SPMC is formed as a council of the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA). Membership in SPMC is open to FPA member companies whose primary activity is the conversion of raw materials into flexible packaging or packaging components for medical devices.
That same year, FDA approves a surgical laser procedure (keratotomy) for correcting vision problems such as near-sightedness, and the gene that triggers breast cancer is identified.
The SPMC Marketing Committee is created to advance SPMC as an industry resource. Their first order of business is the development of a logo and a website.
That year, surgeons successfully repair a deadly heart-valve defect in a five-month-old fetus that is still inside its mother’s womb.
SPMC launches its first website at www.sterilizationpackaging.org.
In July, the World Health Organization (WHO) declares Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) to be contained after a near pandemic records 8,096 known infected cases and 774 deaths.
A U.S. trademark is awarded for the SPMC logo, which depicts the chevron opening of a sterile package.
That same year, two teams of scientists announced that they have re-created the 1918 “Spanish flu” virus that killed between 20 million and 50 million people. Their work is hailed not only as important to the history of medicine, but as having the potential to lead to breakthroughs in understanding and preventing the bird flu strains emerging in Asia.
SPMC publishes its first ad in Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News.
The same month, the Chicago Tribune reports that scientists were able to use adult stem cells from a kidney donor’s bone marrow to help kidney recipients live without taking drugs that suppress their immune system.
SPMC participates in a Webcast on the Nuances of ISO 11607 hosted by Pharmaceutical & Medical Packaging News. Thirty-one new FAQs are developed as a result of the webcast.
A new study by U.S. scientists provides compelling evidence that two genes are linchpins in defining the course of immune restoration in HIV-positive individuals undergoing virus-suppressing therapy.
SPMC launches a fully automated online FAQ section.
That year, surgeons at the Cleveland Clinic embark on a marathon, 22-hour procedure in which they transfer 80 percent of a face — including eyelids, bone, teeth and a nose — from a cadaver to a living female patient.
SPMC organizes the first International F02 Subcommittee on Flexible Barrier Packaging. During a series of workshops in Prague, Americans and their European peers have the opportunity to experience the ASTM process.
The largest-ever genetic study of autism spectrum disorders and the success of gene therapy in reversing inherited blindness make the list of top scientific achievements in 2009, according to Time magazine, Discover magazine and the Journal of Science.
SPMC’s NEW website is launched!