Conference | Session 2: Substainability (Développement durable)

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Chair’s introduction
14:00 - 14:15 Room 721-724
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Managing Director
Pharmacentric Solutions

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HPRC(Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council): A Collaborative, Value Chain Approach to Enabling Plastic Recycling
14:15 - 14:40 Room 721-724
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Technical Marketing Specialist
DuPont™ Tyvek® Medical and Pharmaceutical Packaging

The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council (HPRC) is a private, technical consortium of industry peers across the healthcare, recycling, and waste management industries seeking to improve the recyclability of plastic products and packaging within healthcare. Founded in 2010, and made up of globally recognized members, HPRC engages in pioneering projects designed to help boost plastics recycling efforts in clinical settings of hospitals. Committed to continuous dialogue, HPRC explores ways to enhance the economics, efficiency, and ultimately the quality and quantity of healthcare plastics collected for recycling. In this presentation, you’ll hear about:
• The collaborative approach of HPRC
• Examples of HPRC project work
• Opportunities to get involved with HPRC in Europe
 

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Starting at the source, sustainable packaging in Merck supply chain
14:40 - 15:15 Room 721-724
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Associate Director, Head of Sourcing Glass
Merck Healthcare
Global Manager, Product and Packaging Sustainability
Merck Life Sciences

From locating potential issues and monitoring vendors impact, to developing packaging that is easily recyclable, and made using less energy, space or material, this presentation will show how Merck is currently improving packaging sustainability in its supply chain by working in close partnership with its suppliers.
 

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Break & Refreshments
15:15 - 15:30 Room 721-724
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Implementing circular product design on the journey towards zero environmental impact
15:30 - 15:55 Room 721-724
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Project Lead, Corporate Environmental Strategy
Novo Nordisk A/S

With the Circular for Zero strategy, Novo Nordisk aims for zero environmental impact by implementing a circular mindset across the organisation. This presentation introduces the Circular for Zero strategy and dives into the Design for circularity track, in which Novo Nordisk has set up a framework for circular design of their products. You will learn how Novo Nordisk has:
• selected indicators to measure progress on circularity
• translated circular economy into a company-specific circular design guideline
• educated employees
• integrated circularity into decision processes in product development

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Sustainable auto-injector design
15:55 - 16:20 Room 721-724
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Medical Device Innovation Lead
PA Consulting

Single use auto-injectors are popular for self-administration as the users are not in direct contact with the syringe or drug pre-injection. They are simplified so it is easier to use as it is all prepared, requiring just a button press. This is particularly relevant to emergency situations.

The single use auto-injectors are disposed of in a sharps bin as medical waste, which is then incinerated. However, only the syringe is technically considered to be medical waste. Therefore more of the device than necessary is being discarded as medical waste, wasting resources and affecting the environment.

PA has developed a eco-friendly concept by
• Replacing standard materials with biocompatible/ biodegradable materials
• Separating auto-injector into medical and non-medical waste could make recycling an option

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Medical blister recycling challenges: first steps into action
16:20 - 16:45 Room 721-724
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Eco-design services Manager
Adelphe

Blister packs are made primarily of aluminum and PVC, and bring the following end-of-life challenges in France. PVC packaging does not have a recycling stream in France, and mixed plastic/metal packaging is not recyclable in the plastic packaging stream. Moreover, PVC is not welcome as Refuse Derived Fuel. The road to a new recyclable blister to become the standard in the market is long, but will start with cooperation and communication. Only 67% of the public knows how to separate a blister pack for recycling.

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Preparing for the Black Swan: A Playbook for Exiting PVC in pharmaceutical flexible packaging
16:45 - 17:10 Room 721-724
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Managing Director & Co-Founder
Montesino Associates, LLC

According to Investopedia, “A black swan is an extremely rare event with severe consequences. It cannot be predicted beforehand, though many claim it should be predictable after the fact.” According to Accenture, a playbook includes “process workflows, standard operating procedures, and cultural values that shape a consistent response—the play. A playbook reflects a plan,an approach or strategy defining predetermined responses worked out ahead of time.” In short, a playbook shows maneuvers that form the pieces and parts to getting something done – in this case, exiting PVC. Key strategic factors covered in this playbook: cost, time, regulatory risk.
• Banning PVC: A “Black Swan” event for pharmaceutical flexible packaging
• Machinery Play – maneuvers required for modifying or replacing packaging equipment for non-PVC materials
• Operations Play – maneuvers required at the operational level, including efficiency
• Regulatory Play – maneuvers of what has to be done to establish equivalence
• User Interface Play – maneuvers required to manage the impact of non-PVC structures on the user experience
• Observations for the future…

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Panel Discussion
17:10 - 17:45 Room 721-724
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