Choosing the Best Passive Thermal Packaging Solution for Clinical Trial Products

Life Sciences, Clinical Trials, Pharma Manufacturing & Supply Chain,
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020

The expansive growth and regulation of temperature-sensitive distribution has led to an overwhelming number of thermal packaging solutions available on the market today and choosing the best fit has become increasingly challenging. Protecting temperature-sensitive products is paramount but overdesigning a packaging solution that is able to withstand 100% of any possible weather event results in bulky, heavy and expensive systems. Under-designing systems with low component costs will run the risk of experiencing failures in transit. Choosing the proper passive thermal packaging will allow efficiencies and accuracy in maintaining temperature and optimizing spend.

The growth of cold chain distribution, especially with biologics and biosimilars, is expected to continue to grow exponentially. Increasing global regulations have led to greater scrutiny of the temperature-sensitive supply chain process including packaging, temperature monitoring and logistics, which can result in higher distribution costs. Protecting these high-value products properly and at the lowest total cost has become imperative to maintain or grow market share in the competitive global marketplace.

Solutions should consider several factors including thermal performance, system cost, freight and payload optimization, pack-out simplicity and physical performance. Another factor to consider is the environmental impact of shippers and could a reusable shipper option be a viable and cost-effective solution for cold chain distribution?

This webinar will provide life science organizations insights into which solution is right for their clinical trial, regardless of the market or distribution segment. The presenters will evaluate temperature-sensitive packaging and best practices across several critical categories.


Thomas Johnson, PCI Clinical Trial Services

Thomas Johnson, Clinical Distribution Manager, PCI Clinical Trial Services

Thomas Johnson has over 12 years of experience in distribution. He joined PCI in 2011 where he was an original member of PCI’s Clinical Services team in Rockford, IL. Over the last nine years, Thomas has held a number of positions within the Clinical Distribution Team, starting in supervisor roles and eventually becoming Distribution Manager at PCI’s dedicated distribution facility. He is currently responsible for overseeing distribution activities over two shifts, three facilities and 20+ employees, where he drives the efforts of efficiently providing critical clinical trial material to depots and clinical sites worldwide.

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Paul Della Villa, Cold Chain Technologies

Paul Della Villa, Business Unit Manager, Reusable Solutions, Cold Chain Technologies

Paul Della Villa has over ten years of industry experience within the multiple areas of the pharmaceutical supply chain, focusing on product, service and technology development. His areas of expertise include reusable packaging, data utilization and IOT technology. Paul has worked with clients in cGMP and GDP environments on projects in a variety of regions including, North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, giving him a solid understanding of the global cold chain regulatory environment. Della Villa holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Management Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute as well as a Master of Business Administration Degree from Northeastern University.

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Who Should Attend?

Senior professionals from Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology and Medical Device manufacturers involved in:

  • Clinical supply chain / distribution / procurement
  • Clinical packaging / labeling
  • Clinical operations
  • Quality assurance
  • Regulatory affairs

Xtalks Partners

PCI Clinical Services

As a respected industry leader and trusted partner we provide a comprehensive range of outsourced pharmaceutical services that stretches all the way from early stage development to long-term commercial supply. This reputation is based on best-in-class technologies, cutting-edge research, an exceptional team of outstanding people and a consistent record of meeting the highest regulatory and quality standards. Equally important is our commitment to an exceptional customer experience and we share our customers’ passion for supplying lifesaving medicines to patients around the world. We’re committed to meeting their evolving needs by leveraging our experience and expertise to develop the best possible solutions to their drug development challenges.

Cold Chain Technologies

Cold Chain Technologies is a leading provider of cost-effective, reusable and single-use thermal packaging solutions supporting the distribution of temperature-sensitive shipments around the globe. Through the design, manufacture, and supply of innovative shipping systems as well as customized delivery solutions, we help protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive, healthcare-related products worldwide. With over 50 years of experience in the cold chain industry, we understand its logistics, applications, demands, and extremes.

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