Sofrigam Press Releases

Sofrigam bringing new Rollaway cabinet solution to TCL 20 Dusseldorf


Sofrigam bringing new Rollaway cabinet solution to TCL 20 Dusseldorf


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JANUARY 22, 2020

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will again be a prominent presence at the 19th annual Temperature Controlled Logistics conference (TCL 20) in Dusseldorf with significant new offers in cold chain and cool chain storage, shipping and distribution solutions.

Star of the Sofrigam display on Stand 42 at the Crowne Plaza Dusseldorf – Neuss hotel will be the new active refrigerated Coldway Inside Technology container, a very durable cold chain that is fully self-contained and 100% green, with zero noise and carbon emissions and maintenance-free. The container will maintain pharma products at between 0 and +25°C for up to 24 hours, even in extreme conditions.

Elite Cubic solution

Sofrigam will also feature its Elite Cubic parcel shipper: a 168-hour duration reusable carton designed for ultra-temperature control combining vacuum insulated panels (VIP) and polyurethane insulation for stable temperature control over extended durations.

Robust and durable, Elite Cubic also offers maximum mechanical protection thanks to its unique SoVIP+ technology that resists bending, puncturing or loss of thermal performance due to an external shock.

It also offers high cost efficiency, being multi-reusable, fully washable and with all components replaceable. The design and format optimizes payload within external volume to reduce logistics costs and maximise environmental performance.

Key sponsor

Sofrigam is a key sponsor of the TCL conference and has a long relationship with the event, having attended every meeting over more than a decade.

The Sofrigam team for TCL Dusseldorf will again be led by Commercial Director Alain Schuerwegen, joined by Sales Manager Peter Buchanan. They will present insights into the detailed added values and benefits of the company’s solutions.

“Sofrigam is a leading provider of temperature-controlled packaging for the pharmaceutical industry with an emphasis on minimizing total cost of ownership (TCO),” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

Environmental imperative

“We recognise that the constant need to ensure secure, cost-efficient and GDP-compliant pharma supply chain for life-sciences and medicines has been joined by further very important imperatives, to ensure traceability and minimize environmental impact,” he noted.

“We have always paid particular attention to developing lightweight and durable temperature controlled solutions that optimize payload and now offer solutions that enhance sustainability and environmental performance,” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

“We’re particularly excited by our brand new Coldway Inside Technology that offers a zero emission self-contained active solution to make the cold chain transport of pharmaceutical products 100 per cent safe, economic and ecologically friendly,” Alan Schuerwegen concluded.

About Sofrigam

With more than 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About TCL 2020

The annual Temperature Controlled Logistics (TCL) conference is Europe’s premier pharma supply chain forum, focused on extending the knowledge and expertise of pharma logistics leaders and professionals.

Previously held in the UK, the 19th annual TCL conference will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany. The four-day event opens January 27 at the Crowne Plaza Dusseldorf – Neuss hotel and is expected to attract more than 400 senior supply chain, logistics, storage, regulation and quality delegates from all over Europe.

The 2020 conference will feature some 60 expert speakers across 40 sessions, within three streams that focus on Process Implementation, Process Compliance and Quality Management and Process Transformation. The co located exhibition will feature more than 60 providers.

The event is organized by IQPC with further information at: https://www.pharmalogisticsiq.com/events-temperaturecontrolledlogistics/?mac=CCIQ_Events_Title_Listing

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam is a sponsor and leading exhibitor at TCL 2020 Dusseldorf

Sofrigam is a sponsor and leading exhibitor at TCL 2020 Dusseldorf

Sofrigam’s new active refrigerated roll Coldway Inside Technology durable cold chain container

Sofrigam’s new active refrigerated roll Coldway Inside Technology durable cold chain container

Elite Cubic parcel shipper: a 168-hour duration reusable shipping solution

Elite Cubic parcel shipper: a 168-hour duration reusable shipping solution


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam highlighting advanced parcel shippers and patient bags at CCGF 2019 Boston


Sofrigam highlighting advanced parcel shippers and patient bags at CCGF 2019 Boston


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

OCTOBER 03, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will showcase its recently introduced sophisticated and secure Parcel Shipper solutions at the 17th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Global Forum 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sofrigam is once again a sponsor and prominent exhibitor with Stand Sofrigam at Booth 33 at the co-located trade exhibition at the Boston Sheraton showing the company’s wide range of temperature controlled shipping and delivery cartons, patient centric bags and pouches and data-enabled intelligent solutions. .

Elite Cubic Parcel Shipper

Stars of the Sofrigam display will include its GDP compliant Elite Cubic duration reusable parcel shippers and patient-centric Initial Patient Bags, designed for last mile transport and end-user needs.

Elite Cubic is an ultra-high performance reusable parcel shipper combining VIP (Vacuum Insulated Panels) and polyurethane insulation for stable temperature control over an extraordinary duration of up to 168 hours.

Initial Patient Bags

There will also be a CCGF Show sneak preview for the newly developed range of Initial Patient Bags and pouches specially designed to fit to healthcare professionals and patients‘ needs with controlled temperature duration up to 12 hours. These bags are three times lighter than other cooling bags on the market thanks to B-Thin technology cooling sleeves.

Hands-on demonstrations will show the bags ability to offer maximized payload space at minimum weight, ergonomic design and ease of use with a simplified packout process to prevent human errors. The bags are designed to transform quality of life for patients with chronic diseases who need to keep temperature controlled medicines with them.

The Sofrigam team in Boston will be led by Commercial Director Alain Schuerwegen and Cira Costa, US Business Manager.

Human values

“Now that we are well implanted in the US with our own production site, Sofrigam couldn’t miss this meeting focused on The Best Practices and the Last Advanced Packaging Technologies to Achieve a Compliant, Cost-Efficient and Secure Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain,” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

“These themes coincide with our own vision to bring pharmaceutical companies and their customers efficient and cost-effective cold chain solutions to deliver valuable life-science products worldwide, at the right temperature, whatever their logistics, technic or human constraints,” he added.

“At Sofrigam, we strive constantly to improve quality of shipments, safeguarding patients’ lives and the environment and the Elite and Initial solutions are perfect embodiments of those aims,” Mr. Schuerwegen concluded.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About CCGF 2019

The annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum (CCGF) is an annual conference that focuses on the specialized needs of the temperature-sensitive supply chain. Hosted in the USA, it is the world’s largest event for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare supply chains.

The 17th Annual CCGF conference is a four-day event opening October 15 at the Sheraton Boston.

Last year’s forum in Philadelphia attracted more than 800 delegates, while the 2019 forum, featuring new branding and a new venue, will again provide a platform for more than 100 speakers and a further expanded range featuring new session formats, speaking faculties and vendor options, along with a co-located trade show.

The event is organized by IQPC. More information at: https://www.pharmalogisticsiq.com/events-coldchainglobalforum

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam Elite Cubic parcel shipper: reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability

Sofrigam Elite Cubic parcel shipper: reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability

Initial Patients Bags are available in a wide range of sizes and formats from two litres to 45 litres

Initial Patients Bags are available in a wide range of sizes and formats from two litres to 45 litres

Sofrigam Initial Patient Bags are specially designed to fit the end-user daily needs of patients with chronic diseases

Sofrigam Initial Patient Bags are specially designed to fit the end-user daily needs of patients with chronic diseases


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam highlighting advanced parcel shippers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas


Sofrigam highlighting advanced parcel shippers at PACK EXPO Las Vegas


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

SEPTEMBER 19, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will showcase its recently introduced sophisticated and secure Parcel Shipper solutions at the huge PACK EXPO annual trade fair in Las Vegas later this month.

Sofrigam will be a prominent presence at the expo, both as a sponsor and exhibitor with a large stand at Booth 519 at the at the Las Vegas Convention Center, showing its extensive range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, meeting the whole spectrum of needs from global logistics to last-mile distribution and patient care.

Initial Range of parcel shippers

Centerpieces of the Sofrigam display will be its recently developed Initial range of parcel shippers, designed as cost-efficient single use insulated packaging solutions to maintain pharma products at target temperature at the lowest cost.

These include the sophisticated Elite Cubic parcel shippers: reusable packaging boxes that combine Vacuum Insulated Panel (VIP) and Polyurethane isolation to control temperature for up to 168 hours. These combine very high performance with user friendliness, being very easy to prepare and to load with a universal configuration.

Patient-centric Initial cooling bags

The range also includes insulated Initial Patient Bags; cooling satchels specially designed to fit the end-user needs of patients in being ergonomic, easy to use, easy to transport and with temperature-controlled durations from few hours to several days.

The Initial bags are designed arounds the concept of patient-centricity that is now at the heart of pharma company’s current emphasis on overall end-user experience.

Multiple missions

“As one of the top leading companies providing to the most important pharmaceutical and biopharma companies in the world and with our own production site in the USA, it is only fitting that Sofrigam should play an important role in this event,” said US Sales Manager Cira Costa, who will attend this event in Las Vegas.

“Maintaining a perfectly stable temperature during the shipping is the first mission of Sofrigam packaging, but not the only one.” Mrs. Costa noted.

“Our temperature control packaging solutions optimize logistics to lower costs, make the packaging preparation easy and do our utmost to protect our environment,” she added.

Sofrigam will also present its So-Reuse Program that assists customers in managing and recycling their packaging waste materials.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About PACK EXPO 2019

The annual PACK EXPO and the co-located Pharma EXPO together form of the world’s most important trade fairs for the advanced packing and processing industries, attracting more buyers from the USA than any other sector event.

The 2019 PACK EXPO and associated Pharma EXPO show form a unified three-day event, opening September 25 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. It is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors and some 2,000 exhibitors.

The EXPO events are jointly presented by PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, along with the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE). More information at: https://www.packexpolasvegas.com

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

Click on Sofrigam at Pack Expo 2019 for other information.
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Sofrigam Elite Cubic parcel shipper: reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability

Sofrigam Elite Cubic parcel shipper: reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability

Initial Parcel Shippers are Sofrigam’s cost-efficient single insulated packaging solution to fit to every logistics circuit, domestic or international

Initial Parcel Shippers are Sofrigam’s cost-efficient single insulated packaging solution to fit to every logistics circuit, domestic or international

Sofrigam Initial Patient Bags are specially designed to fit the end-user daily needs of patients with chronic diseases

Sofrigam Initial Patient Bags are specially designed to fit the end-user daily needs of patients with chronic diseases


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam developing NextGen advanced pallet shippers


Sofrigam developing NextGen advanced pallet shippers


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

AUGUST 05, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. has announced a ‘new concept’ pallet shipper for temperature-controlled products that is reusable and more easily handled.

Sofrigam’s unveiling of the new concept came as part of its appearance at the recent 19th DHL Global Life Sciences Conference in Florida, featured during an address by its senior R&D Engineer, Vincent Bailleul.

New concept pallet shipper

Sofrigam used the event to present its recently introduced flat-pack Pallet Shipper cold chain transportation of pharmaceutical products. M. Bailleul told the conference that Sofrigam was currently studying a new concept of reusable, removable Quarter PAG/PMC insulated containers that would be easier to erect and strike down, lighter, optimized for interior volume and more robust to handle multiple long distance trips.

Above all, the new generation pallet shippers would incorporate very high insulation performance to ensure the maintenance of the cold chain throughout extended and successive shipments.

Reverse logistics

In a subsequent interview, Vincent Bailleul revealed: “Everything began with the age-old question that arises when addressing the topic of Reverse Logistics: how many times can our Pallet Shippers be used?”

“This question was all the more pressing as we had just developed our range of flat-pack Pallet Shippers that were easy to assemble and disassemble and essentially ideal in configuration for a reusable Pallet Shipper,” M. Bailleul continued.

“However, it was impossible for us to assess how many times one of these Pallet Shippers could be used. At Sofrigam, rather than use a crystal ball we prefer to test and measure. Therefore, the idea of a pilot phase readily emerged,” he explained.

Proving the concept

Since Sofrigam, has production sites in France and USA, it decided to ship Pallet Shippers across the Atlantic from one site to the other, observing and recording any damage sustained by the container on each trip.

