Daphne has been Editor of PMP News since 1998. In addition to leading the editorial team, she has served on the following: HCPC Compliance Package of the Year Award, Member of IoPP, Chair of the Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee’s Sustainable Packaging Task Group and served as a speaker at various trade shows, seminars, and association and company meetings, and during live Webcasts.
Head, Packaging Development – Wellness Category
Sriman Banerjee has over 15 years experience in the field of Plastics & Packaging having worked with Reliance Industries , Marico & Johnson & Johnson. Currently he is working as Head of Packaging Development - Wellness category at Glaxo Smithkline - Consumer Healthcare & based out of Parsippany, USA. Sriman is a Mechanical Engineer with a Masters in Packaging from Indian Institute of Packaging and a Post Graduate in Plastic Technology. He has also a Masters in Financial Management from Mumbai University. He is a Certified Packaging Professional from IOPP, USA. Sriman has presented papers on Plastics technology & Packaging technology in National & International conferences organized by PackExpo, Indian Plastics Institute, AIPMA, Indian Institute of Packaging, India Packaging Show and International Corrugated Conference. He has published papers and written articles in IPI Journal, Packaging India, South Asia Packaging, ET Polymers. He is instrumental in developing many new technologies & applications like PP thermoforming, PP – ISBM, Random co-polymers, Ter-polymers, Spouted pouches, Frenel’s Lens cartons and Unidose packs. Under his leadership, GSK has been awarded the IndiaStar, Asia Star, WorldStar over the last 6 years & PlastIndia Sustainability award for excellence in packaging.
Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council (HCPC)
Walt Berghan became HCPC's Executive Director in September 2010 after working with the organization in various board and chair positions for over ten years. In 2004, Walt Berghahn joined AmerisourceBergen Packaging Group as Vice President of Packaging Technology. In this position Mr. Berghahn supported AB’s Packaging Group companies by acting as liaison to Trade Associations and industry work groups, monitoring regulatory changes, evaluating their impact on future operations, coordinating technology suppliers to support implementation of changes and recommending appropriate action. Mr. Berghahn has worked on numerous project teams within EPCglobal on Track and Trace initiatives, continued with GS1 Healthcare. Prior to joining AmerisourceBergen, Mr. Berghahn was with Uhlmann Packaging Systems, a manufacturer of packaging machinery for the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Berghahn held a variety of positions at Uhlman including Director of Marketing and Business Development (2004), Director of Sales and Marketing North America (1999-2004), and Manager of East Coast Sales (1996-1999). Mr Berghahn was also Manager, Machinery Sales North America at American Fuji Seal and a Regional Manager, Machinery Sales, Rodico Inc. Mr. Berghahn holds a B.S. from Rutgers University College of Engineering with a Degree in Packaging Engineering.
Pharmaceutical Sector Lead
Bob Celeste is the Pharmaceutical Sector Lead of GS1 Healthcare US, an initiative that focuses on driving the adoption and implementation of GS1 Standards in the healthcare industry to improve patient safety and supply chain efficiency. Mr. Celeste brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in business process and supply chain management in healthcare, pharmaceutical and a number of other industries. With GS1 Healthcare US, he is responsible for working with the US healthcare industry to help improve patient safety and increase supply chain efficiency through the adoption and wide-scale implementation of GS1® global standards to support visibility, traceability, and pedigree practices. Prior to joining GS1 US, Mr. Celeste served as a consultant on business process modeling and reengineering to a variety of industries, including pharmaceutical, chemical, telecommunications, finance, banking, manufacturing and retail.
Vice President of Marketing
Brian Daleiden is Vice President of Marketing and a co-founder at TraceLink Inc. where he leads the company’s global marketing and lead generation efforts. Prior to TraceLink, Brian has led a diverse set of leadership roles in marketing, global alliance development, product management and software development roles spanning Fortune 500 companies such as Rockwell Automation and fast growing software technology companies such as SupplyScape Corporation, Catalyst International and ICOM Inc. Brian holds an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University and a BS in Economics from the University of Wisconsin.
