CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio—Registration remains open for the virtual Healthcare Elastomers Conference, which runs opens Tuesday and runs through Thursday.
The conference, organized by Rubber & Plastics News with sponsorship from Wacker and Elmet, is intended to highlight new technologies, trends, and ideas driving elastomer design and function within the medical market.
Max Kley, president and CEO of Freudenberg Medical, will kick off the three-day event at 10 a.m. ET Tuesday with a keynote presentation titled "Managing in Medical: The Challenges and Opportunities Ahead."
Jim Semler, R&D director at Becton Dickinson's Material Science & Engineering Center of Excellence, will give the keynote presentation Wednesday morning, focusing on emerging innovations and solutions for medical device manufacturing.
David Pehlman, group leader for container and process innovation at Eli Lilly and Co., will lead the final keynote discussion with a presentation titled "Advances in Pharmaceutical Applications and the Use of Elastomers."
Shipping and supply chain issues will take the spotlight at 3:30 p.m. ET Thursday when Matt Angell, vice president of logistics operations at Jarrett Logistics Systems, explores how the medical industry is impacted by the recent bottlenecks and shortages caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also on Thursday, Bobby Boyer, director of product development at HS Design Inc., will look at how medical design and development has altered its course in the wake of key issues and challenges.
Sabine Springael, global product steward for DuPont's Liveo brand, will discuss regulatory trends emerging globally, with her presentation, planned for 3:30 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Her presentation comes one day after a panel discussion focused on regulatory testing of elastomers. The panel features Ana Barbur, vice president of chemical analystical services at Akron Rubber Development Laboratory Inc.; Alex Kakead, global product manager of Tekni-Plex Medical; and Gael Peron, vice president of medical testing at Smithers.
Monday and Tuesday's schedules also include material innovation sessions with speakers from Trelleborg Sealing Solutions, ExxonMobil Chemicals, Kraiburg-TPE Corp. and Audia Elastomers.
Each of the presentations given during the conference will be available for up to 90 days afterward, allowing registrants to access anything they may have missed or wish to view again.
To register for the conference or to learn more about the event, visit rubbernews.com/healthcare.