As expected, the corners of the shippers suffered most wear and tear but Sofrigam has resisted the temptation to make these stronger on the new design, preferring instead to make the corners replaceable.

Replaceable components

As Vincent Bailleul explains:

“We wanted to retain the advantages of our flat-pack Pallet Shipper, particularly the lightness because this criterion is of paramount importance to our clients; given that the mass has a direct impact on the cost of air freight and therefore on the overall cost of their supply chain.

“This is why sometimes, ironically, we have not looked for more resistant materials. For the corners, for example, we have not changed the materials to make them more resistant. Our preference was to make them easy to replace. This outcome is more satisfactory because the reusable solution is still light and does not represent a huge cost compared with the Initial Pallet Shipper,” said M. Bailleul.

Consistent performance

Sofrigam has also gone to great lengths to ensure that the reusable solution does not degrade in performance over multiple shipments, commissioning its thermal center of excellence at Ater Métrologie to test the performance of a new Pallet Shipper against one that had been used four times.

“The result shows that the temperature is actually a little higher in the used Pallet Shipper. The shape of the curve is exactly the same but has shifted upwards. The difference is between 0.5 and 1.0°C, however the temperature of the products is perfectly maintained between +2 and +8°C,” said M. Bailleul.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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The new generation of Sofrigam pallet shippers are designed for exceptionally easy assembly and disassembly

The new generation of Sofrigam pallet shippers are designed for exceptionally easy assembly and disassembly

Sofrigam Pallet Shipper features one of the most favourable weight/load ratios on the market

Sofrigam Pallet Shipper features one of the most favourable weight/load ratios on the market

Flat pack Pallet Shippers are easier to move and store

Flat pack Pallet Shippers are easier to move and store

Temperature readings of a Pallet Shipper reused over 4 journeys (blue curve) compared with a brand new Pallet Shipper (orange curve)

Temperature readings of a Pallet Shipper reused over 4 journeys (blue curve) compared with a brand new Pallet Shipper (orange curve)


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam highlighting advanced pallet and parcel shippers at DHL Global Conference Miami


Sofrigam highlighting advanced pallet and parcel shippers at DHL Global Conference Miami


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JUNE 12, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will exhibit its recently introduced sophisticated and secure Pallet Shipper and Parcel Shipper solutions at the 19th DHL Global Life Sciences Conference in Florida.

Sofrigam is both a sponsor of the event and also one of a selected number of industry-leading suppliers exhibiting there, with a stand at Booth 2 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa.

Best-selling solutions

The display will showcase three Sofrigam best-sellers:

  • The new generation Pallet Shipper that is one of the lightest on the market, available pre-assembled or flat-packed
  • The recently developed reusable Elite Cubic parcel shipper combining VIP vacuum insulation panels and polyurethane isolation for stable temperature control over exceptionally long periods (up to 168 hours)
  • Initial parcel shippers: a cost-efficient single insulated packaging solution combining low cost with high performance over 24/48 hour, 48-72h or 96-120h profiles

North American player

The Sofrigam team in Miami will include Commercial Director Alain Schuerwegen and US Sales Manager Cira Costa.

“We are now well implanted in the USA with our own production site and therefore could hardly miss this important meeting focused on the temperature controlled life science supply chain,” said Alain Schuerwegen.

Optimized logistics

“Sofrigam has become one of the leading providers of protective packaging cold-chain solutions to the most important pharmaceutical and biotech companies in the world. Our mission is not only to maintain perfectly stable temperatures in shipping but also to help clients optimize logistics to higher security, compliance efficiency with lower cost and environmental impacts,” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

Cira Costa added: “We are looking forward to meeting visitors on our stand to discuss any of their concerns about their cold chain management issues, GDP-compliance, temperature maintenance, risk assessment, traceability or cost management.”

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About DHL Global Life Sciences & Healthcare Conference 2019

The annual DHL Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Conference brings together more than 450 pharma and healthcare supply chain and logistics thought leaders and decision makers to discuss emerging industry trends.

Themed ‘Forward-Thinking Intelligent Healthcare’, the 19th DHL Global Life Sciences Conference is a three-day event opening June 17 at the JW Marriott Miami Turnberry Resort & Spa in Florida.

The multi-track conference will focus on the potential of connected healthcare and digital innovation, compliance in ever-evolving environments, and elevating levels of customer care while the co-located exhibition features more than 20 industry-leading suppliers.

The event is organised by Deutsche Post DHL Group with further information at: https://www.event-dhl.com/ehome/387997?&t=3827d7a8fb175cef74fb03a3344bbd07

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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 Sofrigam <a href="http://www.sofrigam.com/elite-cubic-parcel-shippers" target="_blank" >Elite Cubic parcel shipper </a> reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability


Sofrigam Elite Cubic parcel shipper reusable packaging box offering long period temperature stability

Sofrigam Pallet Shipper features one of the most favourable weight/load ratios on the market

Sofrigam Pallet Shipper features one of the most favourable weight/load ratios on the market

Pallet Shipper can also be delivered in flat pack form

Pallet Shipper can also be delivered in flat pack form

<a href="http://www.sofrigam.com/Initial-parcel-shippers " target="_blank" > Initial Parcel Shippers </a> are Sofrigam’s cost-efficient single insulated packaging solution to fit to every logistics circuit, domestic or international

Initial Parcel Shippers are Sofrigam’s cost-efficient single insulated packaging solution to fit to every logistics circuit, domestic or international


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam defines three steps to GDP pharma cold chain compliance


Sofrigam defines three steps to GDP pharma cold chain compliance


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MAY 28, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – The cold chain logistics of pharmaceutical products require special precautions to ensure their efficacy and safety for patients and compliance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) is a regulatory requirement for pharmaceutical companies and their subcontractors.

Sofrigam has enlisted advice from Olivier Mary, expert in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical transport and logistics, to define how the GDP requirements should be met and define a three-step initial procedure.

Good Distribution Practice: from recommendations to requirements

The aim of GDP is to maintain the quality of healthcare products at all levels of the distribution network so as to ensure the quality and integrity of medicines up to the final link in the chain.

“As time moves on, the more the regulations for the transport of medicines and heat-sensitive healthcare products will become clearer,” says Olivier Mary, who is Director of Pharmaceutical and Logistics Development at Lyon-based COLCA Medical & Scientific, a bespoke pharmaceutical custodian, batch importer-certifier, clinical, ATU and commercial secondary packaging operator.

Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice were first established in 2000 and a full European version was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on March 7, 2013, for implementation in June 2014 across the EU.

“These new GDP guidelines follow on from the previous rules, but the requirements have been enhanced with regard to the quality system and defining the means to ensure the security of medicines across the entire distribution network,” M. Mary comments.

Cold chain distribution requirements

GDP is a regulatory requirement for pharmaceutical companies. Within the EU, responsibility always lies with the starting point of the medicine, the manufacturer. If any problems emerge in the distribution chain, the manufacturer of the medicinal product assumes responsibility, not the carrier or the distributor.

As M. Mary explains: “It is the client, or rather the pharmaceutical company, which transposes its requirement level onto its service providers, whether they are carriers, wholesale distributors or manufacturers of cold chain equipment, through its specifications. The rights, duties and obligations of each must be clearly defined and included in the specifications”.

“The pharmaceutical company is expected to monitor and control the distribution chain up to the pharmacy. This is why full control of the process is mandatory,” M. Mary emphasises.

Temperature control requirements apply to cold chain products, storage and transport. The client must be able to obtain confirmation from service provider that all premises, equipment and vehicles used for distribution, storage or handling products are adapted to the storage conditions for healthcare products required in the MA, which are referred to in annex 15 of the GDP Guidelines. Within this, there are two extremely important sections devoted to verification of transport and validation of healthcare product packaging that Sofrigam will explore in future bulletins.

Controlling the medicine cold chain across the entire network: three key steps

Controlling the distribution network means having visibility across the entire logistics chain, and incorporating a risk analysis and quality monitoring approach.

“The medicine leaving the production site must be compliant. Upon delivery to the pharmacy, its conformity and integrity must be retained until it reaches the patient”, says Olivier Mary., who defines three initial steps that must always be observed:

Step one: Qualification of cold chain equipment
All equipment contributing to the temperature control of pharmaceutical products across the supply chain must be qualified prior to shipping, during shipping and on arrival of the products. This includes refrigerated cabinets, cold rooms, insulated packaging solutions, etc.

Step Two: Qualification of transport conditions and service
Operational teams must also be qualified and trained on the management of heat-sensitive products prior to departure, during transportation and on arrival of the products. Care should be taken to ensure that the equipment used is adapted and specially designed to maintain the constant temperature of products throughout the distribution network.

Step Three: Analyse transport conditions
The objective is to prepare a route analysis which must be as accurate as possible in terms of transport conditions, considering seasonal variations. ‘Trial’ shipment runs can also be carried out, depending on the risks determined by the client.

“Suppliers and carriers must be in step with the regulatory constraints of pharmaceutical manufacturers. This is why pharmaceutical companies must provide specifications that are as clear as possible and perform regular audits on their suppliers,” says Olivier Mary.

Audited solutions provider

Sofrigam is regularly audited by its pharmaceutical clients to verify that the quality and the efficiency of insulated packaging solutions, as well as the quality management process meets their requirements in terms of product stability and ensure that they fully conform with GDP regulatory requirements. Sofrigam offers qualified insulated packaging solutions in accordance with the highest standards.

Sofrigam’s technical teams are also able to assist pharmaceutical companies in writing precise specifications on the choice of a ‘GDP-compliant’ insulated packaging solution.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Packaging qualification is an essential part of GDP cold chain compliance

Packaging qualification is an essential part of GDP cold chain compliance

GDP compliance is a complex chain that begins with manufacturing

GDP compliance is a complex chain that begins with manufacturing


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Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam showcasing pallet and parcel shippers at LogiPharma 2019


Sofrigam showcasing pallet and parcel shippers at LogiPharma 2019


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MARCH 29, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will exhibit its sophisticated and secure Pallet Shipper and Parcel Shipper ranges at the upcoming LogiPharma forum in Switzerland.

As a LogiPharma sponsor, Sofrigam will be a prominent presence at the forum, using its high profile to promote the increasing need in cool chain shipping for enhanced security over conditions, tampering and data as well as greater traceability covering ever stage of the logistics chain.

Pallet Shipper

Sofrigam will present its insulated shipping and packaging solutions from its exhibition stand at Booth 50 at the Montreux Music & Convention Center. A centerpiece of its display will be the new Pallet Shipper, compliant with US and EU shipping standards and PAG/PMC airfreight platforms.

Available assembled or flat-packed, fitting the Sofrigam Pallet Shipper is designed to optimize logistics by allowing faster preparation and loading as well as increasing sustainability and reducing TCO in cold chain logistics.

Initial and Elite parcel shippers

Sofrigam’s display will also feature its Initial and Elite parcel shippers for high security shipment of thermally sensitive pharma products, allowing optimum configuration to environmental conditions and season. Initial provides an ideal ratio between price and quality for higher bulk shipments, maximizing payload volume while minimizing weight.

The Elite parcel shipper emphasizes total temperature security for ultra-sensitive and long-distance consignments, maintaining controlled temperatures for up to 160 hours.

All Sofrigam pallet shippers and parcel shippers are tested and qualified to international ISTA logistics standards.

Patient centric cooling bags

With increasing priority across the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries for individualized patient-centric approaches, Sofrigam will also be featuring its cooling bags specially designed to meet individual patient needs. Ergonomic, easy to use, easy to transport and with durations from few hours to several days, these bags provide perfect solutions for day-to-day use for patients with chronic conditions.

Maximizing security and traceability

The Sofrigam team in Montreux will be led by Global sales manager Alain Schuerwegen and Project Manager Peter Buchanan, from Sofrigam UK and Ireland.

“The LogiPharma Forum has become one of the most important European events for our industry and as a leading provider of pharmaceutical temperature controlled packaging solutions, we wanted to be here and to support this event,” said Alain Schuerwegen.

