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Laura Bix, PhDAssociate DirectorMichigan State University

Dr. Bix is the Associate Director at the School of Packaging at Michigan State University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Clemson University. Her work focuses on quantifying the interface between people and packaging with the ultimate goal of improving health outcomes. Her unique vein of inquiry was recognized in 2008 by Medical Devices and Diagnostics Industry magazine, when she was named one of the 100 most notable people in the medical device industry. Since 2009, she has served on expert panels convened by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as part of their medication safety programs. From 2012-2014, Dr. Bix served on a national panel formed by the Gerontological Society of America (GSA) and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA) that examined behaviors related to medication use in older adults. In 2017 she served as an invited expert on a panel convened by the US Food and Drug Administration investigating the role of packaging as a deterrent for addiction. Her approach to multi-disciplinary endeavors and the value that she places on unique collaborations were honored with the Phi Kappa Phi Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award (MSU Chapter) and more recently, her leadership skills were recognized when she was appointed as a 2015-2016 MSU fellow for the CIC Academic Leadership Program. Work from her group has been published or cited by numerous publications, including: The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US, PLoS One, Consumer Reports and Men’s Health.