RDD Europe 2023, Respiratory Drug Delivery (RDD) is the must-attend, quality international conference concerning all aspects of pulmonary and nasal drug delivery. 

This year’s event will be held at the Antipolis Palais des Congrès in Antibes (Nice), France, from May 2-5, 2023, with in-depth presentations and discussion of pioneering science plus the opportunity for face-to-face networking.  

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Podium Talk: Designing away from landfill and incineration - circularity in medical devices

Date | 04 May 2023

Time | TBA

Speakers |  Henry Blower, Principal Mechanical Engineer and Dan Cowen, Senior Consultant


Management of medical waste is a significant challenge for the healthcare industry, and this is particularly relevant for inhaled therapies. With the majority of waste still being incinerated or sent to landfill, there is an ever-increasing pressure on the industry to divert waste to more sustainable end-of-life processing options.

We discuss the various end-of-life options, such as recycling, remanufacturing, and reuse and how to choose the appropriate option for a given product. We also discuss what can be done during product design and development to ensure these waste management methods are commercially viable, have minimal burden on the environment and are feasible from both a technical and regulatory perspective. We provide an overview of the tools and techniques required to make the correct design decisions to balance sustainability with other factors that are key to product success.

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Are you a member of the Respiratory Drug Delivery LinkedIn group? If not, take this opportunity to join the group, network with peers from across related industries and keep up to date with future RDD activities.

Meet the speakers


Henry Blower

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Henry Blower is a Principal Mechanical Engineer specialising in medical product development and leading mechanical design activities. Henry is a sustainability lead and has a strong interest in sustainable device development. He has worked on multiple respiratory drug delivery devices and has experience in implementing sustainable design principles in development projects. 


Dan Cowen

Senior Consultant

Dan Cowen is a Senior Consultant with significant experience leading large multidisciplinary medical development programmes, including developing respiratory drug delivery devices. Dan is a sustainability lead and has previously spoken on this subject at conferences such as DDL. He is also a physicist specialising in fluid and thermodynamics, engineering simulation and numerical modelling.


ANTIPOLIS - Palais des Congrès d'Antibes
60 Chem. des Sables,
06160 Antibes,

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