Pharma Logic Solutions
Mr. William (Bill) Fletcher’s background spans over 29 years in pharmaceutical, enterprise software and healthcare systems. Mr. Fletcher leverages his deep subject matter and project management experience to help solve complex business problems. His experience in life sciences includes packaging/labeling execution systems (PES) and machine vision inspection systems, serialization, barcoding, radio frequency identification (RFID), distribution systems, chain-of-custody e-Pedigree/RxASN, supply chain track and trace and improving overall equipment effectiveness (OEE). His experience also includes healthcare information systems (HL7), medical devices, drug discovery and R&D, clinical trials, brand marketing and physician education.
Mr. Fletcher is currently focused on pharmaceutical serialization, track and trace and anti-counterfeiting for both commercial and clinical goods. He has developed serialization and e-Pedigree strategy, requirements, vendor selection and project planning for multiple companies. In June 2012, he completed his 13th serialization and traceability strategy/requirement/vendor selection project in life sciences.
In a prior role, Mr. Fletcher was director of development for a leading provider of packaging execution systems and machine vision inspection systems. In that role Mr. Fletcher led development teams for multiple serialization and RFID projects, including for a highly publicized serialization, RFID and e-Pedigree deployment for a top 10 global pharmaceutical company.
Mr. Fletcher is a long standing member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), GS1 (traceability, RFID and barcoding standards) and has received various industry certifications, including SAP Auto identification infrastructure (Aii) for managing encoding systems.
Director, Technical Customer Support
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc.
Peggy Frandolig holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Biology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and has nearly 20 years of experience within the pharmaceutical industry. She currently is the Director of Technical Customer Support with responsibilities for working with customers to guide decisions for appropriate container closure systems for their drug products. Peggy joined West Pharmaceutical Services in 2000, as Project Coordinator for the Analytical Laboratories; Peggy was promoted to Associate Manager of Project Management and Document Control in the Analytical Labs. Her most recent position at West was Quality Assurance Manager, Customer Relations where she was responsible for managing the customer complaint handling process and facilitating corrective action and route cause analysis for issues surrounding production. She was the customer liaison between the manufacturing facilities and customer as it relates to product complaints and other related quality interactions.
President / Innovation
DeeDee Gordon is a renowned consumer insight and trends expert who has been at the leading edge of trend research for more than 15 years. Beginning in 1995, Gordon joined ad agency Lambesis, as director of research and product development, and broke new ground by creating the first national report to track trend diffusion in the youth market, The L Report. In Fall 2010, Gordon joined Sterling Brands, where she oversees the Innovation Group. As president of innovation, Gordon offers clients access to The-Collaboratory, and provides one-stop shopping, from initial concept development to final product execution. By engaging the consumer throughout the entire process, Gordon helps brands design better products, services, and experiences that fulfill people’s needs and positively affect their lives. Recognized internationally as a leader in consumer and trend culture, Gordon has lectured all over the world and has been featured in numerous media outlets, including, Good Morning America, CNN, The New Yorker, Vogue, Time, Los Angeles Times and The New York Times Magazine. Gordon and her case studies have also been included in Life Stories: Profiles from The New Yorker, Malcolm Gladwell’s The Tipping Point, and several college textbooks. In addition, Gordon was featured on PBS’s Frontline special “Merchants of Cool.” which is used in the marketing curriculum for numerous college classrooms today.
VP of Global Brand Protection & Supply Chain Integrity
Johnson & Johnson
Ron Guido is an independent consultant in the health care industry specializing in business development, marketing and supply chain management. Ron has 36 years experience with Johnson & Johnson. He has held vice president level positions in the areas of operations, sales, product marketing, international marketing, new business development, information technology and general management. His most recent role was Vice President, Global Brand Protection and Supply Chain Integrity for Johnson & Johnson where his group was responsible for anti-counterfeiting programs and policies. He continues to consult within the healthcare industry on the topic of supply chain security. He is a Board member for a charitable medical organization known as Operation Smile, an advisor to the Rothman Institute of Entrepreneurial Studies at Farleigh Dickinson University and an instructor with the Rutgers University Strategic Health Care mini-MBATM program. Ron holds three patents for medical devices. Ron has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering from Rutgers University and a Masters in Management Engineering from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Senior Vice President of Operations
Quality Packaging Specialists International (QPSI)
Will manages all operational aspects of QPSI’s business. Will comes to QPSI with over 22 years of experience in production and manufacturing management, primarily in FDA, DEA, cGMP and OSHA regulated environments. Most recently, Will was the General Manager of pharmaceutical packaging operations for Amcor at its Bethlehem, PA plant. Under Will’s helm, he increased the gross margin of the business from a negative 11% to positive in 2 years. He sponsored Six Sigma Black and Green Belt initiatives and Kaizen projects. His focus is on creating an environment of teamwork and a culture of lean manufacturing and continuous improvement. Prior to Amcor, he was Director of Operational Excellence at Cardinal Health, Director of Operations at Catalent Pharma Solutions and a Production Supervisor at Packaging Coordinators.