“We will be taking advantage of our presence in Montreux to emphasize what we now see as the most urgent issue for this sector – maximizing security in all its forms right across the cool chain,” Mr. Schuerwegen emphasized.

Focusing on fundamentals

Peter Buchanan added: “We will have three main messages for the forum. The first is that the need to ensure temperature and physical security and traceability of shipment are now front and center in cold chain management. The second is that ensuring integrity means embracing GDP compliant solutions and looking for opportunities to leverage from IT and data. And finally, that logistics managers need to focus on fundamentals: maximizing payload volume while minimizing weight and overhead costs of packaging, preparation and handling at every stage.”

“Sustainability is becoming an ever increasing concern and that means paying more attention to reusability and environmentally friendly materials,” Mr. Buchanan noted.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About LogiPharma 2019

The LogiPharma meeting provides an annual networking and thought leadership platform for decision makers in pharma supply chain, logistics, distribution, planning, IT, quality and sourcing to meet and shape the future of their industry.

LogiPharma 2019 is a three-day event, opening April 9, returning to the Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Switzerland. It will feature some 80 speakers representing supply chain players and leading pharma manufacturers.

The event is expected to attract more than 850 delegates and feature some 80 keynote speakers. The key theme for the 2019 event will be ‘Building Digitally Connected Pharma Supply Chain Networks’.

The event is organized by WB Research with more information at: https://LogiPharmaeu.wbresearch.com/.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Loading of eutectic plates in a Sofrigam insulated packaging solution

Loading of eutectic plates in a Sofrigam insulated packaging solution


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam emphasizing GDP compliance in cool chain at CSS Amsterdam


Sofrigam emphasizing GDP compliance in cool chain at CSS Amsterdam


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MARCH 18, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will be a principal sponsor and prominent presence at the upcoming Cool Supply Systems & Solutions conference in Amsterdam.

Sofrigam will present its insulated shipping and packaging solutions to this pharmaceutical cold chain conference, with particular emphasis on temperature management, traceability, risk control and Good Distribution Practice (GDP) regulatory compliance.

Insulated packaging solutions

The Sofrigam display at Stand 15 in the exhibition zone at the Steigenberger Schiphol Airport Hotel will showcase the company’s wide range of insulated shipping packaging solutions, from bags to Pallet Shippers, to secure the cold chain shipping of medicines and ensure conformity of production with delivery to end-user. A strong Sofrigam team will also be on hand to discuss visitors’ specialised medicine shipping issues.

The conference agenda will focus on Good Distribution Practices of medicines, with temperature compliance an increasingly essential condition for ensuring the integrity of medicines that need to be maintained under specific environmental conditions.

GDP complexities

“The complexity of the logistical circuit, risks during shipping, lack of adequate infrastructure, etc. can compromise the pharmaceutical products being shipped,” commented Sofrigam Sales Manager Alain Schuerwegen, who will lead the Sofrigam team in Amsterdam.

“Even by effectively anticipating the risks during transportation, shipping conditions are never entirely transparent. This is why it is essential to choose a high performance insulated shipping packaging solution,” Mr. Schuerwegen explained.

“While we know that all pharmaceutical manufacturers are subject to GDP compliance that can be subject to interpretation. How to ship in accordance with GDP? What criteria to request at the time of writing the specifications for your choice of insulated packaging? How can you ensure the insulated shipping packaging solution used complies with GDP requirements? Given the increasingly precise shipping regulations for medicines, these questions need to be answered and our experts at the CSS conference will be there to help do just that,” he added.

Ensuring security

Sofrigam has designed and manufactured insulated packaging which responds to the regulatory and environmental logistical constraints for the cold chain transportation of healthcare products for more than 40 years. In addition to maintaining constant temperatures guaranteed by the tests and qualifications performed in the thermal testing laboratory, in accordance with international standards (Afnor NF S99-700, ISTA, WHO), Sofrigam packaging solutions ensure the security of the shipped products before and after transport.

In Amsterdam, Sofrigam will show how it studies the ergonomics of packaging to minimize risks of breaks in the cold chain during the product loading and unloading phases. The accessories and preparation protocol for the packaging solutions also prevent any risk of freezing during transportation.

Further it will show potential to minimize logistical costs via reduced weight and optimised external size/payload ratios that reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) in cold chain logistics.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About CSS 2019

The annual Cool Supply System & Solutions (CSS) conference focuses on temperature controlled distribution with particular reference to regulatory compliance and was recently voted ‘the most important Pharma GDP conference globally’.

The 8th CSS conference is a two-day event that opens March 21 at the Steigenberger Schiphol Airport Hotel in Amsterdam. The 2019 conference will attract delegates representing the top 100 Pharma and Biopharma companies and will focus on key topics that include:

  • Direct Benchmarking: identifying key weakness and blind points within the pharma logistics chain.
  • Importance of key compliance changes in Serialisation, GDP Audits, IATA, FDA , etc.
  • Emerging trends in thermal packaging, cold chain validation, passive V active in relation to cost and reducing deviation.

The event is organized by Business Dialogue with further information at: https://www.cold-gdp.com/index.html.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Click on New GDP guidelines for technical guidance.
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Loading of eutectic plates in a Sofrigam insulated packaging solution

Loading of eutectic plates in a Sofrigam insulated packaging solution


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam outlines TCO strategies for reducing pharma temperature-controlled logistics costs


Sofrigam outlines TCO strategies for reducing pharma temperature-controlled logistics costs


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

FEBRUARY 19, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. Has produced a guide showing how to control logistics costs while still ensuring safety and security of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical products during storage and shipping.

In an article just published on its website, Sofrigam points out that many pharma companies are becoming over-focused on the transport costs, which it says represent ‘only the tip of the iceberg’ in looking at the overall Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of cool-chain logistics solutions.

Never break the chain

Cost optimisation, risk management and compliance with regulations are some of the many challenges faced by pharmaceutical companies and their logistics partners in pharmaceutical cold chain shipping. Added to this, are the technical and operational constraints specific to each organisation.

However, the primary imperative is to avoid any lapses in the temperature-controlled cold chain that could harm product quality and patient safety.

“Never breaking the cold chain is the foremost constraint when transporting thermal sensitive drugs. This involves keeping the product at a constant temperature throughout the transport, including during storage periods and during transfer to different modes of transport. The choice of the insulated packaging solution is decisive,” says Sofrigam.

With so many choices available for cold chain transport, it is essential to analyse the techno-economic issues related to overall thermal packaging performance, whole logistics chain efficiencies and TCO, says Sofrigam. The TCO determines the direct and indirect costs of owning and using a cold chain packaging solution. It makes it possible to evaluate the overall financial impact of a purchase decision in order to move towards the best choice of temperature-controlled packaging solution.

More than 80% of logistics costs are hidden

“The expense of supporting the pharmaceutical supply chain represents 25% of the costs borne by the pharmaceutical companies. The expenses of supporting the logistics of the cold chain for drugs are the weightiest of these expenses. Optimising the process – making it safer and more efficient – could be a source of significant savings,” the article explains.

Sofrigam points out that while the purchase price is an important and easily identifiable criterion, analysis of the life cycle of insulated packaging reveals that other ancillary costs such as loading time, mode of transport, weight, etc., can have a significant impact on the overall cost of the packaging solution.

“In fact, the purchase price represents only part of the overall cost of implementing the insulated shipping solution: it is the tip of the iceberg. The costs of transport, storage, preparation, packaging, retrieval of packaging if is reusable, and the service provider’s after-sales service are among the costs to consider, not to mention the costs related to security risks (loss, theft, temperature deviations, etc.). That is the point of a TCO analysis of reusable insulated shipping packaging: finding the best compromise between price and quality,” the article concludes.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Direct product price is just the tip of the iceberg: TCO factors account for the bulk of logistics costs.

Direct product price is just the tip of the iceberg: TCO factors account for the bulk of logistics costs.

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Comparison of global logistics costs for Quarter PMC containers

Comparison of global logistics costs for Quarter PMC containers


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam bringing new cool-chain pallet shipper solutions to TCL 19 London


Sofrigam bringing new cool-chain pallet shipper solutions to TCL 19 London


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JANUARY 23, 2019

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. is returning to the 17th annual Temperature Controlled Logistics conference (TCL 19) with and expanded and more sophisticated portfolio of cold chain and cool chain storage, shipping and distribution solutions.

This will include a ‘sneak preview’ of Sofrigam’s latest Pallet Shipper range, a new range of containers designed for optimized logistic efficiencies and offering high thermal performance, enhanced security and minimized total cost of ownership (TCO).

Advanced cool-chain solutions

Sofrigam continues to be a co-sponsor of the TCL conference and a prominent exhibitor.

The Sofrigam display at Booths 17 and 18 of the exhibition area at Twickenham Rugby Stadium on West London will feature the company’s huge range of advanced cool chain shipping and transport products.

Sales Manager Alain Schuerwegen will once again lead the Sofrigam team at TCL19, presenting insights into the detailed added values and benefits of the company’s solutions, with a range of lightweight, fully optimized in external/internal volume ratio containers that allow logistics providers and pharmaceutical manufacturers to securitize and optimize their supply chains, reducing carbon footprint and minimizing global costs.

Reduced risk Pallet Shippers

The new Pallet Shippers offer reduced total TCO by rationalizing to four container sizes standardized for US and EU standard pallets, plus PAG and PMC platforms for airfreight. The external/internal volume ratio is fully optimized to maximize payload. The Pallet Shippers can be delivered assembled to save time or flat-packed to save space and money. Flat-packed containers are easily and quickly assembled in few minutes.

Pallet Shipper also minimizes TCO by reducing complexity and risk. The typical pharmaceutical logistical circuit involves between 15 and 20 different steps or stages, including transportation, storage, transit, loading and unloading, etc. with risk of temperature variations and breaks in the cold chain at each stage. Sofrigam Pallet Shipper reduces the effective number of stages by allowing temperature controlled products to be loaded directly into an insulated container, with eutectic plates and high performance insulation materials combining to keep products within the ISTA 7D temperature profile for 120 hours or more. The next effective step is unloading at end of journey.

Minimized TCO

“Pharma products integrity is completely secured: the products are loaded in the container once it is ready to be shipped to avoid any break in the cold chain,” commented Alain Schuerwegen.

“These are very robust containers that have been tested in real world conditions in journeys from France to the USA and are designed to be reusable up to five times. With all these characteristics, TCO is reduced to a minimum and amongst the lowest on the market, to the point that packaging now only accounts for 46 per cent of overall logistics costs and just 51 per cent of airfreight costs,” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About TCL 19

The annual Temperature Controlled Logistics (TCL) conference is Europe’s premier pharma supply chain forum, focused on extending the knowledge and expertise of pharma logistics leaders and professionals.

Since 2002, the conference has been held every January in the UK and currently attracts more than 400 senior supply chain, logistics, storage, regulation and quality delegates from all over Europe.

TCL 2019 is a four-day event opening January 28 at the RFU Rugby Stadium in Twickenham, southwest London. The 2019 conference will feature some 60 expert speakers across 40 sessions, within three streams that focus on Pre-Transportation Planning, Transportation Execution and Last Mile Post Distribution. The co located exhibition will feature more than 60 providers.

The event is organized by IQPC. More information at: https://www.temperaturecontrolledlogistics.com for more information.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam is a sponsor and leading exhibitor at TCL 19

Sofrigam is a sponsor and leading exhibitor at TCL 19

Comparison of global logistics costs for Quarter PMC containers

Comparison of global logistics costs for Quarter PMC containers

Sofrigam Pallet Shippers enable much higher load densities

Sofrigam Pallet Shippers enable much higher load densities


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam acquisition of Coldway opens up new technology avenues


Sofrigam acquisition of Coldway opens up new technology avenues


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

DECEMBER 20, 2018

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. has announced that it is acquiring Coldway, the innovative French concern that manufactures self-contained refrigeration solutions.

Coldway was placed into receivership at the end of June 2018.

