Frequently Asked Questions

What is HealthPack?

Who should attend HealthPack?

Where is HealthPack located?

Where will HealthPack be in 2018?

What’s the schedule for HealthPack 2018?

Who produces HealthPack?

Who else supports the HealthPack conference program?

Will HealthPack offer a discounted hotel room rate for the 2018 conference?

What is the conference refund policy? 

Will transportation to the hotel be provided?

Can I get the presentations made at HealthPack 2018?

What is HealthPack?

HealthPack is an annual education event designed for professionals in the medical device packaging industry. It consists of a conference, exhibit hall and networking opportunities. Our signature event each year is our live panel of operating room nurses and technicians reviewing and critiquing commercialized medical device packages submitted by our attendees.

Who should attend HealthPack?

Conference presentations focus on delivering content on trends, insights and application advice for:

  • Medical device packaging and process engineers
  • Medical device packaging purchasing managers
  • Quality control and regulatory personnel
  • Engineering, product and project managers
  • Global technology and sourcing directors and managers
  • R&D directors and managers
  • Operational excellence directors and managers
  • Material suppliers and converters
  • Material scientists and engineers
  • Technical and marketing managers
  • Contract packagers, testing labs and other service providers

Where is HealthPack located?

HealthPack moves to a different city in the U.S. each year. In recent years, we’ve been in cities such as Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; Norfolk, VA; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX.

Where will HealthPack be in 2018?

HealthPack will be March 6-8, 2018 at:
Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W. 12th St.
Kansas City, MO 64105
Phone: 816-421-6800

What’s the schedule for HealthPack 2018?

Tuesday, March 6 – Exhibitors will set up noon - 4:30 p.m. There will be a tour for attendees in the afternoon (TBA) and an IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee meeting 4 - 5 p.m. in the general conference room. The exhibit hall, where there will be a welcome reception, will open 5 - 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 7 – There will be a breakfast buffet and registration 7 - 8:15 a.m. Conference sessions run from 8:15 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. There will be a networking reception in the exhibit hall 5 - 7 p.m. Lunch is served at midday and the exhibit hall is open at breakfast, during the midmorning and midafternoon breaks, at lunch and during the evening reception. All meals are served in the exhibit hall.

Thursday, March 8 – There will be a breakfast buffet in the exhibit hall 7 - 8:15 a.m. The conference will be in session 8:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., with lunch served at midday. The exhibit hall will be open during breakfast, the morning break and lunch. The conference will wrap up and we will have prize drawings at approximately 3:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2018 program is under development, and details will be announced in the near future. Check back periodically for updates. Please note that the conference program is subject to change.

Who produces HealthPack?

Kellen produces HealthPack with a seasoned event team consisting of program management, business development and event management professionals. Jim George is the Conference Director, assisted by an advisory committee of veteran medical device packaging experts:

  • Jennifer Griffin, CPP, Packaging Engineer, Medtronic
  • Paul Marshall, CPP, Manager, Global Packaging Technologies, Smith & Nephew
  • Rod Patch, Senior Director, Global Supply Chain Packaging Center of Excellence, Johnson & Johnson
  • Karen Greene, CPP, VP-Sales and Technology, Life Packaging Technology
  • Jan Gates, Owner/Principal Packaging Engineer, PackWise Consulting
  • Jim Butschli, Editor, Healthcare Packaging magazine

The HealthPack event team also consists of Michael Greskiewicz, Business Development Manager; Christine Meehan, Event Manager; and Barbara Dykes, Speaker Coordinator; and Rachel Nathanson, Marketing Communications Associate.

Kellen supports, guides and promotes professions and industries that impact people around the world every day. From the safety of the food we eat to the soundness of the buildings we live and work in to assurances about healthcare issues, we are committed to the success of the organizations we work with because we care about the many ways their work serves others. Our 300+ professionals around the globe are specially trained in areas ranging from engineering to nutrition, from integrated communications to global consulting, and association management and meeting planning. And while association management is what we’re best known for – it’s just one part of what we do. We work with more than 125 trade associations, professional societies and charitable organizations representing 10,000-plus companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide. We were founded in 1964 and are charter-accredited through the Association Management Company Institute (AMCI). Our offices are in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, Denver, Kansas City, New York City and Washington D.C.

Who else supports the HealthPack conference program?

Kellen, as the management company for the Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP), has developed a strong synergy between IoPP and HealthPack. The HealthPack program also is developed in cooperation with IoPP’s Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee. The committee organizes and conducts the live nurses and technicians panel, and IoPP subject matter experts in medical device packaging—many of them Certified Packaging Professionals—are frequent speakers at HealthPack.

Will HealthPack offer a discounted hotel room rate for the 2018 conference?

Yes. Discounted rooms are available at the Kansas City Marriott Downtown by calling 877-303-0104 or 816-412-6800 (toll free) and mentioning you want to make a reservation under “HealthPack.” You can also book your room online. All reservations must be booked by Feb. 12, 2018 to guarantee the discounted room rate of $219 (plus local fees/taxes) per night for single, double, triple and quad room occupancy. The discount deadline is subject to availability. A credit card guarantee is required to hold your reservation. Visit the HealthPack hotel and travel page for more information.

is there a refund policy? 

Yes. A refund (excluding deposit) will be granted up to 90 days prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made 60 days prior to the event will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee (excluding deposit). Cancellations received 30 days or fewer before the event will not receive a refund. For non-exhibiting attendees, registration can be transferred to another individual from your company. See our cancellation policy for more information.

Will transportation to the hotel be provided?

The Kansas City Marriott Downtown does not provide shuttle service. However, shuttle service for hire, as well as taxi and bus service, are available. See our Hotel & Travel page for more information. 

Can I get the presentations made at HealthPack 2018?

Yes, provided you were an attendee. Shortly after the conclusion of HealthPack 2018, all attendees will receive an email from HealthPack with a link to the evaluation form for the event. You MUST complete an evaluation to receive the presentations. HealthPack does not honor individual attendee requests to receive the presentation materials directly, without completing the evaluation form. Upon completing and submitting your evaluation, you will receive a confirmation email from HealthPack that contains a link to all the presentations. The HealthPack conference is for you — please help us make your conference the best it can be by thoughtfully and completely filling out an evaluation of the event.


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