California State Board of Pharmacy
Virginia Herold became executive officer of the Board of Pharmacy in January 2007. Prior to this appointment, Ms. Herold served as assistant executive officer of the Board for 16.5 years, and interim executive officer for seven months. A graduate of the University of California, Ms. Herold holds Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees. Her education involved a blend of consumer protection, economics and textile chemistry. She has focused her career on consumer protection. Before coming to the Board, she served as publications editor for the Department of Consumer Affairs and manager of the Department of Consumer Affairs Legislation Office. As executive officer, Ms. Herold works closely with and advises the 13 Board of Pharmacy members in the development of policy and in the administration of the board’s enforcement, licensing and regulatory programs to further the board’s consumer protection mandate. The Board regulates over 130,000 licensees in 13 separate licensure classifications including pharmacists, pharmacies and drug wholesalers.
Senior Director Worldwide Environment, Health & Safety
Johnson & Johnson
Al is a Senior Director in the Worldwide Environment, Health & Safety department at Johnson & Johnson where he directs the global Product Stewardship and Green Marketing programs. He has over 30 years experience in the EHS field and leads Johnson & Johnson’s EARTHWARDS™ greener product design process, Healthy Future 2015 product stewardship sustainability goals, green marketing, emerging issues and environmental toxicology programs. Prior to J&J, Al worked for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and at an environmental consulting firm. Al received his Ph.D. degree in Environmental Policy from the Union Institute & University in Cincinnati where he researched EHS self-regulation programs. He is the author of the books, Greener Products: the Making & Marketing of Sustainable Brands (CRC Press 2011) and “Industry Self-Regulation and Voluntary Environmental Compliance” (CRC Press, 2002) and has written numerous articles on product stewardship and environmental compliance.
Director, Business Development, Healthcare Division
Joe Keenan has over twenty years of experience in research & development, project management, sales, marketing and business management. During his career, Joe has been awarded six U.S. Patents and their international equivalents; project managed over forty medical devices to market, successfully ran a business unit in Europe, negotiated several multi-million dollar contracts internationally and founded a startup venture in both Europe and the U.S. Joe earned a MBA at Babson College in Wellesley MA, a M.E. in Biomedical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester MA and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Massachusetts in Amherst MA.
Vice President of Sales & Marketing and the Solutions Group
Quality Packaging Specialists International (QPSI)
Daryl’s key responsibility is to develop vision and strategy to grow QPSI into a billion dollar corporation. By maximizing core competencies, leading the creation of sustainable market differentiators and identifying novel business models, Daryl aims to expand QPSI’s value proposition richness. Meanwhile, Daryl’s role also includes the development and execution of sales strategies to expand QPSI’s channel access reach. He has invested his 20 year career in the packaging business, holding leadership roles for a wide variety of Fortune 500 companies such as Avery Dennison, MWV and Alcan. While performing Engineering, Project Management, Product Development Sales and Marketing functions, he has worked extensively in a broad range of market verticals including Personal Care, Health and Beauty Care, Wine and Beverage, Food and Pharmaceuticals.
