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Made For Health

Whether improving patient care, preventing cross-contamination or decreasing chances of infection, the advantages of plastics in healthcare are immeasurable. NPE2024 is your single source destination for medical-grade plastic materials, molds and machinery designed to meet regulatory requirements and boost treatment outcomes.

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Robot Arm Building the word "You"

Transforming Healthcare

Plastic materials are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible in medicine. Come to NPE2024 to better understand the science and see new equipment that’s helping produce durable, lightweight and affordable plastics for healthcare.

  • Discover how biocompatible and bioresorbable plastics are used in surgical implants andmedical devices
  • Explore flexible designs and manufacturing using injection molding, 3D printing and more
  • Connect with flexible and lightweight plastic tubing producers for medical catheters and intravenous (IV) lines
  • Test plastic-based medical equipment that offers safer procedures, precise diagnostics and efficient drug delivery
  • See how plastic-based respiratory masks and PPE enhance safety and comfort in healthcare setting


*Speakers and session times are subject to change

Innovations for the Medical & Household Part: A Collaborative Showcase

Monday, May 6 | 2:00 – 2:30 PM

Speaker: Andy Stirn

This captivating session brings together mold building leaders that will provide an inside look at cutting‐edge injection molding solutions tailored to optimize the production processes to help OEM’s & Molders make their products a reality.

How Improved Chemically Resistant Specialty PC Copolymers Address Durability and Sustainability Requirements Across Demanding Application Segments

Monday, May 6 | 3:00 – 3:30 PM

Speaker:  Yuanqing (Emily) He, PhD

From advancements in enterprise tech solutions to consumer tech innovation, this session will delve into how emerging technologies will influence the demand for plastics alongside the opportunities and challenges they bring.

Efficient Injection Molding Production Solutions for Medical and Cleanroom Applications

Wednesday, May 8 | 9:00 – 9:45 AM

Speaker: Thomas Hörl and Martin Stojkovic

Expo Premier Pass Required

Join this session to learn more about plastics processing in the medical industry, specifically screw design, machine types, and interlinked production cells. The session will round off with a discussion about Industry 4.0 as it relates to the medical section, with topics including SmartOperations, APC+ and DataXplorer.

What’s Really Happening During Your Accelerated Aging Tests

Wednesday, May 8 | 11:00 – 11:45 AM

Speaker: Jeffrey Jansen

Expo Premier Pass Required

Learn more on accelerated aging while uncovering the intricate layers that influence material and product performance over the long term. This session will demystify the world of accelerated aging and give you the insights you need to ensure accurate screening and reliable material assessment.

Doing No Harm: Developing a Sustainable Medical Device Recycling Program

Wednesday, May 8 | 1:00 – 1:45 PM

Speaker: Jay Thomas and Andy Antil

Expo Premier Pass Required

PVC medical devices represent approximately 1/3 of plastic products used in the healthcare setting. Many of the devices are single use and all are treated as waste at the end of their use. Despite successful programs in many parts of the world, challenges to recycling of these devices remain, but a new PVC medical device program has been demonstrated to be logistically and economically feasible for a healthcare provider in New York state.

Advances in Medical Waste Recycling

Wednesday, May 8 | 2:00 – 2:45 PM

Speaker: Katherine Hoffman, Zach Muscato, Bob Render, Tracy Taszarek

Plastics are essential for safe and affordable healthcare delivery globally, but their environmental impact, particularly from packaging, is a growing concern. While prioritizing waste reduction and reuse remains crucial, the Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) explored the potential of advanced recycling technologies to address the challenge of healthcare plastic waste. This presentation will overview the research, pilot testing and results of HPRC’s advanced recycling work that shows promise for recycling difficult-to-process healthcare plastics and aims to enable greater material circularity within the healthcare industry.

Panel Discussion: Healthcare Industry Plastic Materials Update

Wednesday, May 8 | 2:00 – 2:45 PM

Speakers: Chelsea Barriga, Jason Merkle, Eric Mueller, Benoit Verdickt

Expo Premier Pass Required

Featuring a panel discussion focused on the latest developments in plastic materials, this engaging Healthcare Industry Briefing will delve into the innovations in materials, sustainability and the countless opportunities these advancements present for the healthcare sector.

Transforming Healthcare With Lighter More Sustainable Materials

Wednesday, May 8 | 3:00 – 3:45 PM

Speaker: Antonella Di Meo

Expo Premier Pass Required

The healthcare industry is being challenged to reduce hospital acquired infections, improve efficiency at surgery centers and limit its environmental impacts while guaranteeing the best patient outcomes. In this session, see how ECA Medical is taking on this challenge by developing standard and custom single-procedure instrumentation kits for some of the largest medical OEMs globally.

How Electrification Powers Healthcare, Consumer Goods, Automotive, And Aerospace With Specialty Polymers

Thursday, May 9 | 2:00 – 2:30 PM

Speaker: Victoria Lee and DeeDee Smith

Engineers spanning markets are using electrification to increase efficiency in their components and systems. Join this session to see how to design electrical components with specialty polymers, learn about the role of selecting the optimal material, and dig into several application case studies that can be considered across materials.

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