B5 | Innovation for sustainable healthcare products: Outcomes of the European PVC-free blood bag project

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Presentation: How good is the new PVC free blood bag? Promising results in more depth from the Life+ project PVC- free Blood Bag 

In this session, you will find out more about the PVC-free blood bags ability to store red blood cells and the bags impact on the environment as well as future scenarios.

Speaker Lena Stigh, Project Manager - Region Jämtland Härjedalen

With an MSc in Organic Chemistry, Lena has been working in R&D for more than 12 years, mainly with biochemistry and polymer chemistry in the private sector. In 2007 she started working at Jegrelius Institute for Applied Green Chemistry focusing on stimulating both demand and production of non-toxic products. One of the tasks has been conducting environmental assessments of products. Lena is the project manager of PVCfreeBloodBag and she also managed the pre-study, leading to the Life+ project.


PresentationIn vitro study of red blood cells stored in the new blood bags 

Speaker Stephan Meinke PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher - Karolinska University Hospital

Stephan has a background in biochemistry and immunology. Since 2011 his research in Petter Höglund's group is focused on transfusion immunology. Stephan performed the in-vitro study of red blood cells stored in the new blood bags.
Speaker Macus Wendin, LCA Expert - Miljögiraff AB
Marcus is an environmental engineer with an MSc in Environmental Science, he is specialised in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). Since year 2000 he has been working as a consultant helping both big and small companies developing their environmental strategies based on findings from LCAs. Marcus is responsible for the LCA report of the PVC-free blood bag. Marcus is driven by the cross boundary meetings that develop us. Environmental issues are something that he regards as common goal and a means of cooperation. Combining scientific methods with creative processes inspires Marcus to achieve positive changes for both environment and business. Starting as internal LCA expert at Volvo in development project for fuels, diesel engine, emission gas treatment, fuel cell and much more, he has bee at Miljögiraff as owner and creative director since 2003.
Presentation: What is next in the regulatory path? 
Speaker Alice Ravizza, Representative for R&D - Haemotronic SpA
Alice is a biomedical engineer, working in R&D and Regulation of disposable medical devices since 2001. She has experience in regulatory aspects for the CE marking of innovative medical devices. She managed the technical and regulatory aspects of the PVC-free bags manufacturing at Haemotronic.
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