Karen Polkinghorne

Karen began her career as a packaging development engineer designing and testing medical packaging for orthopedic implants and surgical instrument trays.  She also worked as a business development manager for a major sterile packaging manufacturer before joining DuPont.  

Karen Polkinghorne

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During her career, Karen has specialized in medical package design, equipment qualification, package and process validation, project management and materials marketing. 

Karen holds a bachelor’s degree in packaging from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Colorado.

  • Tyvek® 1073B

    DuPont™ Tyvek® 1073B is ideal for strong, tear-resistant medical device packaging for heavy, sharp or bulky products.

  • Tyvek® 2FS™

    DuPont™ Tyvek® 2FS™ is a high puncture-resistant substrate that outperforms paper in terms of toughness and microbial barrier. The lightest form of Tyvek®, it is well-suited for form-fill-seal, less demanding or cost-sensitive applications.

  • Tyvek® 1059B

    DuPont™ Tyvek® 1059B provides robust protection for medium-risk, sterile medical packaging applications. Lighter weight than Tyvek® 1073B, this proven performer is ideal for smaller devices and those with rounded edges.