Healthcare Packaging Consortium Founded at CBU

Healthcare Packaging ConsortiumMemphis – On June 1, 2010, the Healthcare Packaging Consortium was founded at Christian Brothers University by seven founding members: Evergreen Packaging, FedEx, Medtronic, Merck Consumer Care, Plastic Ingenuity, Smith & Nephew, and Wright Medical.

The mission of the Consortium is to advance the knowledge related to healthcare packaging through education and research.  Its vision is to be a unique world-class healthcare packaging consortium with member companies from various segments of the packaging industry.

Dr. Siripong Malsari, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering/ Packaging Activities & Consortium Coordinator acknowledged the advantages of the Consortium, “The coming together of seven major companies and CBU in forming this unique Healthcare Packaging Consortium is a great asset to our community. Putting together our resources and brain power will have significant impacts to the worldwide packaging industry.”

The consortium is supported by CBU’s state-of-the-art International Safe Transit Association (ISTA) certified packaging lab and various engineering labs within the School of Engineering. The Consortium already has a number of current projects. Smith & Nephew is sponsoring Peel Testing Analysis and Correlation Between Burst Testing & Peel Testing, and Merck Consumer Care is sponsoring Seal Width Integrity and Distribution Tote Testing.

Benefits for members of the consortium include working together with other consortium members and CBU in various areas related to healthcare packaging via student projects and theses, three one-day seminars per year at no cost, and a discount on CBU packaging lab services.

Seminars that will be held this year are Regulatory Affairs in Medical Device Industry on September 10, Manufacturing Processes on October 29 and Quality Systems for Medical Device Industry on November 19. All seminars will be from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. in the Sabbatini Lounge of the Thomas Center on the CBU campus.

To learn more about the Consortium and how to become a member, visit or contact Dr. Siripong Malasri at or (901) 321-3419.  ###

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