The new company formed from this alliance will be known as Coldway Technologies. Its activity will be concentrated on the development and deployment of Coldway organic heating and cooling energy technology among businesses involved with logistics and final mile delivery, healthcare and food processing.

New ambitions

“By virtue of this acquisition, Sofrigam is demonstrating its dynamism and its new ambitions,” said Sofrigam Chairman and Managing Director, Gilles Labranque.

“Coldway’s technology will provide technical prowess and innovation for use in Sofrigam’s range of packaging solutions, with the ecological dimension so favoured by Sofrigam,” Mr. Labranque continued.

Coldway technology leveraged by Sofrigam expertise

Coldway’s innovative technology makes it possible to produce heating or cooling energy based on elementary thermochemical reaction between ammonia and salts. Using a natural coolant that does not adversely affect the ozone layer, without consumables, but also, more importantly, without the continuous use of external energy sources, it is capable of creating cold conditions in a totally self-contained manner for up to 60 hours. With neither a motor nor a compressor, the system is silent, ecologically sound, low-maintenance and is not subject to wear.

Sofrigam became acquainted with this technology when the two companies collaborated in 2016 in order to develop a range of refrigerating containers featuring Coldway technology.

Business synergies

The 16 Coldway staff employed at Pia, near Perpignan, will keep their jobs with the company. They are joining the staff of the various entities of the Sofrigam Group, including the head office at Rueil Malmaison and the production plant, covering 16,000m2, at Monchy-le-Preux, near Arras.

“We wanted to purchase Coldway for two reasons: the potential for business synergies and the desire to keep Coldway’s technologies in France” explained Gilles Labranque.

“The acquisition of Coldway and the development of packaging solutions employing its ground-breaking technology represent a tremendous opportunity for innovation with the prospect of new markets,” said Mr. Labranque.

“The takeover of Coldway is in line with the continuity of our drive to promote the concept of ‘Made in France’, together with the aspects of progress, technology and expertise traditionally associated with it. The prospects for innovation and growth are very encouraging and we are really enthusiastic about forthcoming projects,” the Sofrigam chairman added.

Sofrigam specializes in the design and manufacture of insulated packaging for safeguarding the transportation, within the cold chain, of products from the pharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnological and even cosmetic industries.

Renowned for its considerable technical prowess and its incomparable levels of quality, the Group is demonstrating its ambitions in terms of both innovation and moving into new markets.

A partnership between Coldway and Ligier Professional, a manufacturer of small commercial vehicles, with the aim of creating electric vehicles equipped with self-contained refrigerated compartments, is an example of the new prospects available to Sofrigam.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About Coldway

The innovative French company Coldway was created in 2001 to commercialize latent temperature energy technology transferred from the CNRS [National Centre for Scientific Research].

Coldway’s innovations, based on the storage and use of energy in the cold chain. finally make it possible to produce cooling or heating energy that can be stored and made available on demand, regardless of available power sources.

The originality of this invention, the subject of international patents, resides in a self-contained process that does not require continuous use of external energy while being mobile and reusable, without any time limit and without the use of consumables.

Coldway provides solutions to a variety of industrial sectors, ranging from the medical industry to catering and including logistics and transport, all of which comply with the fundamental health requirements applicable to the cold chain – control and traceability of temperature, flexibility and reliability in the transportation of sensitive products at consistent temperatures.

The product ranges developed by Coldway now equip more than 600 companies in France and 45 other countries worldwide.

Media Contact

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Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Coldway standalone refrigerated containers require no external power inputs

Coldway standalone refrigerated containers require no external power inputs

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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam to present data integrity solutions at TIPS Lyon


Sofrigam to present data integrity solutions at TIPS Lyon


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will discuss data integrity issues in transporting healthcare products and present a range of solutions that apply to cool chain logistics at the upcoming TIPS seminar in Lyon, France.

Sofrigam will be a high profile presence at the two-day International Transport of Healthcare Products seminar opening November 20, with an exhibition stand at Booth B32 at Lyon’s Cité Internationale, showcasing its extensive range of pharmaceutical insulated packaging.

The importance of ‘Data Integrity’

The TIPS 2018 seminar recognizes that integrity of data during transportation of pharmaceutical products, in accordance with Good Distribution Practice (GDP, has become an increasingly important issue in healthcare. Backed by non-compliance sanctions that can extend to suspension of import licenses, this good practice has now become an essential requirement of the pharmaceutical quality system.

Data integrity means assuring accuracy and consistency of information and maintaining it over the entire product lifecycle, This has become a central concern of regulatory authorities worldwide as the key component in assuring the security, efficacy and quality of medicinal products, with draft data integrity guidelines published by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Complying with GDP/GMP requirements

Over the last few years, the FDA has documented an increasing number of violations involving data integrity and, during 2015 alone, issued more than 50 warning letters following findings of violations related to data integrity, some 80% of them from outside of the United States. Similarly, in Europe, the authorities (ANSM, etc.) have raised non-conformities as well as orders relating to deviations to the integrity of data in respect of healthcare companies.

From the collection of data to its transfer and storage, pharmaceutical and biotech supply chain and logistics quality systems must ensure the security of data, extending from manufacturing to final distribution, in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) and GDP guidelines.

Data integrity in cold chain logistics

The international transportation of healthcare products engages the responsibility of the manufacturer to ensure the security, efficacy and quality of medicinal products throughout the distribution chain, until they reach the patient.

This is particularly so when it comes to distributing temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical and biotech products in which the ‘data chain’ describes not only product identity and manufactured quality but also its cool chain integrity.

Products that must be transported at controlled temperatures, whether cold or cool, face specific risks related to temperature excursions (too warm or too cold) and breakdown of constant temperature monitoring that makes quality unquantifiable .

Sofrigam solutions

Preventing these risks means choosing reliable and secure insulated packaging solutions, equipped with data recording tools during transport. Sofrigam designs and manufactures a range of insulated and refrigerated packaging solutions that incorporate data logging and monitoring technologies, such as the ‘intelligent’ iBox temperature-controlled container that include networked monitoring. Compliant with GDP Guidelines, the iBox packaging offers a high-technology, innovative and green solution to secure the shipping of pharmaceutical products, enabling the monitoring of data during transportation.

In order to meet the requirements of the pharma supply chain, Sofrigam also provides a range of data loggers that can be used with cold chain packaging. These are incorporated in the packaging before shipping, the data can be collected very easily and some of these temperature recorders can be re-used many times.

Sofrigam will show the TIPS seminar how such solutions can be combined to meet the shipping needs of medicinal products across the entire supply chain, right up to the last mile, while also providing data integrity throughout.

Sofrigam’s packaging solutions meet the standard and regulatory requirements specific to the transport of healthcare products.

Its team at TIPS Lyon is prepared to present a holistic approach to data integrity challenges, based on methodical risk analysis.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About TIPS 2018

The annual International Transport of Healthcare Products seminar (TIPS) is organised as a symposium by and for the pharmaceutical industry by the Pharma Logistics Club (PLC), an inter-professional association established in 2015.

TIPS brings together more than 100 companies internationally in the healthcare supply chain. With pharmaceutical companies, carriers and logisticians, as well as equipment providers, it unites key players from around twenty diverse but complementary sectors in the supply chain of pharmaceutical products.

TIPS 2018 is a two-day event opening November 20 at the Renzo Piano-designed Palais des Congrès de Lyon in the Cité Internationale district and is expected to attract more than 500 participants. The 2018 theme will focus on data integrity within Good Distribution Practices.

Further information at: http://pharmalogistics.club/?lang=en

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Data integrity in cool chain includes constant monitoring for temperature excursions.

Data integrity in cool chain includes constant monitoring for temperature excursions.

Sofrigam iBox: a holistic and data-enabled approach to cool chain transport

Sofrigam iBox: a holistic and data-enabled approach to cool chain transport

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Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


‘Zero excursion’ in cold chain an almost achievable reality says Sofrigam


‘Zero excursion’ in cold chain an almost achievable reality says Sofrigam


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

OCTOBER 25, 2018

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA says the ideal of ‘zero excursions’ – products remaining 100% within specified temperature limits – is not quite an unrealistic pipe dream.

Following specific research and analysis, Sofrigam is able to show that, while temperature excursions in cold-chain storage and shipping may never actually be eliminated completely, they can be reduced to insignificant levels given the right preparations.

Eutectic or PCM?

Sofrigam has published an article on its website that delivers the main findings of research based on analysis of thousands of actual temperature recordings to analyse the main causes of temperature excursions and the actions to be implemented to avoid them.

It shows that the main temperature ranges where excursions occur are +2/+8 °C and +15/+25 °C where products must stay within both upper and lower limits. Policing these zones requires careful selection of cooling media, with a clear choice to be made between phase change materials (PCMs) and water-based eutectic plates, largely dependent on their latent heat and melting temperatures.

Water based eutectic solutions offer high latent heat at temperatures of 0°C or below at lower cost, used for products to be maintained between +2 °C and +8 °C, with a dual or even triple packout configuration, depending on season. The main difficulties are managing mid-seasons and switching from one configuration to another. Single configuration eutectics can be used for logistics circuits characterized by a hot profile with possible very short segments.

PCMs are typically used for +2/+8 °C, +15/+25 °C and for other temperature ranges above 0 °C. They offer a latent heat lower than that of water at temperatures more closely adapted to products, at higher cost. This solution can be used with a dual configuration summer and winter or with single configuration. In universal configuration, PCM plates are usually frozen then increase their temperature and placed around products (on all six sides). In some cases, they are stabilized at a temperature close to +5 °C without reaching freezing. Either way, the solution takes up more volume because thermal storage is reduced.

Avoiding unplanned freezing

By choosing an adapted melting temperature, water based eutectic solutions allow products to be kept frozen with single configurations. Dry ice can also maintain frozen products at very low temperatures.

The thermal storage capacity is mainly ensured by the latent phase. Whatever the material, the sensitive phase cannot provide sufficient performance to meet real needs. With a melting temperature of 0 °C, water based eutectic solutions can only be correctly frozen below -10 °C.

PCMs used for products at +2/+8 °C, have melting temperatures between +3 °C and +7 °C. Solidifying these PCMs requires use of refrigerated room set at temperature close to 0 °C or standard freezers set to operate above their normal temperature of between 0 °C and -18 °C. PCMs can be stabilized between +2 °C and +5 °C but their performance will be reduced.

Seeking answers

Temperature excursions and their position in the logistics circuit are determined, allowing the identification of the logistics steps and the associated environment. In a continuous improvement approach, rigorous analysis allows evaluation of the compatibility of the qualified configuration with actual profiles, revealing suitable solutions. Excursions are classified according to their nature (below +2 °C or above +8 °C) and placed at the logistic step where they occurred: pre-departure, during transport and post-arrival.

Excursions can be caused by any of the following:

  • Preparation of the configuration elements
  • Preparation and et configuration of the logger
  • Incorrect loading of carton
  • Means of transport (refrigerated vehicle or not, aircraft…)
  • Intermediate storage (customs, transfer, etc.)
  • Reception and unpacking at arrival.

Crucially, 60% of excursions are recorded at the beginning of journey and 30% after arrival, meaning that some 90% of cases are due to preparation or unpacking errors and therefore avoidable.

Excursions below +2 °C are typically recorded for configurations that use frozen eutectic plates. They occur initially when the boxes are stored in the cold room after loading and in some cases in mid-chain as a result of an unplanned intermediate storage at +5 °C or transport by refrigerated truck.

Excursions above +8 °C are mainly recorded for configurations using eutectic plates or PCMs stabilized at +5 °C. Such configurations require careful preparation because the cold reserve is very low and any excess of +8 °C at the beginning causes the same type of excursions in the middle and at the end of the profile.

Statistical analysis of actual readings shows that real-life temperature profiles are more moderate than those required in qualification tests. In most cases the hot or cold profiles required for qualification are more binding, which can complicate the solution and cause excursions.

