Aaron Mertens is the US Technical Manager for Atec Pharmatechnik, Germany. Atec manufactures pharmaceutical processing equipment, such as formulation systems, vessels, clean room lifts and stopper processing systems. For Atec, Mertens is responsible for providing technical support for new and existing installations. This includes project management, equipment commissioning, qualification and troubleshooting. Previously, Mertens worked for nearly 10 years for Pfizer Inc., USA, in the Quality Assurance Sterilization Technology department. At Pfizer, he specialized in sterilization validation of autoclaves, dry heat ovens / tunnels, freeze dryers and stopper processors. He also has experience interfacing with industry regulatory agencies (FDA and EMEA), representing validation programs for steam, dry heat, vapor phase hydrogen peroxide and irradiation sterilization processes.