Aaron Mertens has been a member of the STERIS Life Sciences Formulated Chemistries Technical Service Group as a Technical Service Specialist since January 2015. In this role, Aaron has responsibility for providing global technical support primarily for Critical Environments and Sterility Assurance Products, application and validation. Previously, for 7 years Aaron was the US Technical Manager for Atec Sterile Technology USA, a partner of Atec Pharmatechnik, Germany. For Atec USA, he was responsible for providing technical support for new and existing sterilization systems. This included project management, equipment commissioning, qualification, maintenance and troubleshooting. Also, while at Atec, Aaron managed the Commissioning and Qualification Program by maintaining standards, procedures and testing methods. Prior to that, Aaron spent nearly 10 years at Pfizer in Kalamazoo, MI. At Pfizer, he specialized in sterilization validation of autoclaves, dry heat ovens / tunnels, freeze dryers and stopper processors. Additionally, he gained experience interfacing with industry regulatory agencies (FDA, EMEA, Japan), representing validation programs for steam, dry heat, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide and irradiation sterilization processes. Aaron has been a member of ISPE and PDA since 1999, contributing by presenting posters and talks at meetings, as well as participating in local chapter functions. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Genetics from the University of Wisconsin – Madison.