The majority of the alarms at the beginning or at the arrival are false excursions recorded at loading ‘hot’ recorders or by removing them during unpacking while still recording. In many cases, registration is stopped several days or even several weeks after the arrival.

Eliminating excursions

The Sofrigam article recommends a series of steps to avoid temperature excursions:

  • Better control: The temperature-controlled chain must be managed as a whole, from establishing specifications to the use of the solution through the design and qualification. Responsibilities and acceptance criteria must be defined. This comprehensive approach optimizes performance and the total logistics cost (TCO).
  • Design and qualification: Specifications for designing or choosing a temperature-controlled box must consider product temperature requirements and accepted tolerances based on stability tests. The logistics steps and associated durations must be identified, including preparation, storage, loading, transport, intermediate storage, customs, transfer and delivery areas . IT is necessary to establish risk analysis that recognizes all the parameters of the shipment.
  • Pre-departure: The thermal storage media (PCM or water-based eutectics) must be prepared under suitable conditions and according to validated procedures, with minimized loading times. Frozen plates (PCM or water-based) must be loaded first, then liquid ones and finally products. For +2/+8 °C products, storage and shipping at +5 °C are favoured for configurations using unfrozen plates. The reverse must be applied for configurations with frozen plates. Data loggers must be conditioned to the temperature of the products and suitably parameterized.
  • During transport: The actual logistics circuit must be identified and the configuration adapted accordingly, taking into account cold room storage, refrigerated truck transport, etc. Logistics partners and all actors need to be trained and informed.
  • Post-arrival: A procedure for unpacking and stopping the loggers must be established and respected to avoid false excursions and false alarms. Stakeholders must be trained and informed.

Zero excursion reality

“An insulated box equipped with a thermal storage means is a solution designed for predefined temperature profiles. The use of PCMs and over-sizing of the solution reduce temperature excursions but cannot eradicate them. To reach zero excursion, the logistics circuit must be controlled within predefined limits of temperature and duration,” says Sofrigam.

“These conditions must be respected to ensure the reproducibility of the results. The phenomenon of temperature excursions goes beyond the sole responsibility of the insulated box to the respect of the established operating procedure and the control of the logistics steps,” the company continues.

Finally, Sofrigam cautions: “Logistics hazards are the main cause of excursions. The cold chain must be optimized as in its entirety: specifications, design of the box, pre-qualification, preparation, transport, reception. All actors in the chain need to be trained and informed to respect good practices of use of solution. They must also be involved in a continual improvement process.”

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Comparison of preparation characteristics of water baser eutectic plates versus PCMs for +2/+8 °C and +15/+25 °C.

Comparison of preparation characteristics of water baser eutectic plates versus PCMs for +2/+8 °C and +15/+25 °C.

Parameters that cause excursions: Distribution of recorded excursions by percentage

Parameters that cause excursions: Distribution of recorded excursions by percentage

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Sofrigam Zero excursion


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam showing new Pallet Shipper range at CCGF Philadelphia


Sofrigam showing new Pallet Shipper range at CCGF Philadelphia


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will showcase its new range of temperature-controlled Pallet Shippers when it returns to the Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Global Forum (CCGF) in Philadelphia in late September.

Sofrigam has been a leading sponsor of the event for more than seven years and will again be a high profile presence at the 2018 CCGF conference, exhibiting from its stand at Booth 110, which will display will showcase a representative range of the company’s new generation of temperature-controlled shipping and packaging solutions.

New flat form XXL Pallet Shipper

For 2018, the display will focus on the latest generation of Sofrigam Pallet Shippers, which revolutionized pharma cold chain shipping when they were first introduced more than 30 years ago. Ongoing development by Sofrigam has now produced an XXL Pallet Shipper than can be delivered and stored in flat form, able to be very easily erected in minutes by a single person, as the Sofrigam team will demonstrate in Philadelphia.

“Pharma products are completely secured during the assembly because, in contrast to similar solutions, pharma products are only loaded once the temperature-controlled container is assembled and stabilized to avoid any temperature excursion and completely secure temperature sensitive products,” said Sofrigam Commercial Director Alain Schuerwegen, who will lead the team at CCGF 2018.

Smarter iBox

“As a leading provider of pharmaceutical temperature-controlled packaging solutions in Europe that is also well implanted in the US with its own production site here, Sofrigam could hardly miss CCGF 2018, which is so focused on the life sciences supply chain,” added .Sofrigam’s North America Business Manager Jean Vezina, who will also be on stand throughout the show.

Sofrigam will also be showing an integrated range of cold chain containers that meet every part of the product journey from manufacturer to patient, maintaining temperatures between +2°C and +8°Cthroughout. These include the ‘smart’ iBox semi-active containers with an integrated logger guaranteeing pharma products remain at +5°C for more than 120 hours. The latest iBox is even more secure with a real-time Track and Trace functionality offering total visibility across the whole supply chain.

Total cool chain protection

“Now you can check your product integrity at any time to know in real time where the shipment is, what the external temperature is and what the internal temperature is. If there’s a break in the cold chain or the container is tampered with, an alarm will alert you right away so now you can track your life sciences shipment anywhere, anytime, on any device,” explained Peter Buchanan, Sofrigam’s UK Business Manager.

At CCGF 2018, Sofrigam will also show its largest range of cooling bags specially designed to meet patient needs.

“Ergonomic, easy to use, easy to transport and with durations from few hours to several days, these bags are the perfect solution for a daily use. Patients with chronic diseases now have an efficient and easy solution to follow them in their daily life. These are real patient-centric cooling bags,” Mr. Buchanan commented.

“In summary, we will be able to show the quality, purchase, logistics and cold chain decision makers who attend CCGF that we can meet their four key priorities: cost-effective cold chain packaging that minimize TCO across their logistic operations, secured protection traceability of shipments, full GDP compliance and enhanced patient-centricity,” said Alain Schuerwegen.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.
From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.
It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About Cold Chain Global Forum

The annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum (CCGF) is an annual conference that focuses on the specialized needs of the temperature-sensitive supply chain. Hosted in the USA, it is the world’s largest event for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare supply chains.

The 16th Annual CCGF conference is a four-day event opening September 24 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia and is expected to attract some 900 delegates and feature more than 100 speakers.

CCGF 2018 will address end-to-end supply chain optimization and how to create strategies to safeguard temperature controlled products, maintain regulatory compliance , optimize transportation routes, increase collaboration through change management, and implement customer centricity in line with ‘patient first’ initiatives.

The event is organized by IQPC with more information at: http://www.coldchainglobalforum.com.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel :+33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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The new Sofrigam XXL Pallet Shipper slots together from flat pack in minutes

The new Sofrigam XXL Pallet Shipper slots together from flat pack in minutes

Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes

Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam brings integrated cold-chain thinking to LogiPharma Montreux


Sofrigam brings integrated cold-chain thinking to LogiPharma Montreux


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MARCH 27, 2018

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics specialist Sofrigam S.A. will be returning as exhibitor and sponsor to the LogiPharma 2018 show in Montreux to present its expanded range of leading-edge solutions and services that deliver an optimized pharma cool chain.

The Sofrigam stand at Booth 49 at the Montreux Exhibition Center will offer visitors opportunities to get ‘hands on’ with the company’s wide range of temperature-controlled shipping and delivery cartons, patient centric bags and pouches and data-enabled intelligent solutions.

Round the world star

Stars of the Sofrigam display will include the new Elite parcel shipper range, along with the ‘intelligent’ data-connected iBox shipper. The Sofrigam team, including Global sales manager Alain Schuerwegen and UK and Ireland project manager Peter Buchanan, will be conducting direct demonstrations of both products on the stand.

Elite is a reusable and ready to use insulated single pack out carton whose thermal efficacy and robustness was recently proved in a unique around the world test. The stand will also feature the hard case semi-active iBox that offers exceptional security for high-value consignments. Capable of functioning completely autonomously with no need of external power, the iBox can keep the products at +5°C for at least 120 hours, with integrated logger confirming temperature has been maintained.

Integrated services

“LogiPharma is a unique global end to end supply chain event and therefore the ideal platform from which to display our connected and synergistic solutions,” commented Alain Schuerwegen.

“More than ever, we have become a provider of holistic solutions that offer added value like global position tracking, accelerated package customization, cold chain auditing, , Inventory management and Track & Trace,” said Mr. Schuerwegen.

“Our advanced packaging solutions not only help secure supply chains but enhance sustainability and deliver lower total cost of ownership. We even offer a TCO calculator these days,” added Peter Buchanan.

“We can show how Sofrigam solutions like iBox embrace the concepts like Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and specific health tools that are changing the shape of pharmaceutical logistics,” said Mr. Buchanan.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

About LogiPharma 2018

The LogiPharma meeting provides an annual networking and thought leadership platform for decision makers in pharma supply chain, logistics, distribution, planning, IT, quality and sourcing to meet and shape the future of their industry.

LogiPharma 2018 is a three=-day event, opening April 10 at the Montreux Music & Convention Centre, Switzerland. It will feature some 80 speakers representing supply chain players and leading pharma manufacturers.

The event is expected to attract more than 800 delegates and feature some 120 presentations and discussions. A major them for the 2018 event will be implications of the EU’s Falsified Medicines Directive and GDP guidelines.

The event is organized by WB Research with more information at: https://LogiPharmaeu.wbresearch.com.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Sofrigam Elite: Single pack out solution

Sofrigam Elite: Single pack out solution


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam develops ‘TCO Calculator’


Sofrigam develops ‘TCO Calculator’


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MARCH 19, 2018

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has developed a guide to calculating Total Cost of ownership (TCO), which measures the real cost of packaging solutions.

In an article on its website, Sofrigam outlines the principles for quantifying TCO and the variable parameters that companies can influence to reduce the overall cost of their cool-chain shipping and storage operations.

TCO (Total Cost of Ownership)

Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), also called life cycle cost analysis, quantifies all the lifetime costs associated with adoption of a particular solution. Thus, purchase cost is only one part of an equation that also includes the costs of adoption, installation, maintenance, materials, operation, energy consumption, upgrading and future proofing. Together, these variables are known as total life cycle costs.

It follows, therefore, that the longer the period of ownership, the less significant is purchase price in that total equation.

The TCO concept first arose in the late 1980s in the IT industry as a way of calculating the true cost of different systems, where the costs of software, user training, hardware upgrades and downtime could easily overshadow the price of the core platform. Since then, TCO analysis has expanded to cover a wide range of industries from aerospace and buildings to medical and laboratory equipment.

Cool-chain TCO parameters

For temperature-controlled logistics, Sofrigam says TCO is determined by the following core calculations:

  • Initial cost of the solution
  • Cost of transport
  • Cost of storage
  • Cost of preparation
  • Cost of packaging
  • Cost of repatriation (reuse)
  • Cost of deviation (cold chain shipping packaging with inadequate security)
  • Cost of supplier after-sales service, etc.

“A TCO analysis is complex to carry out because the numerous parameters to be considered are sometimes difficult to accurately record. However, it is an objective and precise method of comparison,” says the guide.

The challenges for TCO analysis

“This analysis provides a powerful approach to help our clients with financial decisions regarding their choice of cold chain shipping packaging solutions,” commented Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

“Not using a methodical approach to implement cold chain shipping packaging solutions is a mistake that can very often turn out to be costly over the long term,” she added.

Where the purchase of one packaging solution is less expensive than another, this does not mean that it will also be cheaper over time, once total cost, including transport, handling, preparation, security, etc. is aggregated.

Calculating TCO for airfreight

The TCO calculations become increasingly detailed once precise application is identified. For example, where a temperature-controlled package is being transported by air, the relevant parameters include total mass of the solution (including packaging, energy source, plus additional add-ons and accessories), external dimensions of packaging, net volume available for shipped products, Initial cost, along with security and performance levels required.

These six parameters will together determine the TCO of an airfreight solution, with changes to any one potentially affecting the total cost of ownership.

“For any particular client application, optimizing TCO will depend on reducing mass, cost and external dimensions of the packaging solution, to maximize ratio between payload and overall size/weight and provide most appropriate levels of security,” Laetitia Perche explained.

