Marken unveils protective thermal box to ship clinical drug products

10th April 2019 (Last Updated April 10th, 2019 14:13)

Marken, a clinical supply chain subsidiary of UPS, has launched a new custom-designed and protective thermal box for shipment of clinical drug products.

The new Smart Box, which will provide 24/7 tracking visibility using any one of three different GPS tracking devices, can also be used to ship clinical drug substance and cell & gene therapies.

The configurable container also uses Marken’s own SENTRY device that offers location, temperature, movement, and shock as often as once per hour.

Marken CEO Wes Wheeler said: “Marken has once again made the investments required to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations for shipment security and visibility.

“At least 1,000 new Marken Smart Box containers are scheduled for delivery to various Marken locations starting this month. At the same time, we are increasing our fleet of Sentry GPS tracking devices and have placed additional orders for thermal packaging to supplement the new Smart Box.”

It is built with rugged durability and can also accommodate Bluetooth technology for temperature monitoring as well as identification.

The Smart Box meets ISTA 3A qualified distribution testing for payload integrity and performance and has been thermal tested in compliance with industry standards for up to 96 hours at 2-8 degrees C.

The green colouration of the box offers recognition and easy identification.

Wheeler further added: “The combination of our existing fleet of thermal packaging and our new fleet of Smart Box containers, together with a variety of GPS trackers, will give our clients many options to secure and protect their valuable shipments.”