President/Advisor Packaging Engineer
Jan Gates has 35+ experience in package engineering for foods, pharmaceuticals, detergent, and medical devices 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 have been completed to meet regulatory, product protection, and customer use requirements. Her work includes production optimization, validation, and minimal packaging for sustainability. She has previously worked for Bristol Myers Squib, Conagra, Lever Brothers, Dade Behring, and Abbott Vascular. She currently works as an independent consultant in her company, PackWise Consulting. Jan 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 committee for packaging testing, vocabulary, labeling, and 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 guidance document was converted to ISO/TS 16775. She is on the IoPP (Institute of Packaging Professionals) HealthPack Advisory board and IoPP Medical Device Packaging Technical Committee member.