“This may seem easy, but can be quite complex, depending on key factors such as quality constraints, usage conditions, product filling rate, etc.

“Arriving at the precise TCO calculation also requires knowledge of client internal processes (storage, preparation, packaging, etc., recognition of technologically obsolete client equipment, mapping of theoretical logistical circuits (e.g. Temperature Profile, use of cold room, loading area, etc.) versus actual conditions of use,” she added.

Collaborative approach to TCO analysis

The objective of TCO audit is to find the best compromise in order to best satisfy the clients requirements from financial, quality and operational perspectives.

The guide emphasizes that the precision of the analysis can be increased by working in partnership with all involved parties including suppliers, hauliers, internal teams, end client, etc. This co-operative approach is one that Sofrigam has implemented for all commercial dossiers for more than three years now, with expertise offered as a support service to clients.

This collaborative cross-sectional approach allows the client to benefit from the advice and the expertise of their packaging supplier in writing the specifications and appreciate the impact of decisions about packaging solutions and their effect on the TCO.

“Since 2015, this approach to assist financial decisions has allowed our client, most often Big Pharma companies, such as GSK, Pfizer, Pierre Fabre or Sanofi Aventis, to lower their TCO by an average of 20% over approximately two years,” said Laetitia Perche.

About Sofrigam

With over 40 years of experience, Sofrigam provide a comprehensive portfolio of innovative packaging and related solutions that allow pharmaceutical and other clients to optimize their temperature-controlled logistic chains.

From its French roots, Sofrigam has become a global company, operating in the USA, Canada, UK and across Europe, with manufacturing centers in North America and Europe.

Sofrigam manufactures a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products, including cartons, cases, bags and pouches that cover every step in the cool chain, from manufacturer to end-user.

It also offers customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics in shipping, storage and packaging.

Sofrigam Services accompany clients through every step of the logistics chain while prioritizing safety of goods and reducing costs. Advanced software and other solutions allow clients to audit their cold chains, monitor shipments, analyze logistics lanes, manage Inventory and optimize ordering.

Sofrigam can also deliver best Time to Market through thermal simulation equipment combined with its ‘cut & glue’ customization process that gives customers the ability to adapt any catalog product to its own needs with development time reduced to as little as 15 days.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam’s TCO guide is viewable on its website

Sofrigam’s TCO guide is viewable on its website

Sofrigam’s TCO approach can deliver significant cost reductions over the operational cycle

Sofrigam’s TCO approach can deliver significant cost reductions over the operational cycle


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam bringing new temperature-controlled service offers to TCL 18 in London


Sofrigam bringing new temperature-controlled service offers to TCL 18 in London


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JANUARY 15, 2018

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. is headed for the 16th annual Temperature Controlled Logistics conference (TCL 18) with and expanded and more sophisticated portfolio of cold chain and cool chain storage, shipping and distribution solutions.

Once again, Sofrigam is a co-sponsor of the TCL conference and a prominent exhibitor.

Intelligent solutions

The Sofrigam display at Booth 40 of the exhibition area at Twickenham Stadium will feature delivery cartons, patient centric bags and pouches and data-enabled intelligent solutions as part of its new streamed “Collections” packaging ranges.

In particular, Sofrigam will showcase its cooling bags and pouches specially designed to fit the ‘last mile’ distribution needs of pharmacies and end-user needs of diabetic and other patients.

Global vision

The Sofrigam team at TCL18 will be led by Sales Manager Alain Schuerwegen and will include Peter Buchanan, who is joining the company as key account manager for the UK.

“We are proud to sponsor the TCL conference, which gives us an important annual opportunity to network with our customer and partner base across Europe,” commented Mr. Schuerwegen.

“This is also a great platform to communicate our global vision of a temperature controlled logistics environment that is becoming increasingly interconnected and interdependent, with rising demand for ever more intelligent and specialized solutions,” he explained.

Service offers

“So while tangible products remain the core of our offer, with plenty of opportunities for visitors to our stand to sample individual cartons, bags and pouches, we will also be featuring an increasingly diverse and sophisticated range of Sofrigam services,” Mr Schuerwegen declared.

Sofrigam will show how Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and specific health tools are becoming increasingly interconnected in healthcare delivery, with growing focus on harnessing data-enabled solutions for security and traceability of shipment.

Accordingly, Sofrigam has recently developed a range of ‘intelligent‘cold chain containers, such as iBox, also be on show in London

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

About Temperature Controlled Logistics 2018

The annual Temperature Controlled Logistics (TCL) conference is Europe’s premier pharma supply chain forum, focused on extending the knowledge and expertise of pharma logistics leaders and professionals.

Since 2002, the conference has been held every January in the UK and currently attracts more than 400 senior supply chain, logistics, storage, regulation and quality delegates from all over Europe.

TCL 2018 is a four-day event opening January 28 at the RFU Rugby Stadium in Twickenham, southwest London. The 2018 conference will feature some 60 expert speakers across 40 sessions, within three streams that focus on Pre-Transportation, Transportation and Last Mile Distribution. The co located exhibition will feature more than 60.

The event is organized by IQPC. More information at: www.coldchainglobalforum.com

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Sofrigam Initial cooling bags come in a range of sizes and formats

Sofrigam Initial cooling bags come in a range of sizes and formats


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Mono and multi-configuration insulated packaging solutions compared


Mono and multi-configuration insulated packaging solutions compared


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has tested claims that mono-configuration universal insulated packaging materials are superior in temperature-controlled applications by staging a methodical comparison with multi-insulated seasonal solutions.

Mono-configuration or so-called “universal” packaging solutions are insulated packaging solutions that are prepared in the same way whatever the external logistical profile (season or destination). In other words, the same preparation method for the packaging solution is used all year round for all destinations. Conversely, multi-configuration or so-called “seasonal” packaging solutions require specific preparation according to meteorological seasons (summer, winter, mid-season) to comply with hot, cold or hot-cold profiles.

Theoretical advantages of mono-configuration packaging solutions

Mono-configuration insulated packaging solutions are claimed to be simpler to use, more economical and more environmentally friendly, with multiple re-use providing lower overall total cost of ownership (TCO) and total cost of package (TCP).

Sofrigam decided to examine these claims by conducting detailed quantified analysis of mono-configuration versus multi-configuration temperature controlled packaging solutions.

Technical comparison test

Sofrigam’s test team compared technical performance and price of three insulated packaging solutions from different suppliers. While all three claimed to keep the products cool at between + 2°C to +8°C for up to 120 hours, they used very different configurations:

  • Solution A: multi-configuration packaging solution, with simple cardboard exterior, insulated with polyurethane (PU) and a eutectic gel cold source. This was marketed as a single-use solution.
  • Solution B: mono-configuration packaging solution with a thicker cardboard exterior, insulated with vacuum insulated panels (VIP) and phase-change material (PCM) cold source. This solution was said to be suitable for short-term use (1 to 5 re-uses).
  • Solution C: mono-configuration packaging solution with polypropylene coating, also using VIP insulation and PCM cold source. This solution was marketed for long-term use (more than 10 re-uses).

Findings:

Weight and price: The mono-configuration insulated packaging solutions delivered significantly inferior package weight/payload volume ratios and were up to five times more costly than multi-configuration packaging solutions.

Environmental performance: Mono configuration solutions featured PCM and VIP materials. A carbon assessment was carried out on the impact of CO2 emissions from their production and revealed that the emission rate for the production of these materials exceeded those for the production of PU, polystyrene and eutectic gels. Moreover, VIP and PCM are materials that are currently more difficult to recycle.

Shock resistance: VIP alone provides less shock protection than polyurethane or extruded polystyrene, and can lose all of its thermal capacity with a single perforation.

Longevity: Mono configuration insulated packaging solutions offer increased service life and can be reused many times.

Ease of use: Mono-configuration insulated packaging solutions use the same method of preparation all year round, reducing risk of error in preparing and/or loading the packaging. Moreover, the method of preparation and loading is more easily learnt by the operators and reproduced very quickly. Conversely, with multi-configuration packaging solutions it is necessary to identify the different seasonal configurations and train the operators on several loading methods.

Conclusions:

While mono-configuration universal insulated packaging solutions are undoubtedly easier to use and offer enhanced reusability, their use imposes other consequences on the delivered insulated packaging solution. In particular, they impose penalties on purchase cost, weight/volume, impact protection and overall environmental profile.

Therefore Sofrigam concludes that there is no ideal “one choice fits all” solution for cool-chain pharmaceutical logistics. It advises clients to list the advantages and disadvantages of each type of packaging solution to choose the most suitable insulated packaging solution according to logistical, environmental and technical constraints and its priorities.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Technical and commercial data for three refrigerated packaging solutions compared

Technical and commercial data for three refrigerated packaging solutions compared

Mono-configuration insulated packaging are less demanding to prepare  but deliver inferior weight/payload volume ratios

Mono-configuration insulated packaging are less demanding to prepare
but deliver inferior weight/payload volume ratios


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Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Around the World in 13 Days: Sofrigam’s temperature-controlled #EliteWorldTour


Around the World in 13 Days: Sofrigam’s temperature-controlled #EliteWorldTour


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

OCTOBER 10, 2017

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has set its new Elite range of cooling boxes the ultimate ‘field test’ challenge: to circumnavigate the globe while remaining under perfect temperature control.

At the end of a 13-day Odyssey covering more than 28,000 km, the Elite package arrived back in France, with its contents remaining at the specified cool chain range of +2°C to +8°C. This was despite having been subjected to temperature extremes above 30°C as it travelled in non-refrigerated vehicles across North America.

Social media event

The package was equipped with GPS tracker and temperature transmitter so that its progress and performance could be monitored throughout the journey, with real time social media updates via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter under the hashtag #eliteworldtour.

At each stage, the insulated box was carefully monitored: the temperature was systematically verified and the packaging solution unpacked to be checked by a quality control team. The condition of the external packaging, internal configurations and configuration of the insulating material, verification of the internal temperature and temperature recordings from the logger were all part of the control parameters.

Across Atlantic and Pacific

The journey began on September 13, 2017, when the Elite package left Sofrigam’s production plant in Arras, Northern France. The consignment was first flown to Sofrigam’s US subsidiary in Texas, a journey taking more than 48 hours. The box arrived in perfect condition. Following quality control and a change of eutectic plates in the packaging solution, the box was reshipped the next day to one of Sofrigam’s partners in Canada.

Following arrival in Vancouver, Canada two days later on 18 September, the insulated packaging solution was still in good condition with internal temperature having remained constant at +2/+8°C, in spite of transport and storage phases in environments without air conditioning during which the box was subjected to temperatures above +30°C.

The teams, which had frozen a set of eutectic plates beforehand, shipped it on the following day to China, where it arrived 48 hours later, on September 20.

Remaining cool

The Elite temperature-controlled box was then flown back to the Sofrigam production site in France, arriving home on 26 September.

“Following quality control and temperature reading, our checking revealed the packaging solution had remained under constant temperature throughout, apart from a brief ‘cold peak’ in which temperature dropped below +2°C for a few hours at the start of the journey,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

“This was due to poor preparation of the eutectic plates beforehand,” Ms. Perche explained.

“In all important respects, the Elite insulated box met this supreme challenge, to cover almost 30,000 kilometers over 312 hours around the world with an average external temperature of +25°C: It arrived home more grey than white, but the insulated packaging solution withstood storage, transits, successive loading and unloading all while maintaining a perfectly stable internal temperature. Elite certainly met the challenge!” said Ms. Perche.

Elite temperature-controlled box

Sofrigam recently introduced Elite as a range of reusable refrigerated boxes designed to ensure the transport of pharmaceutical products via the cold chain (+2/+8°C) for up to 168 hours, as qualified under the ISTA 7D summer and winter profile.

The Elite insulated packaging solution features high performance and highly resistant materials to ensure a perfectly maintained constant temperature and to guarantee a number of uses. The box is made from a very high performance insulating material: VIP, which provides three times greater insulation than polyurethane. The external packaging is made from polypropylene, a highly resistant, impermeable, washable material. The PVC internal lining allows the area in contact with the pharmaceutical products to be washed and disinfected.

