Description:Ehsan Mokhberi joined FUTEK in 2005, focused on the development of FUTEK's organizational systems and sales. He has spearheaded various successful internal and customer relations programs and is the main liaison between FUTEK’s headquarters and its national and global customers and representatives.  About FUTEK:FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is a leading provider of strain gauge sensor solutions (force, torque, pressure), instrumentation, software, and calibration services that are at the forefront of sensor technology. With its headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Irvine, Southern California, FUTEK products are designed and manufactured under one umbrella, allowing for a highly efficient and innovative ecosystem that includes multidisciplinary engineering teams, a high precision machining center, exceptionally advanced calibration facilities, and state of the art quality assurance systems. The company was founded in 1988 by Javad Mokhbery, who left his career as a senior engineer at Rockwell to fulfill his ambition to create high-quality sensor solutions that would help advance the future of technology. Three decades later, his American dream has come to fruition. FUTEK has grown from a one-man operation in a small apartment to an industry powerhouse with 150 team members, 100,000 sq ft manufacturing space, 3,400 off-the-shelf products, and a client roster that includes the likes of NASA, Google, MIT, and J&J.  With offerings that include standard catalog items, OEM sensors, and fully custom solutions, FUTEK employs unparalleled and all-encompassing quality assurance processes that meet and exceed stringent ISO certification standards. “Failure is not an option” is a popular expression among team members. Another cornerstone of FUTEK’s culture is the confidence and drive to take on challenging and unique applications, giving the team a greater appreciation of potential sensor capabilities, pushing them to continuously find new areas to innovate, and motivating each member to perform to their fullest potential.Contact:Website: www.futek.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Ehsan Mokhbery from FUTEK about the wide range of force and torque sensing systems that FUTEX offers. With smaller sensing system, many new opportunities to utilize this technology is opening up for a medical device developers.Guest Description:Ehsan Mokhberi joined FUTEK in 2005, focused on the development of FUTEK's organizational systems and sales. He has spearheaded various successful internal and customer relations programs and is the main liaison between FUTEK’s headquarters and its national and global customers and representatives.  About FUTEK:FUTEK Advanced Sensor Technology is a leading provider of strain gauge sensor solutions (force, torque, pressure), instrumentation, software, and calibration services that are at the forefront of sensor technology. With its headquarters and manufacturing facilities located in Irvine, Southern California, FUTEK products are designed and manufactured under one umbrella, allowing for a highly efficient and innovative ecosystem that includes multidisciplinary engineering teams, a high precision machining center, exceptionally advanced calibration facilities, and state of the art quality assurance systems. The company was founded in 1988 by Javad Mokhbery, who left his career as a senior engineer at Rockwell to fulfill his ambition to create high-quality sensor solutions that would help advance the future of technology. Three decades later, his American dream has come to fruition. FUTEK has grown from a one-man operation in a small apartment to an industry powerhouse with 150 team members, 100,000 sq ft manufacturing space, 3,400 off-the-shelf products, and a client roster that includes the likes of NASA, Google, MIT, and J&J.  With offerings that include standard catalog items, OEM sensors, and fully custom solutions, FUTEK employs unparalleled and all-encompassing quality assurance processes that meet and exceed stringent ISO certification standards. “Failure is not an option” is a popular expression among team members. Another cornerstone of FUTEK’s culture is the confidence and drive to take on challenging and unique applications, giving the team a greater appreciation of potential sensor capabilities, pushing them to continuously find new areas to innovate, and motivating each member to perform to their fullest potential.Contact:Website: www.futek.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Elon Goldbaum from Network partners about the one-pound peel value for medical device packaging validation. Does your packaging validation plan rest on the one-pound seal strength standard? Listen in and learn why this may be an arbitrary value that could be a process risk.     Guest Description:As Sr. Director of Client Solutions, Elon (Lon) Goldbaum brings over 20 years of experience in the medical device field specializing in packaging, labeling, quality, CAPA systems, and implementation of UDI requirements for Class II products. Lon’s multifaceted background provides support and leadership to Network Partners’ packaging consulting, quality assurance, labeling, and the Apprentice program. He also managed part of 483, and 90 CAPAs, while rebuilding the CAPA system.Prior to joining Network Partners, Lon held various roles with Baxter Healthcare, Edwards Lifesciences, and Danaher with a wide range of responsibilities, covering everything from implementing and managing packaging and labeling processes to sterilization requalification and rebuilding a CAPA system. Lon earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging from Michigan State University.Elon GolbaumContact:Website: http://www.networkpartners.com/e-mail: elon.goldbaum@networkpartners.