Program Strands

HEALTHCARE APPLICATIONS

The Healthcare Strand invites the Healthcare manufacturer using radiation processing technology to attend IMRP 18. Through the rare opportunity to assemble professional microbiologists, materials experts, regulators, radiation equipment manufacturers, physicists, expert consultants, and industry Standard authors; this IMRP desires to share many years of experience in the radiation processing industry directly with our manufacturing partners. Whether an opportunity to gain insightful scientific comprehension, build a support network within the industry, or strengthen confidence in defending sterility claims; Vancouver presents a spectacular backdrop to both the seasoned and entry level manufacturing Sterility Assurance Expert. We look forward to a productive Strand catering to the Healthcare product manufacturer as never offered before.

Topics

  • Main target: users of radiation technology for sterilization (med device manufacturers, pharmaceutical, combination products and tissues)
  • Interpreting the standards and applying them
  • Panel discussion on key issues (including FDA)
  • Patient safety (microbiology, SAL)
  • External vs internal consultant knowledge
  • Commodity products with low costs vs high dollar products where ability to process is limited

Committee Members

  • Arthur Dumba (Independent UK)
  • Nishad Dhurandhar (Microtrol Sterilisation Services Private Limited, India)
  • Wendy Wangsgard (Nelson Laboratories, USA)

ADVANCED MATERIALS APPLICATIONS

This strand will focus largely on medical applications including nanobio technology, drug delivery systems with nano gels, joint implants, tissue engineering with radiation to synthesize polymeric scaffold materials, use of antioxidants in the manufacturing process, stent technology, irradiation of blood separating gels, and nano-composites and graft polymerization. In addition, abstracts are solicited in the topical areas of the fundamental radiation chemistry for materials development and specialized advanced materials development, including nanomaterials (both 2D and 3D), nanocomposites, and materials for fuel cells, separations, electronics, including molecular electronics, and sensors. New approaches in materials processing, design, and integration and novel concepts are also welcome.

Topics

  • Medical applications:
    • Nanobio
    • Drug delivery systems with nano gels
    • (with e/b or gamma; to synthesize or to sterilize)
    • Joint implants (UHMWPE sterilization to increase functionality)
    • Tissue engineering with e/b to synthesize polymeric materials which are a scaffold
    • Use of antioxidants in manufacturing process
    • Stent technology
    • Nano-composite and graft polymerization
  • Other applications: fuel cells (Korea), separation (France)

Committee Members

  • Dianne Poster (NIST-USA)
  • Jame Wishart (Brookhaven National Lab-USA)
  • Mark S. Driscoll (Syracuse University-USA)
  • Fu-wie Tang (Abbott Lab-USA)
  • Piotr Ulanski (Lodz University-Poland)
  • Xavier Coqueret (Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne-France)
  • Clelia Dispenza (University of Palermo-Italy)
  • Young-Chang Nho (Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute -Korea)
  • Byung Cheol Lee (Korean Atomic Energy Research Institute –Korea)
  • Kenji Takahashi (Kanazawa University-Japan)
  • Prof. Wu (China)

OTHER APPLICATIONS

The Other Applications Strand for IMRP 18 will include updates and new information on the use of irradiation for food processing, phytosanitary applications, and emerging irradiation applications. This will include updates on the changing international food regulations, changes in irradiated food consumer demand in some global areas, and new food applications. It will also include a panel discussion on emerging food radiation issues with current retailers of irradiated foods, food regulatory agencies, experts familiar with recent foodborne illness outbreaks, and others from the food industry. This strand will also cover emerging applications for irradiation, including its updated use in municipal wastewater treatment and cultural heritage applications. This strand promises the latest and newest irradiation applications for food and other products. Anyone interested in these food and emerging irradiation applications should attend.

Topics

  • Emerging Radiation Applications
  • Phytosanitary Applications
  • Food Processing – What’s New in the Marketplace?
  • Emerging Food Radiation Issues – Panel Discussion

Committee Members

  • Suresh Pillai (National Center for E-beam Research, Texas A&M)
  • Eric Beers (Nordion)
  • Murray Lynch (Steritech)
  • Frank Benso (Gateway America)
  • Laura Jeffers (USDA)
  • Kim Morehouse (FDA)
  • Anu Prakash (Chapman)

GAMMA TECHNOLOGIES

The objective of the Gamma Technology strand is to provide updates to the industry on new developments in the supply and use of cobalt-60 for radiation processing globally. The cobalt supply landscape has changed since the last IMRP, and the first Gamma Technology session will present updates on issues of transportation, licensing and disposal as well as address industry concerns around radiological security. Other sessions will be dedicated to new equipment and process design as well as advances in modelling and dosimetry for those who are looking for the most leading edge technology in gamma processing. Presenters are being selected and invited from top experts in gamma technology worldwide so that participants will have the opportunity to network and have their questions answered by leading authorities in their respective fields.

Topics

  • Main target: New and existing users of gamma technology, contract sterilizers, in-house users and companies whose products are or may be gamma processed
  • What’s going on in the industry
  • Cobalt supply – transportation – security – disposal
  • Application-specific gamma design
  • Processing methods
  • Mathematical modeling
  • Dosimetry
  • Shared session with E/B: comparison with modalities (E/B, X-ray, gamma)

Committee Members

  • Mark Thomas (STERIS)
  • Mark Smith (Ionaktis)
  • Vladimir Fesenko (JSC Isotope)
  • Ananth Vas (Symec Engineers, India)
  • Michelle Xiao (SQHL)

E-BEAM/X-RAY TECHNOLOGIES

The E-beam and X-ray Technologies strand will focus on the implementation of advanced solutions for new technologies, like superconducting RF cavities, magnets, and other accelerator components such as cathodes, klystrons, and advanced material windows. New developments in the efficiency of X-ray conversion will be presented. Case studies will examine the use accelerator systems in fundamental research in the field of the physical, chemical and biological effects of radiation, as well as industrial applications.

Topics

  • Main target: in-house and contract sterilization locations; cables, tire and polymer products industry; R&D centres
  • Manufacturers and end users
  • High energy E-beam/X-ray
  • Low energy E-beam/X-ray
  • Case studies
  • Packaging: bioburden reduction for packaging, labware, Tetrapack, replacing hydrogen peroxide

Committee Members

  • Hironari Yamada (Japan)
  • Urs V.Lauppi (Switzerland)
  • Yuwei Wang (China)
  • Marsh Cleland (USA)
  • Anthony Berejka (USA)
  • Rob Edgecock (UK)
  • Mike Demsky (Russia)
  • Sunil Sabharwal (Austria)