Montesino Associates LLC
Peter Schmitt founded Montesino Associates in July of 1996 to provide a full range of marketing services for companies in the plastics and packaging industries in the Americas. Mr. Schmitt's fluency in Spanish and extensive experience in Latin America has secured Montesino excellent credibility in the Latin American marketplace. Mr. Schmitt began his career in the early 1980's selling various types of polymeric raw materials (film, sheet, and synthetic resin) to the medical, pharmaceutical and electronics industries in Puerto Rico and throughout the Caribbean. The company he helped build was acquired by a division of General Electric (Polymerland), and his geographic responsibilities expanded to include Mexico and Central America. Mr. Schmitt was previously Director of Marketing for American Mirrex, one of the largest producers of PVC film to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries in North America. Mr. Schmitt has a M.Div. from St. Bernard's and a B.A. from St. John Fisher, both in Rochester, NY
Head of Packaging Technology Innovation
Guido Schmitz is the head of packaging and technology innovation for Bayer Consumer Care, a division of Bayer Healthcare which operates in over 100 countries with a portfolio of more than 170 consumer healthcare products including some of the world’s best known and most trusted over-the-counter mediations and nutritional supplements. Guido, who has been in his present capacity since 2010, is responsible for leading new technology and packaging development activities for analgesics, cardiovascular risk prevention, cough and cold, dermatology, gastro-intestinal, and nutritional brands. Guido joined Bayer Healthcare in 1980 as a technical manager and through exemplary leadership and outstanding achievements in his work advanced to several senior level positions prior to accepting his current appointment. Well known and highly regarded, he credits his success to ambition and perseverance, qualities he exercises in all of his endeavors. Guido completed an apprenticeship at Bayer and continues to educate himself through his affiliation with the Institute of Packaging Professionals New Jersey chapter and the AAPS. Equally committed to the betterment of the community, he maintains a dynamic philanthropic agenda and is involved with the Bayer Making Science Make Sense Program, a US-wide initiative that promotes the importance of science in schools. In 2010 Bayer assigned Guido to the Bayer Expert Club, a Bayer network with Innovation leader to drive unique future products concepts.
Sr. Director Marketing and Developmental Services
Packaging Coordinators, Inc.
Justin Schroeder is Senior Director, Marketing & Development Services at Packaging Coordinators. Schroeder works closely with pharmaceutical and biotech companies in identifying and supporting their global packaging needs throughout the product life cycle. Packaging Coordinators supports clinical/investigational products and commercial products destined for markets in over 100 countries globally. Packaging Coordinators’ global capabilities include packaging for both small-scale and large-scale projects, supporting them with sophisticated integrated technologies, process automation, and leveraging innovative packaging applications including serialization to support developing domestic and international Track and Trace initiatives. Schroeder has also played a role in the patent and commercial development of Packaging Coordinators’ child resistant – senior friendly line of compliance prompting unit dose packaging designs. Schroeder is a graduate of the Michigan State University School of Packaging and holds a Masters of Business Administration with a Marketing focus from Northern Illinois University. Schroeder is a Certified Packaging Professional from the Institute of Packaging Professionals and is the Vice Chairman of the Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council.
Global Lead Quality Manager, Microbiology R&D
Don Singer is Global Lead Quality Manager, Microbiology R&D for GlaxoSmithKine. Don has been a member of the USP Microbiology Committee of Experts since 2000, and is a Certified Specialist Microbiologist (NRCM) and Certified Pharmaceutical GMP Professional (ASQ) and has been a Malcolm Baldrige Award Examiner. He is a Senior member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), Food Drug and Cosmetic Division. Don’s career spans over 35 years of research, quality control, quality assurance experience in the pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and food industries. He is currently an adjunct instructor in the Biopharmaceutical Quality program at University of Maryland Baltimore Campus and an invited instructor to numerous global educational conferences and workshops
Edward J. Smith, Ph.D.
Packaging Science Resources, LLC
Ed Smith is Principal at Packaging Science Resources LLC which provides consulting and training in packaging for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and medical device industries. Ed is a member of the PDA and American Chemical Society. Within PDA, he leads the Packaging Science Interest Group, and served on the Steering Committee of the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Interest Group (PCCIG) where he co-authored PDA Technical Reports 39 & 46 on cold chain best practices. He is also a member of the PQRI Working Group on Parenteral & Ophthalmic Drug Products (Extractables/Leachables). He is a member of the faculty of the PDA Training and Research Institute. He is also a member of the ACS Consultants Network. He has published many articles and chapters on pharmaceutical packaging and is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and courses related to extractables/leachables and cold chain. Prior to forming his consulting practice, Ed was associated with Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where he headed a team responsible for the development and qualification of cold chain packaging systems for transporting temperature-sensitive drug products. He also served as a technical expert on parenteral packaging issues particularly with respect to the management of extractables and leachables. Before that, he was associated with Helvoet Pharma Inc. and West Pharmaceutical Services in various technical management positions. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from Villanova University and received his M.S. & Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Seton Hall University (So. Orange, NJ).
