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Design for Manufacturability, Cleanability, & Serviceability

Available On Demand until May 16th, 2019

Designing durable medical devices is challenging due to the rise of superbug threats causing more stringent disinfecting protocols throughout medical facilities.

This session uncovers how to make devices stronger and disinfectant-ready – getting closer to a goal of zero failures. Hear design tips on cleanability and serviceability, and manufacturability design tips from an expert in part and tool design. 



Ellen Turner, Global Market Development Manager, Medical Devices, Eastman Chemical Company

Ellen Turner is the global market development manager for specialty plastics in medical devices at Eastman Chemical Company. She assumed this role in April 2014 and is responsible for leading the North American and global market segment teams for specialty plastics in medical devices. Ellen joined Eastman in 1995 and has worked in a variety of positions. She spent nine years in Eastman’s Fine Chemicals manufacturing and technology organizations, including pharmaceutical manufacturing, and two years in plasticizer technical service. In addition, she worked for eight years in technology, technical service, and application development. Ellen graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering and earned an MBA from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Tony Pifer, Technical Associate, Durables and Medical Application Development Lab, Eastman Chemical Company 

Tony Pifer is a technical associate for technical service and design in the advanced materials technology group at Eastman Chemical Company, in Kingsport, Tenn., USA.  Tony began his employment at Eastman Chemical Company in July 1985 after graduating from West Virginia University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He moved to an applications development position in Eastman Plastics Technology Division in 1998 after various process improvement, construction, and capital project start-up assignments in Eastman Engineering and Utilities Divisions. Currently a Technical Associate in the Durables and Medical Application Development Lab, Tony’s primary responsibilities include providing part and tooling design assistance to customers using Eastman resins for injection molding applications. Registered Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee since 1997.

Yubiao Liu, Ph.D., Medical Application Development Representative and Medical Technology Platform Leader, Eastman Chemical Company

Yubiao Liu, Ph.D., joined Eastman Chemical Company in 2012 as the Medical Application Development Representative, specializing in Tritan™ copolyester for applications in the medical device industry. In 2006, Yubiao worked at Greatbatch Medical as a research scientist, working on the development of biomimetic coating and on an antimicrobial coating project. He also has eight years of medical industry experience in polymer and biomaterial synthesis and polymer material evaluation. In addition, Yubiao has experience in providing support to 510(k) submissions. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in material science and engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Akron. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the University of Akron and Emory University School of Medicine, focusing on polymer synthesis and biomaterial surface modification.

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