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Course Instructor

Jan Gates

President/Principal Packaging Engineer, PackWise Consulting


Jan Gates has 30+ years of experience in package engineering for foods, pharmaceuticals, detergents, and medical devices, with a BS in Food Science and an MS in Packaging from Michigan State University. Her work includes individual contributions and leading teams for packaging material and systems design and development. The packaging design and development have been completed to meet regulatory, product protection, and customer use requirements; also, included are production optimization, validation, and minimal packaging for sustainability.

She has previously worked for Bristol Myers Squibb, Conagra, Lever Brothers, Dade Behring, and Abbott Vascular. She currently works as a consultant for her company, PackWise Consulting, and with Adept Packaging. Ms. Gates works with ASTM D10 and F02 committees for rigid/flexible packaging and environmental package testing. She is also working as a US representative on various ISO TC 122 committees for packaging tests, vocabulary, labeling, and temperature-controlled product shipment. She was a task group lead with AMMI on a US guidance document for compliance with ISO 11607-1/-2 (packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices). The AMMI TIR 22 document has been converted into ISO/TS 16775.

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