Vice President Sales & Marketing
Michael Stewart brings a fresh perspective to the pharmaceutical industry, with more than 18 years in investment banking and strategic business operations consulting. His role at PharmTech Inc. is to engage and advise stakeholders to ensure that their serialization, traceability and compliance projects produce the desired deliverables, while keeping an opportunistic eye on capturing ROI and business value to turn a perceived sunk cost into a strategic investment. Recent engagements include; -Project management within a top 10 pharmaceutical manufacturer from serialization strategy development to full US & ex-US piloting and implementation -e-Pedigree gap analysis & compliance road map for virtual and contract manufacturers -Developed a Risk Management Plan for Serialization (US & ex-US)- Impacts to Track & Trace program -Documentation for Quality surrounding impact of serialization on IT, packaging lines and distribution operations -URS requirements gathering and independent serialization vendor selection -Piloting supply chain processes for serialized pharmaceutical product Michael has co-authored several white papers, including the “California 2015 Serialization & e-Pedigree Strategy Guide”, and is a regular contributor to industry publications, webinars and conferences surrounding pharmaceutical serialization and project management. Michael holds an M.B.A. in Finance from American University, B.A. in Political Science from Creighton University, and has earned certifications in Financial Planning, Lean and Project Management.
Allison Y. Strochlic
UL - Wiklund R&D
Allison Y. Strochlic serves as Research Director at UL-Wiklund R&D, a human factors consulting group that provides human factors engineering (HFE) services to the medical device and pharmaceutical industries. She manages and contributes technically to user research, user interface design, and usability testing work on various medication delivery devices and pharmaceutical products. Sample products include auto-injectors, transdermal patches, IV fluid bags, and pill containers and dispensers. Many projects focus on evaluating safety, intuitiveness, legibility, readability, and comprehensibility, and result in the development of device, label, and package design recommendations. Ms. Strochlic is co-author of Usability Testing of Medical Devices and several technical papers focused on applying HFE to medical device development. She is also a part-time lecturer at Tufts University. She earned her B.S. in Human Factors at Tufts University and her M.S. in Human Factors in Information Design at Bentley University.
Burgopak Healthcare & Technology
Mark has been in the packaging industry for nearly 14 years, supplying the industry through control instrumentation for 8 years previous to that. A trained engineer, he has moved through Sales, Sales Management, Marketing and General Management, into his present role as Managing Director of Burgopak HealthCare and Technology.
Mark has been with Burgopak close to 5 years, his start date was just 6 months before Burgopak’s automated solution was installed into AndersonBrecon (UK). Mark has helped develop the Burgopak Healthcare & Technology business through its dedicated team of designers, accounts and marketing staff to a recognised name in the industry as a packaging solution provider. Through the skills of the design team, the business has developed starter kits for medical packaging, through to innovative blister packaging for global brands. Burgopack’s Child Resistant solution has won numerous awards over the years. Having personally been involved in the Child Resistant development and subsequent machine specification for the US market, Mark has witnessed and experienced the process of taking a great packaging idea and finding ways to deliver it commercially.
With the on-going development and project opportunities managed by both Mark and his team, Burgopak recognizes the importance of supporting compliance through design. They are also in prime position to see the interesting and important roles technology can and will play in the future.
Vice President of Network Development
Dan Walles is the Vice President of Network Development for TraceLink, a software solution provider focused on protecting patients, enabling health and ensuring compliance. In his Network Development role, Dan’s team works with Life Sciences companies on creating business value from supply chain collaboration and track & trace initiatives. Dan has worked within Life Sciences supply chain since 1998 and has participated and led major customer initiatives including the commercialization of a cold chain information management system and the industry’s first product authentication service. Dan earned an MBA from Bentley College in Waltham, MA and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.