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Jan Gates

Packaging Engineer, Adept Packaging

Jan Gates has 35+ experience in package engineering for medical devices, pharmaceuticals, detergent, and foods with a BS in Food Science and 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 meet regulatory, product protection, and customer use requirements, as well as production optimization, validation, and minimal packaging for sustainability.

Jan previously worked for Bristol Myers Squib, Conagra, Lever Brothers, Dade Behring, and Abbott Vascular, and currently leads PackWise Consulting (her consultancy) and as VP of Client Solutions and Principal Packaging Engineer for Adept Packaging.

Jan works with ASTM D10 and F02 committees for rigid/flexible packaging and environmental package testing. She also represents the United States on various ISO TC 122 committees for packaging tests, vocabulary, labeling, and product shipment.

She led a task group with AMMI on a US guidance document for compliance with ISO 11607-1/-2 (packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, later converted to ISO/TS 16775.)

Jan is on the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) HealthPack Advisory board, IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee and is the Southern California IoPP Co-president.