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Quick STAT partners with Almac Group to develop a temperature-controlled packaging management system to strengthen their global supply chain | Clinical trial and cold chain logistics

"The partnership will provide a market leading, Just In Time (JIT) solution to improve turnaround times of phase change shipper solutions, and other Vacuum-Insulated Packaging (VIP) Systems."
QuickSTAT and Almac Group are delighted to announce a partnership that will provide a market leading, Just In Time (JIT) solution to improve turnaround times of phase change shipper solutions, and other Vacuum-Insulated Packaging (VIP) Systems. The program will help to ensure the viability of high-risk shipments to geographical and logistically challenging countries, in order to minimise the risk of a shipment temperature excursion.

The Phase Change Shipping units will be fulfilled on a JIT basis, with same-day dispatch for each customer shipment. The units will be conditioned under the manufacturer’s strict standard operating procedures for the specific temperature ranges required: +2° to +8° C, +15° to +25° C, and -25° to-15° C. They will be transported in an expedited manner, with same-day dispatch, reducing turnaround time and accelerating delivery to most locations worldwide by at least 24 hours from previous industry methods.

The base operation for the program will be in a newly commissioned QuickSTAT temperature-controlled facility, which was designed, mapped and qualified according to EU GDP guidelines. The facility is strategically located near to the Belfast International Airport, and 30 minutes from Almac’s global headquarters in Craigavon, UK.

The Inventory Management System, developed by QuickSTAT’s in-house IT team, has the ability to track VIP shippers in transit, monitors the actual time the package is valid from pack-out time, and calculates time from pack-out to expiration, based on the packaging validation specifications. It also includes a managed inventory, inclusive of returns, therefore providing efficient use of return shippers, which is an environmentally friendly solution.

"QuickSTAT is committed to providing customised solutions for our life science clients to meet the ever-challenging demands of the industry. We are pleased to offer this enhanced service, and look forward to working together with Almac Group to create innovations to strengthen their global supply chain," says Paul White, Corporate Executive Vice President, QuickSTAT.

"We are looking forward to the continued partnership with QuickSTAT and the seamless JIT service that this new facility will provide to Almac and our global clinical trial customers," says Sharon Courtney, Logistics Services Manager at Almac.

About QuickSTAT  

QuickSTAT is an expert in managing global clinical trial logistics for all phases of research and drug development, for all temperature ranges and life science products—from pre-clinical to clinical, through to commercialization. QuickSTAT specializes in time and temperature shipping of clinical research samples, biologics, investigational drugs, clinical trial supplies, vaccines and dangerous goods, helping to bring new drugs and medical protocols to market faster.

About Almac  

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IXRS® technology (IRT) through to commercial-scale manufacture.
The international company is a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 30 years and now employs in excess of 3,900 highly skilled personnel. Almac is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with operations in the UK, across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Tokyo).