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Julio G. Martinez-Clark about the expansion of trade in medical devices and pharmaceuticals from Latin America. We will discuss the possibility of Latin America being a sleeping giant for med-tech.Guest Descriptions:Julio G. Martinez-Clark believes that Colombia represents an untapped destination for medical device manufacturers to do clinical research and one of the perfect country gateways to enter the Latin American market. Julio is the CEO of bioaccess™ –a contract research organization (CRO) and market access consultancy that works with medical device companies to help them do early-feasibility clinical trials and commercialize their innovations in Colombia and the rest of Latin America. Julio is a recognized medical device expert, and his insights on the medical device industry have a voice in industry-leading publications such as Med Device Online and Clinical Leader. Julio is also the host of the LATAM Medtech Leaders podcast: A weekly conversation with Medtech leaders who have succeeded in Latin America. Julio currently serves as an advisory board member for Stetson University's Leading Disruptive Innovation program. His past experiences include technology consultant for Johns Hopkins Hospital, a co-founder and president of a successful real estate investment firm, startup ventures in the telecom and computer industries, and technical and business positions at global telecom and networking companies, including Lucent and Nortel. Julio has a bachelor's degree in electronics engineering from Saint Thomas University in Bogota, Colombia, and a master's degree in business administration (M.B.A.) from Western New England University in Springfield, MA. Julio lives in Orlando, FL. Contact Information: Email: jmclark@bioaccessla.comPhone number: +1 (954) 903-7210LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/juliomartinezclark/vCard: http://bit.ly/julio-martinez-clark-digital-cardWebsite: www.bioaccessla.com Additional Links: The Pacific Alliance: https://alianzapacifico.net/en/what-is-the-pacific-alliance/OECD: https://www.oecd.org/latin-america/PROCOLOMBIA: https://investincolombia.com.co/en/sectors/healthcare-services-and-life-sciences/pharmaceutical-sector
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Adam Peek about the good and the bad news regarding packaging sustainability. Listen in as Charlie and Adams discuss the unique challenges in medical device packaging sustainability and how these challenges have been addressed. Adam Peek also chats about exciting new technologies that will provide sustainability solutions for a growing population.Guest Descriptions: Adam Peek is an MBA and a consultative sales professional with over 14 years in the printed packaging world, Adam digs in with packaging engineers, designers, supply chain personnel, financial analysts, sales, marketing, operations, logistics, and product people to help them figure out where they are and where they want to be. Sometimes the goal is better functioning packaging. Sometimes it's more sustainable packaging. Sometimes it's better-looking packaging.  Whether it's personal care, CPG, pharmaceutical, med device, home care, food, beverage, cannabis/healthcare, or industrial, he is there to help. Adam also co-hosts the "People of Packaging" Podcast.Ted-Talk: https://youtu.be/-WOBqfJM2lk Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/adampeekWebsite: adampeek.com  Phone: 719-551-2374 (Mobile)Email: adam@peopleofpackaging.com
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Lindsay Lannelli a candidate connection Specialist for the Adept Group about her experience working from home. Many people turned their time at home into gains on domestic projects and they sharpened their work skills. Listen in on how Lindsay approached the shutdown era.  Guest Descriptions:Lindsay Iannelli is a Candidate Connection Specialist for Adept Group, where she connects the leading brands in the Life Science, Food, Beverage, and CPG industries to elite packaging talent to unlock opportunities and create solutions. The Adept Group delivers best-in-class engineering, consulting, talent, and digital solutions for the packaging world.Website:www.adeptpackaging.comPhone: 610-739-7347Email: Lindsay.iannelli@adeptpackaging.comLinkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/lindsay-iannelli-7a56a4b7
On this episode of SPOT radio Charlie Webb speaks with Tom Widroe from the Tom Widroe Group on the future of dispersed employees. We also chat about key motivators that will attract better employee candidates by expanding flexible work location options.      Guest Descriptions:Thomas Widroe is the founder and principal of The Widroe Group, since 1998, T-W-G has been helping public, private, and non-profit organizations win the war for talent. Tom Widroe's placement expertise in a host of industries including technology, healthcare, professional services, finance, manufacturing, and government agencies.Tom worked as an operation executive at Bargain Network, a $75 million subscription-based information service with over 700 employees. Tom’s education includes two degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara.Contact:Website: www.practiceinparadise.comemail: tomwidroe@icloud.comPhone: 805.680.7772
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Mark Escobedo a Senior Sales Engineer at Westpak about the process of accelerated aging. This podcast provides a solid overview from the vista of a medical device packaging testing laboratory. Westpak is an ISO 17025 Accredited Independent test laboratory. Their Laboratory covers a variety of testing processes including Environmental conditioning, Package Performance testing, as well as Accelerated and real-time aging.Guest Descriptions:Mark Escobedo is a Senior Sales Engineer at Westpak providing technical expertise in the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. Mark holds a degree in Package Engineering from San Jose State University.  Mark is also a member of ASTM Committees D10 and F02 where he participates in the development of standards. In addition to writing articles for industry publications, Mark has also conducted seminars on a variety of testing-related topics. His goal is to provide the guidance necessary for a successful regulatory submission as it pertains to packaging.Contact:Website:www.westpak.comemail:mark@wastpak.comPhone:1 (800) 830-8020 
