Healthcare Elastomer Conference (May 21 – 22)

Mark your calendars for Rubber & Plastics News’ Healthcare Elastomer Conference in Schaumburg, IL, May 21 – 22, at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel.


The conference committee, including conference chairmen Rick Ziebell of RDAbbott and Bernard Powell of PolyOne Corporation, are currently accepting paper abstracts. Below is a sampling of some of the areas their exploring. If you’re interested in submitting an abstract, click this link.

  • New Technologies
  • 3D Manufacturing
  • Wearable Medical Devices
  • FDA Regulatory
  • Managing Change
  • Managing Risk
  • Productivity/Self-bonding Materials
  • Green Initiatives


Within the dynamic healthcare industry, elastomers serve as critical components that aid in the function of medical devices, pharmaceutical closures, specimen collection handling, drug eluding technologies, packaging, prosthetics, orthopedics, and more. These applications come under review from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) under the Centers for Devices and Radiologic Health (CDRH) and Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). Healthcare elastomers also have a unique set of properties that separate them from thermoplastics and rigid plastics, in general.

At the Healthcare Elastomer Conference, the goal is to highlight new technologies, trends, and ideas in elastomer design and function to engineers within the medical community. Here are some of the healthcare elastomers they plan to highlight:

  • Silicones (VMQ)
  • Polyisoprenes (IR)
  • Isobutylene Isoprenes (IIR)
  • Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)
  • Thermoplastic Urethanes (TPU)
  • Thermoplastic Vulcanizates (TPV)
  • Thermoplastic Olefins (TPO)


To reserve your spot, register online at and enter promo code “RDAbbott_2019” to receive a discounted registration rate of $500.


To learn more about this conference and its presenting and exhibiting opportunities, visit

Registration will be opening soon. We sure hope to see you there!


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