10 Oct 2022

How the Pandemic Accelerated the Evolution of Cold Chain Logistics

This session was originally broadcast as part of the CPHI Worldwide 2021 digital content programme.

Over half of today's drug pipeline is comprised of biologics – drugs made from living organisms or their products. Maintaining the integrity of biologics prior to use is a primary challenge in modern healthcare. Due to the stability requirements and perishability of their protein-based components, they need exquisitely careful temperature controls. Most require uninterrupted storage at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius; some must have -20C to -80C environments.

The evolution from traditional pharma products to biologics is also driving another evolution – a reinvention of pharma delivery networks.

Graham Cromb, vice-president of Europe Healthcare Logistics and Distribution and Dan Gagnon, vice-president of Marketing Execution both from UPS Healthcare, discussed how healthcare companies are managing supply chain complexities in the age of biologics.

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