“Elite is a refrigerated box that is easy-to-use because it is prepared in the same way whatever the shipping season,” said Laetitia Perche.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Global traveller: Elite reusable insulated box being prepared for its world tour

Global traveller: Elite reusable insulated box being prepared for its world tour

Departure: Elite packaging solution leaves Sofrigam’s production plant in Arras, Hauts de France region

Departure: Elite packaging solution leaves Sofrigam’s production plant in Arras, Hauts de France region

Cool chain saga: Elite’s journey westward around the world

Cool chain saga: Elite’s journey westward around the world

Last leg: Elite departs China en route back to France

Last leg: Elite departs China en route back to France


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam’s showing connected cold-chain solutions at CCGF Chicago


Sofrigam’s showing connected cold-chain solutions at CCGF Chicago


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

SEPTEMBER 08, 2017

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. is headed for the 15th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Global Forum 2017, now being staged in Chicago, USA.

Stand Sofrigam at the co-located trade exhibition will offer visitors opportunities to get ‘hands on’ with the company’s wide range of temperature controlled shipping and delivery cartons, patient centric bags and pouches and data-enabled intelligent solutions.

Patient centric cooling

In particular, Sofrigam will showcase its cooling bags and pouches specially designed to fit the end-user needs of diabetic and other patients.

“Ergonomic, easy to use, easy to transport and with temperature-controlled durations from few hours to several days, these bags are the perfect solution for daily use,” said Sofrigam SA Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

“Patients with chronic diseases now have easy solutions that fit their daily lives. These bags and pouches provide real patient-centric cooling solutions. With total patient experience now at the heart of pharma labs’ preoccupations on overall quality of life, patient-centricity is the new challenge,” she explained.

It all connects

Sofrigam will also show how Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and specific health tools have become increasingly interconnected in healthcare delivery.

“Health is now definitely connected,” commented Laetitia Perche. “That changes everything in the way people are treated. Personalized medicine is now a reality with the global personalized medicine market expected to increase by close to 12 per cent from 2014 to 2022. As medicines become more complex, using live elements, so the number of heat-sensitive medicines is on track to grow by 45 per cent between 2011 and 2017, to account for around half the medicines on the market,” she noted.

Security and traceability of shipment are also increasing important aspects of cold supply chain management, with increasing need for GDP compliant containers to ensure total product integrity.

Intelligent cold chain solutions

“For all these reasons, it is now very important to have a secure, optimized and very well managed cold chain logistics supply chain. Pharmaceutical labs spend so much in developing innovative medicines that they can’t afford to fail to deliver safely, keeping them at the right temperature range all the way through to end-use,” Ms. Perche pointed out

Accordingly, Sofrigam has recently developed a range of ‘intelligent‘ cold chain containers, such as iBox, also be on show in Chicago.

Completely autonomous with no need of an external power, the semi-active iBox can keep the products at +5°C for at least 120 hours, with integrated logger confirming temperature has been maintained.

Gold sponsor

“We are delighted to be a Gold Sponsor for this great event. As a leading provider of pharmaceutical temperature controlled packaging solutions, now implanted in the USA with our own production site, we could hardly miss this meeting focused on temperature controlled life science supply chain,” said Laetitia Perche.

“Once again, we’ll have the chance to show how Sofrigam can offer cost-effective global cold chain solutions that allow the world’s best pharma and life-sciences companies to deliver their valuable products worldwide, direct to patient if need be, whatever their logistics, technic or human constraints,” she concluded.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

About CCGF 2017

The annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum (CCGF) is an annual conference that focuses on the specialized needs of the temperature-sensitive supply chain. Hosted in the USA, it is the world’s largest event for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare supply chains.
The 15th Annual CCGF conference is a five-day event opening September 25 at the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place convention center in Chicago, IL.

Last year’s forum in Boston attracted more than 800 delegates, while the 2017 forum, featuring new branding and a new venue, will again provide a platform for more than 100 speakers and a further expanded range featuring new session formats, speaking faculties and vendor options, along with a co-located trade show.

The event is organized by IQPC. More information at: www.coldchainglobalforum.com

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam Initial cooling bags come in a range of sizes and formats.

Sofrigam Initial cooling bags come in a range of sizes and formats.

Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Sofrigam iBox: rugged and data-enabled for total security

Igloo cooling pouch from Sofrigam

Igloo cooling pouch from Sofrigam


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam identifies strategic cold-chain logistics challenges


Sofrigam identifies strategic cold-chain logistics challenges


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

AUGUST 15, 2017

Rueil Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA says temperature-controlled logistics now poses ‘a real challenge’ for healthcare companies, pointing to increasing financial, regulatory, technical and environmental complexities.

A new Sofrigam website article analyzes data from the Evaluate Pharma 2016 Report to highlight their impact on a range of strategic cold chain logistics issues, including increasing reliance on heat-sensitive products, more rigorous regulations: the technical challenges of temperature-controlled transport and overall impact on logistic costs.

The rise of biotechs

The 2000s have been marked by a period of global economic crisis and the emergence of generic laboratories, both impacting on the profitability of ‘conventional’ pharmaceuticals.

“Consequently, pharmaceutical laboratories have been forced to review their strategy and from this point forward focus their research on healthcare products stemming from biotechnologies,” says Sofrigam.

Although patents have become more profitable and longer lasting, their development has also become far more expensive.

“The pharmaceutical companies are therefore developing innovative treatments stemming from biotechs, which respond to a growing demand for illnesses such as cancer or diabetes,” Sofrigam points out.

The ‘hidden cost’ of biotech medicines, originating from living cells, is that they are extremely sensitive to variations in temperature, with very little tolerance to fluctuations.

Sofrigam points to an estimated 45% rise in the number of temperature sensitive healthcare products between 2011 and 2017, to the point that approximately half the medicines now on the market now require cold chain or cool chain storage and shipping.

Stricter regulation

Marie Boned, Quality Distribution Manager & Pharmacist within the Septodont laboratory, is an expert on regulatory issues. She points to a significant tightening in regulations regarding cold chain logistics of healthcare products:

“The publication in 2012 of the new GDP (Good Distribution Practice) for medicines is not without consequences for temperature-controlled logistics,” said Ms. Boned.

“It requires the implementation of devices ensuring the temperature control of healthcare products and medicines stored at +15/+25°C. The logistics of heat-sensitive products is becoming a real headache for laboratories, which combine the financial-security-regulatory aspect with increasingly larger volumes,” she comments.

“Simultaneously, laboratories are subject to the ISO 14001 standard, based on continuous improvement of environmental efficiency. The laboratory must act to minimize the damaging effects of its activities on the environment,” Marie Boned adds.

Growth with new constraints

The development of biotechs, combined with the increased prevalence of illnesses requiring heat-sensitive treatments has resulted in a clear market volume increase in demand for cold chain logistics packaging and services for medicines and other healthcare products. At the same time, the increasing sensitivity of more sophisticated products combined with tightening regulations and environmental pressures are increasing the cost of temperature-controlled shipping and storage.

The market for temperature-controlled logistics for healthcare products could reach USD 13 billion in 2019, a 40% increase over 2013, resulting in an average of a 14% cost increase in cold chain provision expenditure for healthcare companies, compared with current levels.

“There is growing awareness among laboratories that transporting temperature-controlled products requires specific equipment, such as insulated shipping packaging solutions, temperature monitoring and recording, cold chambers and refrigerated vehicles, which makes the logistics increasingly expensive, with greater risks and growing potential real environmental impacts,” says Sofrigam.

Twin-track approach

“In fact, the implementation of cold chain logistics is far from simple. It is necessary to simultaneously bring together risk management, cost control, patient safety and regulatory compliance,” the company concludes.
Sofrigam suggests two main routes to reconciling the needs to minimize logistical costs while maintaining temperature security. One approach is adoption of a ‘circular economy’ approach to air and land transport in which the traditional ‘make, use, dispose’ model is replaced by one that keeps resources in use for as long as possible, extracting maximum value from them, before recovering and regenerating materials at the end of service life.

The other approach is to make greater use of sea transport, trading speed against cost. Sofrigam will explore both approaches in further articles over the coming months.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Top 10 therapeutic developments of pharmaceutical laboratories in 2022

Top 10 therapeutic developments of pharmaceutical laboratories in 2022

Market development of heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products in 2011 and 2017

Market development of heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products in 2011 and 2017

Forecasts of global spending for the biopharmaceutical sector in cold chain logistics for 2019

Forecasts of global spending for the biopharmaceutical sector in cold chain logistics for 2019

Biopharma sector 2015 global spending in temperature-controlled logistics of medicines

Biopharma sector 2015 global spending in temperature-controlled logistics of medicines


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam’s guide on preparing cold chain shipments


Sofrigam’s guide on preparing cold chain shipments


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JULY 19, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has released a useful ‘how to’ guide on preparing packages for cold chain shipment.

In its latest blog, Sofrigam points out that correct configuration of the package plays a key role in avoiding the temperature fluctuations that can damage the integrity of shipped heat-sensitive products.

“The preparation protocol of an insulated packaging solution must be followed to the letter,” declares Sofrigam, before going on to show how ensuring true temperature stability can only be ensured by closely following a set of preparation procedures for each insulated packaging solution. These cover variables such as configuration according to ‘seasonal’ profiles, preparation of eutectic plates, and physical loading.

Rule One: read the manual

The starting point when preparing and loading any insulated packaging solution is to read and understand the preparation guidelines provided by the packaging manufacturer. These will cover eutectic gel freezing and stabilisation times, internal payload configuration, loading procedures, etc., which are all designed to avoid any temperature fluctuations and over-chilling the consignment, “These precautions help to ensure the transported products are stored correctly and avoid any risk of cold peaks,” says Sofrigam.

However, to ensure a perfectly stable storage temperature, the packaging solution must be prepared according to the external temperature conditions.

Seasonal profiles

“A packaging solution subject to negative external temperatures will not be prepared in the same way as a packaging solution shipped under hot logistical segments,” Sofrigam points out, explaining that insulated packaging should be prepared according to three different configurations: summer profile, winter profile and intermediate (mid-season) profile, depending on the external temperatures to which the packaging solution will be subjected to during shipment.

Sofrigam’s seasonal configurations are designed to comply with 7E standards of the International Safe Transport Association (ISTA) and the NF S99-700 guidelines of the French Association for Standardization (AFNOR). Both bodies define a range of temperature profiles that follow basic ‘summer’ or ’winter’ environments with further variations defined by destination; Mediterranean, Continental, Northern, etc.), along with total time in transport, from 24 to 144 hours. Based on these, Sofrigam defines three basic profiles:

  • Summer Configuration: corresponds to an average external temperature of more than +18 °C
  • Mid-season (intermediate) Configuration: corresponds to an average external temperature of between +8 °C and +18 °C
  • Winter Configuration: corresponds to an average external temperature of less than +8 °C

Preparing eutectic packs

The choice of seasonal profile will shape how the package is configured and loaded, particularly with respect to preparation of eutectic gel cooling packs.

  • For hot profiles: the eutectic packs are frozen at a temperature below -10 °C and in some cases further stabilized at -2 °C or left at room temperature for 45 minutes to 1hour
  • For cold profiles: the eutectic packs are stabilized in a cold chamber at +5 °C
  • For mid-season profiles: the solution will combine frozen eutectic packs and others stabilized at +5 °

Care in loading

However, the eutectic packs are not the only factor responsible for maintaining correct temperature in the packaging solution and avoiding risks of excessive hot or cold temperature fluctuations. Loading procedure is also very important.

“In the summer configuration, for example, if the eutectic packs are loaded directly into the packaging solution at -2°C, they must not be placed in direct contact with the products. You must insert separation plates in the packaging solution to avoid any risk of the products freezing,” Sofrigam warns.

Sofrigam recommends positioning the eutectic packs in the insulated packaging solution to form a ‘sandwich’ above and below the products or to form an ‘igloo’ surrounding them.