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Wendy Mach with Nelson Labs about their upcoming Packaging Validation 101 Webinar. This online event will cover topics such as: determining the appropriate sample size for testing, writing the validation protocol, developing the test plan, selecting appropriate tests, family grouping and worst-case considerations, and creating the appropriate samples.Guest Descriptions:Wendy Mach is with Nelson labs, she has over 27 years of medical device manufacturing and laboratory experience. She is a known expert in the MedTech packaging industry, a sought-after speaker, and actively contributes to industry publications. In her role as Consulting Manager, Wendy works with clients to address their unique needs in order to meet the requirements for packaging validations.Wendy is a participating member of the Technical Committee ISO/TC 198 Sterilization of Healthcare Products, the subcommittee chairperson for ASTM F02.15 Chemical / Safety Properties, and is chairperson of the Packaging & Sterile Barrier Systems Working Group for the Society for Sterilization Assurance Professionals (SfSAP). Wendy's participation on the domestic and international committees allows her to consult with clients to meet the regulatory standards of today – while preparing them to meet the demands of the future."Event link for more information and to register: https://www.nelsonlabs.com/events/packaging-validation-101/ Contact:Website: www.nelsonlabs.comemail: wmach@nelsonlabs.comPhone: 1 (800) 826-2088
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with the technical sales team at Merrill's Packaging. Dan Kelly, Andy D'Esposito CPP, and Kevin Scott provide insight on the process of custom medical thermoforming. This year Merrill's is celebrating its 60th year and is a custom thermoformer based in the California Bay Area with a second location in Costa Rica. They have a custom medical thermoforming focus plus also form food, retail, and electronic packaging. Through the years, they have become a trusted leader in thermoforming, supplying many of the world's largest medical companies.Guest Descriptions:Dan Kelly Soon after graduating college in the mid-'90s with a BS in Engineering, Dan moved into a project management/application's engineering role with a top packaging machinery manufacturer in Cape Cod, MA.  Soon thereafter he transitioned to a sales role and promoted their business in Europe. In the early 2000's Dan moved back to the states and has been in the custom thermoforming environment ever since.  Dan enjoys the healthcare side of packaging as it continuously evolving to better serve the patient.  In his spare time, Dan enjoys coaching youth basketball, boating, running road races, and spending time with his wife and their 2 children. dan@merrills.com Andy D'Esposito CPP graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1981 with a degree in Marketing.  After that, he started working in the packaging industry and has been for 40 years with the last 11 years in Medical Packaging.  He is on the board for IOPP in Southern California and also on the board for the ASTM F-02 group.  Andy received his Certified Packaging Professional certificate about 10 years ago and remains active in his local chapter.  His knowledge and experience in various packaging industries allow him to offer customers and prospects a myriad of advice and assistance in their efforts to develop various types of packaging.  Having worked for companies large and small he has developed a sales style that fits any sized company.  Andy was also part owner in a medium-sized retail thermoforming company in Southern California for 10 years and fully grasps the intricacies of running a business including accounting, human relations, marketing, production, quality control, and inventory management.  In his spare time, Andy enjoys boating, skiing, backpacking, golf, travel, and spending time with his family. andy@merrills.com Kevin Scott has been in custom thermoforming for close to 15 years with a short stint in pharmaceutical packaging. For the past ten years, his primary focus has been on medical & pharma packaging. Since graduating from NC State with an accounting degree in 2000, he has worked in plastics, starting with an injection molder in the accounting department and finding his calling in sales. When he isn't traveling for work or pleasure, he is an avid runner and enjoys professional boxing in his free time. He lives in Raleigh, NC, with his family. kscott@merrills.com  Contact:Website: merrills.comemail: info@merrills.comPhone: 800-284-5910
On this episode of SPOT radio, Charlie Webb speaks with Curtis Gippe the director of the Life Science practice at Adept Packaging. In this discussion, we talk about the end-to-end challenges of pre-filled syringe packaging development.  Guest Description:Curtis Gippe is the director of the Life Science practice at Adept Packaging, which delivers best-in-class engineering, consulting, talent, and digital solutions for the packaging world. He is a driven, highly accomplished Packaging Engineer with expertise in packaging design and development and more than 15 years' experience in pharmaceutical (over the counter and prescription), medical device (auto-injectors, pre-filled syringes, and other injectables), and consumer products (Oral Care, Beauty, Intimate health, and Women's healthcare packaging goods). He is a strong leader and accustomed to working in highly regulated industries. His other specialties include working with IM, IBM, EBM processes, mold qualifications, thermoforming, new packaging development, and platform development. - ASTM committee member for F02, D10, & D37- Lean six sigma certified - Hazmat and Dangerous Goods Certified- Holds a bottle design patent for a class 2 medical deviceCurtis GippeContact:Website: www.adeptpackaging.comContact: Curtis GippeDirector of Life SciencesAdept Groupc: +1.585.703.4022o: +1.484.373.2504www.adeptpackaging.com
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