Sep 18 – 19, 2019
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory
US/Central timezone

On September 18 – 19, the Illinois Accelerator Research Center (IARC) at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will host a regional workshop for stakeholders exploring accelerator-based sterilization alternatives. Fermilab has been tapped as a key partner to the federal government and industry in advancing the feasibility of particle accelerator-driven sterilization approaches. This work builds on our 50-year history of building and innovating these technologies for industry applications.

The workshop will focus on the current state of medical device sterilization, educate participants on the fundamental principles, address what information is needed to ease regulatory approval, and how scientists and industry can work together toward a new industry standard. The schedule will alternate between presentations and moderated panel discussions in order to give all participants an opportunity to be involved in the discussion.


Confirmed Speakers and Panelists

  • Peter Baker (Quantum EBX)
  • Jeremy Brison (IBA)
  • Tim Carlson (BD Medical)
  • John Conrad (iBIO)
  • Debbie Cotton (Baxter)
  • Emily Craven (Mevex)
  • Arved Deecke (Benebion)
  • Tony Faucette (BD)
  • Lance Garrison (NNSA)
  • Pamela Goldberg (MDIC)
  • Betty Howard (Steris)
  • Thomas Kroc (Fermilab)
  • Byron Lambert (Abbott)
  • Christophe Malice (IBA)
  • Josef Mittendorfer (High Tech Consulting)
  • Mark Murphy (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)
  • Clarence Murray (FDA)
  • Larry Nichols (Steri-Tek)
  • Kim Patton (BD)
  • John Schlecht (Sterigenics)


Who should attend: Recent events in the medical device sterilization community reinforce that sterility assurance is not specific to any particular company or vendor. All stakeholders need to work together to define and build the future of this industry. Participants from technical, business, and regulatory functions from the following organization types will benefit from workshop participation:

  • Medical device manufacturers
  • Accelerator manufacturers
  • Contract sterilization vendors
  • Medical device regulators


Attendees should expect to:

  • Understand and contribute to conversation on the key drivers for choosing and implementing a sterilization approach:
    • The science of radiation sterilization technologies (X-ray, gamma, & E-beam)
    • The economics of sterilization technologies
    • The potential paths and obstacles to registration of a sterilization method for medical device sterilization
  • Network within the community supporting the sterilization of medical devices including industry, research, and regulatory organizations
  • Connect with Fermilab technology experts and tour Lab facilities
  • Influence discussion on the direction of medical device sterilization and potential collaboration opportunities and mechanisms to help realize that future


Registration open until September 14. Walkup registration will not be available for this workshop.


Cancellations and refunds accomodated until September 11, minus applicable credit card processing fees. - Registration is now closed.