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Michael Benevento
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4 (and a half) Packaging Trends from Compamed 2019

Last week, I joined Oliver’s European team in Dusseldorf for Compamed 2019. The show is one of our largest of the year and is a subset of a greater exhibition called Medica. For me, a show this big is almost TOO big. But with that said, it was still interesting to walk the 17(!) different halls to decipher the latest trends in healthcare. Between the 25,000 steps walked, here were 4 trends that stood out to me:

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Tis the Season for Sustainability

It's hard to believe the term "sustainability" has been on the modern radar for more than 30 years. What did we know in 1987? Not as much as we know now, that's for sure. It's inspiring to be part of the growing awareness—and more importantly, taking actions—that help us move the needle toward the "green." Around the world, across industries and one person at a time, it's encouraging to see that we are all in this together.

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Design Thinking in the OR? Scrub in!

I began my career in IT, found my way to marketing, but since birth have been raised as the son of an engineer. Any engineer’s house is full of projects and the Pepe’s were no exception. The TV split open on the dining room table, the washing machine pulled apart to fix that darn wobble … and don’t even go near the garage.

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Med Tech Regulatory Bosses Around the World

There is no dispute about why the med-tech industry is highly regulated. No matter how robust the sterilization or disinfection process, if the packaging and seal closures of a medical pouch are compromised, there is a significant risk of product contamination during shipping and storage that could pose a danger to the end-user. Moreover, we all know that “end-user” ultimately means you, me or someone we love. 

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Sterilization and the FDA Innovation Challenge

By now, we are all familiar with the recent discussion around sterilization in the medical device industry. Ethylene oxide or EtO is the most popular sterilization modality in the industry accounting for approximately half of the market. EtO is a colorless gas, and long-term exposure can pose serious health risks. Some US communities located in and around EtO sterilization facilities have become increasingly concerned, ultimately forcing the FDA to take action. 

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Are You Ready For MDR?

If you are a medical device manufacturer (MDM) or work in a support industry to the global medical device market, you are probably familiar with the date May 15, 2020. It is then that the three-year transition to the Medical Device Regulations (MDR) governing document (adopted by European Parliament in 2017), comes to a close. Every MDM that markets products in the EU is impacted by the MDR.

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How to Beat the Odds: Avoid Packaging Pinholes

Packaging engineers are familiar with this common packaging failure: the dreaded pinhole. Having been through it myself as a medical device packaging engineer—and helping customers design and analyze their packaging as the Technical Director at Oliver Healthcare Packaging—I’ve learned how to reduce or avoid pinholes altogether. When packaging failures are discovered in the eleventh hour of a product launch, there can be a significant impact to the overall cost and speed of the project.

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A Welcome Message

As Oliver expands our services across the global healthcare packaging market, we are upgrading our digital presence to facilitate information sharing and better connections with the packaging community. For longtime industry colleagues and new acquaintances alike, it is my pleasure to say hello through this inaugural blog post. We look forward to creating an involved, interactive community of healthcare packaging professionals.

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World Pharma Today – New Independent Study Proves Coated Lidding Significantly ...

Coating technologies reduce particulate generation by up to 96% in pharmaceutical manufacturing.

As the demand for prefilled and prefillable syringe applications grow, one consideration for many pharmaceutical manufacturers is particulate; in particular, how particulate can be reduced in the manufacturing process.

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MD+DI – 3 Medical Device Packaging Tips for a Successful Outcome

Medical device packaging is an important part of delivering your device to market safely and securely, yet there is no doubt that navigating the process can be a bit confusing and complex for device manufacturers. With decades of experience in assisting device manufacturers with their packaging design solutions, we offer the following three tips for a successful packaging design as a way of avoiding costly and time-consuming mistakes.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Acquires CleanCut Technologies

TREVOSE, Pennsylvania and ANAHEIM, California (January 29, 2019) – Oliver Healthcare Packaging, a leading supplier of sterile barrier flexible packaging to the global healthcare market, today announced the acquisition of CleanCut Technologies, a medical packaging provider based in Anaheim, California.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Strengthens Presence in Asia To Support Growing ...

Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA) and Singapore – 7 August, 2018 – Oliver™ Healthcare Packaging, a leading provider of sterile barrier flexible packaging for the global healthcare industry, recently announced the opening of a new office in Singapore to support their growing customer base in the Asia Pacific market. 

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Packaging Digest – Why it Pays for Packaging Suppliers to be Local

Businesses of any kind find that, when doing business in China and other global locations, it helps to have facilities on the ground. Packaging is no exception.

Oliver Healthcare Packaging, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., provides sterile barrier flexible material and other packaging for pharmaceuticals, medical devices and related items. It recently opened a 68,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, China, about 38 miles east of Shanghai.

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Oliver Healthcare Packaging Expands Global Footprint to Strengthen Local ...

Grand Rapids, Michigan and Suzhou, P.R. China - OliverHealthcare Packaging, a leading provider of sterile barrier flexible packaging for the global healthcare industry, today announced the opening of a new 68,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Suzhou, P.R. China. 

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Oliver Announces Shared Company Name

Oliver-Tolas®Healthcare Packaging and Mangar Medical Packaging joined forces in May of last year and announce today that they will do business as Oliver. The new name and brand identity preserve the company’s legacy while reflecting its commitment to delivering the highest standards of Quality and Service for innovative healthcare packaging solutions.

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Mangar Medical Packaging Joins Oliver-Tolas

New Britain, Pennsylvania, USA – May 10, 2016 – Mangar Medical Packaging has been acquired by Oliver-Tolas® Healthcare Packaging parent company, Oliver Products, effective May 10, 2016.

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