October 2004 Volume 13, Issue 2
A Team of Experts Focused on Your Needs
At DuPont Medical Packaging, we understand that our contribution to the medical device industry goes far beyond our product offering. In fact, we firmly believe that it is our responsibility to contribute to the success of the industry by sharing our resources and expertise.
As leaders in the industry, we are a dedicated team of packaging professionals who provide information and expertise on topics ranging from industry standards and regulatory compliance, to technical issues and package engineering. Each member of our team brings a unique skill set, combined with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience.
In this issue of Tyvek® Rx we will begin a series of articles, each focusing on a different member of the DuPont Medical Packaging Team. We hope you’ll enjoy learning about our team members’ education, work experience, industry activities and special skills. But more importantly, we hope you’ll see how our team of experts can help you.
established a consulting company that specialized in package design; equipment qualification; package and process validation; International Organization for Standardization (ISO) compliance; and project management. This successful entrepreneurial experience was followed by five years working as a business development manager for a major sterile packaging manufacturer. Karen Polkinghorne
Polkinghorne earned a bachelor of science degree in packaging from Michigan State University and a master’s of business administration degree from the University of Colorado. She received the Farrow-Boyers Entrepreneurial Fellowship in 1997 from the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship in Boulder, Colorado.
The first team member to be featured — Karen Polkinghorne — is also the newest member of the team. Polkinghorne joined DuPont Medical Packaging in January 2004 as a packaging consultant.
Polkinghorne brings a strong combination of experience in package engineering, management and consulting to her role on the team. She began her career in the medical packaging industry in 1991 as a packaging development engineer. For nearly five years, she designed and tested medical packaging for orthopaedic implants and developed complete sterile package and instrument tray designs for a variety of related components and accessories.
After a brief assignment as a manager of packaging technology and quality assurance, Polkinghorne
“My role on the team is to work directly with MDMs to address current packaging requirements and to determine unmet packaging needs,” said Polkinghorne. “Through this on-going dialog, I hope to gather critical marketing information that will enable the DuPont Medical Packaging Team to define and launch the next generation of medical packaging products that will meet the evolving needs of MDMs.”
To speak with Karen Polkinghorne, or any of the other experts on the DuPont Medical Packaging Team, call 1-800-44-TYVEK®. We are committed to providing the support medical device manufacturers need to ensure that end-users receive the highest quality medical packaging available.
Cocoon Wrapping Helps Protect DuPont™ Tyvek® in Transit
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Before making the transition to the new wrapping system, the team conducted trials with sterile packaging manufacturers (SPMs). “The SPMs were extremely receptive to participating in the trials,” said Delphino Cavazos, operations manager at the Richmond facility and a member of the project core team.
“I was present at many of the trials,” said Cavazos. “When the rolls were unloaded from the truck, many were really dirty from being in transit,” he noted. “But when the cocoon-wrapped rolls were opened, the SPMs were genuinely impressed with the cleanliness of the Tyvek® inside.”
“They were very helpful and worked with us as a team, which we really appreciated,” he explained. Learnings from the trials resulted in changes to the process control software and the addition of a step to the wrapping procedure.
With the trial upgrades in place, the full transition to the cocoon wrapping system occurred in early 2004. Now, all rolls of Tyvek® medical packaging are shipped from DuPont in a protective cocoon, decreasing the likelihood of contamination due to foreign particulates encountered during shipping and handling.