Frequently Asked Questions

What is HealthPack?

Who should attend HealthPack?

Where is HealthPack located?

Where will HealthPack be in 2019?

What’s the schedule for HealthPack 2019?

Who produces HealthPack?

Who else supports the HealthPack conference program?

Will HealthPack offer a discounted hotel room rate for the 2019 conference?

Are there any discounts on the registration rates?

What is the conference refund policy? 

Will transportation to the hotel be provided?

Can I get the presentations made at HealthPack 2019?

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 Kansas City, MO; Denver, CO; New Orleans, LA; Cincinnati, OH; Norfolk, VA; Louisville, KY; Memphis, TN; Albuquerque, NM and San Antonio, TX.

Where will HealthPack be in 2019?

HealthPack will be March 5-7, 2019 at:
Hilton Portland Downtown
921 SW Sixth Ave.
Portland, OR 97204
Phone: 503-226-1611

What’s the schedule for HealthPack 2019?

Tuesday, March 5 – Exhibitors set-up from 12:00-4:30 p.m., preconference workshop on ISO 16775 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. in the general conference room (additional registration fee applies), IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee meeting from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the general conference room. Exhibit hall open from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Welcome reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the exhibit hall.

Wednesday, March 6 – Breakfast buffet and registration from 7:00-8:15 a.m. Conference sessions run from 8:15 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Networking reception in the exhibit hall from 5:00-7:00 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 7 – Breakfast buffet in the exhibit hall from 7:00-8:15 a.m. Conference is in session from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m., with lunch served midday. The exhibit hall is open during breakfast, the morning break and during lunch. Conference wrap-up and the prize drawings are at approximately 3:15 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: The 2019 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

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 Manager.

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, 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 IoPP Certified Packaging Professionals—are frequent speakers at HealthPack.

Will HealthPack offer a discounted hotel room rate for the 2019 conference?

Yes. Discounted rooms are available at the Hilton Portland Downtown by calling 503-226-1611 and mentioning you want to make a reservation under “HealthPack.” Or, book your room online. All reservations must be booked by Feb. 8, 2019, to guarantee the discounted room rate of $194 (plus local fees/taxes) per night for single, double, triple and quad room occupancy. The discount deadline is subject to availability under the HealthPack room block. Our room block often sells out in advance of the conference. Please do not wait until the last minute to reserve your room! Reservation requests made after Feb. 8, 2019 will be confirmed on a space available basis at prevailing hotel rates. A credit card guarantee is required to hold your reservation.

Are there any discounts on the registration rates?

Yes. IoPP members receive a $100 discount on their registration. The discount does not apply for IoPP Affiliates.

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 Hilton Portland Downtown does not provide shuttle service. Estimated costs for transportation options from Portland International Airport (PDX) to the hotel are on our Hotel & Travel Information page.  

Can I get the presentations made at HealthPack 2018?

Yes. Shortly after the conclusion of HealthPack 2019, 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. HealthPack does not provide the presentations prior to or during the conference. 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 value it can be by thoughtfully and completely filling out an evaluation of the event.


“As an MDM, hearing about the research that peer companies are doing is great! This is the only venue that allows this sort of discussion.”

–Previous HealthPack Attendee

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