Andrew Mills, CEO of Intelsius-Americas, told Outsourcing-Pharma there is a rising global demand for temperature controlled packaging for drug storage and transportation, which “has compelled pharmaceutical and biotech companies to seek robust, high-performing, environmentally friendly shipping solutions to protect the integrity of these specialized materials.”
“As the development of today’s advanced therapeutics relies on these materials, the need for innovative temperature-controlled packaging systems will continue to grow,” he added.
The company claim to have created a reusable, heavy-duty temperature-controlled shipping system with encapsulated Vacuum Insulated Panels (VIPs) incorporated into its design; a feature Intelsius say allows Orcatherm to insulate up to seven times more effectively than other materials such as Styrofoam (EPS), Extruded PolyStyrene (XPS) and Expanded Polyurethane (PUR) of the same thickness.
The manufacturer believe that Orcatherm is “one of its most innovative packaging solutions to date,” as the range has been designed to ensure maximum thermal protection for distributing highly valuable, temperature-sensitive materials, such as biological samples, APIs and finished products for testing, analysis and immediate storage.
Additionally, bio-based phase change technology has been incorporated into Orcatherm, making the shipping system’s total weight and volumetric weight lighter, and therefore providing higher value shipments.
The Orcatherm launch comes at a time of considerable competition in the pharmaceutical packaging sector, particularly in the field of temperature-controlled global drug distribution.
Coldpack, for example, already offers it’s One Day Pharmaceutical Pouch for transporting small pharmaceutical items, while last year Pharmafreight and Kryotrans teamed to form a temperature-controlled shipping service.
Bearing this in mind, Intelsius have undergone a series of rebranding efforts in an attempt to help differentiate its offering. This extends so far as a new corporate identity, logo and a complete redesign of its website; the updated version of which being launched later this year.
Intelsius said the rebranding reflects the company’s growing global presence as the company already owns manufacturing facilities, distribution centres and offices across the world, including the Americas, Europe and Asia.
“This initiative reaffirms our transformation from a product provider to a leading solutions supplier,” said Mills, adding, “Orcatherm and the technical expertise required to develop it emphasise our commitment to providing customers with technologies that better help them to reach their research and scientific goals.”