Matching package to payload

Lastly, to maintain claimed packaging performances, it is also necessary to bear in mind the payload for which the insulated packaging solution was designed.

“If there is no cardboard grouping provided with the packaging solution to insert the products for transportation, take care to respect the height of the product or fill the empty space with cushioning materials,” cautions Sofrigam.

“The insulated packaging solution functions according to a complex heat exchange and air circulation process thoroughly studied by heating engineers. A single modification in the positioning of the eutectic packs in the packaging solution can alter the overall performance of the packaging solution,” Sofrigam points out.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Forming an ‘igloo’ of eutectic gel packs can help ensure stable temperatures in insulated packaging

Forming an ‘igloo’ of eutectic gel packs can help ensure stable temperatures in insulated packaging

Careful preparation and stabilization of eutectic packs is an important part of the process

Careful preparation and stabilization of eutectic packs is an important part of the process


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam reveals details of its Quality Assurance program


Sofrigam reveals details of its Quality Assurance program


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JUNE 30, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has implemented a rigorous quality assurance (QA) process to cover every stage of its production of insulated packaging.

Sofrigam’s Quality, Health, Safety and Environment (QHSE) Manager Anne de Wispelaere has been explaining how the QA program is based on expertise in cold chain engineering and a manufacturing process demanding precision and know-how at ever y stage of production.

ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified

Anne de Wispelaere is interviewed in a recent article posed on the company’s blog page. She was first asked to explain the basic quality process at Sofrigam.

“Sofrigam is ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certified. ISO 9001 guides us in implementing a system of continuous improvement in our organisation, in managing non-conformities and the follow-up of customer satisfaction, while ISO 14001 certification demonstrates our commitment to reduce the environmental impact of our activity by controlling our energy expenditure,” Ms. de Wispelaere explains.

“The eco-design of our products, recycling and development of reusable insulated packaging solutions are an integral part of this process. These certifications and their criteria provide us with a regulatory framework to conduct a pertinent and effective quality process,” she adds.

Production process

Ms. de Wispelaere described the actions that Sofrigam implements before, during and after the production of insulated packaging solutions.

“Sofrigam remains faithful to its values of quality, innovation, technical expertise and reactivity. Our quality policy and our action plan of continuous improvement are based on these values,” she said.

Specifically, this process involves careful selection of suppliers and control of raw materials pre-production, quality controls carried out by a full-time quality controller on the semi-finished products and verification of recordings attesting to the controls prior to batch release.

Standards & regulations

Sofrigam insulated packaging solutions must respond to specific quality standards/regulations/certifications.

“All of our insulated packaging solutions are tested and qualified in the thermal testing laboratory. We systematically provide our clients with thermal efficiency test graphs, proof of performance and reliability of the packaging solutions maintaining the required temperature conditions,” said Anne de Wispelaere.

Sofrigam insulated packaging solutions are qualified in accordance with standards and regulatory reference documents specific to cold chain packaging solutions, such as NF S99-700, ISTA 7D and 7E standards.

Certicold certification

Some Sofrigam products are certified by the Cemafroid center of technical expertise with the Certicold Pharma label, which is a European certification specific to cold chain equipment for healthcare products. It requires the observance of precise specifications that guarantees the quality of the insulated solution, conformity with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) of healthcare products and fair price.

“This forms a genuine guarantee of performance and quality for cold chain solutions, especially since certification audit must take place annually,” said Anne de Wispelaere.

Laboratory standards

Sofrigam works with large pharmaceutical laboratories that have very strict quality processes. Ms. de Wispelaere explained how these integrate with Sofrigam’s own quality controls on insulated packaging solutions.

“Sofrigam does indeed work with large global pharmaceutical groups. Our insulated or refrigerated packaging solutions are intended to transport, in the case of the largest ones, thousands of euros of vaccines, insulins and other heat-sensitive medicines. Quality is therefore a major challenge: the integrity of the products is at stake, as well as the health of the patients,” she said.

Quality auditing

“The responsibility of the pharmaceutical companies is to ensure that the shipping conditions guarantee the quality of the transported products. This is why we are regularly audited by our clients to verify that Sofrigam continues to comply with the strict standards of the pharmaceutical industry with regard to heat-sensitive packaging solutions,” said Anne de Wispelaere.

“All Sofrigam company processes can be subject to audit: from the HR department to logistics. However, auditors of pharmaceutical laboratories focus primarily on activities with a direct impact on the quality of the delivered insulated packaging solution such as production, quality control, logistics, staff training, maintenance or even the thermal testing laboratory,” she explained.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam’s QA program covers every part of the production process through to delivery

Sofrigam’s QA program covers every part of the production process through to delivery


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam surveys biomedicine logistics


Sofrigam surveys biomedicine logistics


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JUNE 20, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has studied the future development of biomedicines, pointing to emerging solutions for their transport and storage.

The rapid rise of biomedicines that incorporate ‘live’ or active organisms has increased demands for temperature-controlled logistics previously required mainly for heat-sensitive vaccines and insulins.

Sofrigam’s latest website blog seeks to answer why biomedicines need to be stored at specific temperatures and whether any new solutions are emerging to help with their transportation.

Biomedicines: targeted treatments

Over the last decade, the world of healthcare has witnessed a significant transformation in the development of medicines with the rise of biotechnologies that use living organisms (tissues, cells, proteins) or parts of them (genes, enzymes) to develop medicines. In drawing on a biological source, such as a raw material of the active substance that they contain, they differ from conventional ‘chemical drugs’ that still account for the majority of pharmaceutical industry products.

Antibiotics, insulins, blood-derived medicines, vaccines and growth factors are all biomedicines that are either extracted directly from living things or derived from genetic intervention. Biomedicines are increasingly specific, targeted treatments, opening the window to genuinely personalized medicine that targets extremely precise pathological mechanisms in the diseased organism.

Some 80% of newly developed molecules are dedicated to the chronic and degenerative diseases that are the greatest cause of mortality in the world, according to the 2013 WHO publication: Non-communicable diseases: facts and figures.

“This is why it is necessary to innovate and create personalized treatments, to best respond to the needs of patients,” says Sofrigam.

Demanding storage standards

The production of biomedicines and biosimilars (biological medicines whose patent has fallen into the public domain) is complex because it relies on living cells or organisms. This is why they often need to be continually stored at a given temperature, complying with standards defined by the manufacturer in the Marketing Authorization (MA) dossier, an authentic identity document for the medicine. The MA dossier attests to the quality, safety, efficacy and reproducibility of the medicine, which has previously been subjected to preclinical and clinical tests – a process that lengthens the typical development period of such medicines to five years or more.

When marketing authorization is given by ANSM (National Health Products Safety Agency) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP), the storage and distribution of these sensitive medicines must be in strict accordance with the procedure described in the MA dossier and guided by Good Distribution Practices of medicinal products for human use (GDP).

Room temperature solutions

“It should be noted that not all biomedicines need to be stored in the refrigerator. Each medicine is different and must be stored and transported in a specific way, therefore it is necessary to consult the MA dossier which specifies the storage conditions for the medicine,” Sofrigam points out.

“Certain insulins for example, must be stored in the refrigerator if they have never been opened but can then be stored at room temperature for up to a month. Conversely, it is extremely important not to freeze them as they lose their effectiveness. All heat-sensitive medicines must be stored in the refrigerator, they are far more sensitive to ice than to exposure over +8°C,” the company comments.

Sofrigam reports that some promising methods are currently being developed to store initially heat-sensitive medicines at room temperature, especially in the case of certain vaccines.

Promising discovery

“The vaccines are, for the most part, viral vectors, this means that the structure of the viral components of vaccines break down after a few hours at room temperature. The heat destroys their integrity and they become ineffective. Some researchers have had the idea of adding additives so that they remain stable, even at room temperature,” says Sofrigam.

The company rates this discovery as ‘promising’, given the problems in developing countries where the challenge of providing cold storage due to lack of material resources is a principal cause of low vaccination rates.

The big players in the pharmaceutical industry are turning the corner in biotechnology: one out of every two new medicines is made up of active substances originating from cell cultures rather than chemical molecules. In addition to scientific progress, technology plays a significant role in the development of new treatments. The challenges of storing and transporting these medicines at controlled temperatures are therefore essential.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Biological medicines are temperature sensitive and need cold-chain logistics

Biological medicines are temperature sensitive and need cold-chain logistics

Biological medicine storage takes place at pharmacies, as well as warehouses

Biological medicine storage takes place at pharmacies, as well as warehouses


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam’s guides to cold chain documentation


Sofrigam’s guides to cold chain documentation


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MAY 10, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA has harnessed its expertise in temperature-controlled logistics to launch a series of guides on regulations and standards shaping the sector.

The Sofrigam guidance, which appears on its website, focuses on the various types of reference document that determine qualification of temperature-controlled pharmaceutical packaging solutions.

“It is difficult to know where to begin with all of the different reference documents that qualify pharmaceutical cold chain equipment,” says Sofrigam.

This multiplicity is because the regulations and standards that define acceptable levels of quality and security for temperature-sensitive medicines, drugs and vaccines originate from a number of organisations in different countries.

Regulations vs. standards

“Some reference documents come from standardization bodies authorized by states and have the status of norm,” says Sofrigam. “Others are written by industrial associations and groups and have the status of standards or guides. In both cases, these documents are established by a consensus of those directly involved.”

The distinction is important since application of a reference document is optional unless regulations make it compulsory.

Four types

Distribution of medicines via the temperature-controlled healthcare products cold chain is governed by four principal types of supplementary reference documents:

  • Regulations: These are a set of instructions and rules governing an activity. Regulations are written by competent administrations and their application is compulsory
  • Norms: A norm is a reference document describing a method for qualifying a temperature-controlled container, formalized by an independent body authorized for this purpose by a national or international authority (ISO, AFNOR, DIN, ASTM, BSI, NBN, JSA, etc.)
  • Standards: A standard is a document similar to a norm but formalized by a group (consortium) of users and product or service providers. It seeks to ensure compatibility of products and services from different sources
  • Guides and recommendations: A guide is a document, grouping together information on a topic, which serves as a benchmark. Recommendations are advice on good practice. For example, WHO has a guide on protocols for thermal efficiency testing: WHO/IVB/05.23

Pioneering guide

“The system is only as strong as its weakest link,” says Sofrigam, pointing out that it is vital to be able to identify the most relevant guideline or standard from the mass of potential documentation.

With this maxim in mind, the French-based company initiated production of a first practical guide for cold chain medicines, ‘Guide pratique: Chaîne du froid du médicaments’ jointly published in 2008 by the Société Française des Sciences et Techniques Pharmaceutique (SFSTP) sand the Association Française du Froid (AFF).

Sofrigam’s cold chain experts, as members of various technical committees within the AFF-SFSTP associations, contributed extensively to the production of this guide with other industrial refrigeration professionals, in the pharmaceutical and pharmacy sectors.

This practical guide on the medicine cold chain was one of the first quality reference documents to secure the distribution network of healthcare products via the cold chain (+2/+8°C) for all professionals involved in the medicine logistics chain: pharmaceutical laboratories, distributors and pharmacists. It aims to guarantee better security of the medicine delivered in line with regulatory constraints while optimizing operation costs using concrete examples to assist professionals in their various processes: writing specifications, validation of transport, implementation of controls, etc.

Sofrigam will call on much of the information contained in the French-language guide, updated for subsequent regulation and publications.

Combating complexity

“Year after year, the French Board of Pharmacists published its recommendations for maintaining the cold chain of healthcare products at the pharmacy (receipt, storage, preparation of medicines, patient recommendations). Where they are still valid, these reference documents have witnessed other initiatives to combat the complexity of the subject of refrigeration for healthcare products, such as the creation of a committee dedicated to the last mile within the AFF,” says Sofrigam.

“There are many reference documents encompassing the qualification protocols for cold chain packaging solutions and going through them can be confusing. In our next article we will look at the different parameters considered in the qualification protocols for insulated packaging solutions. This will compare the efficiency of the various packaging solutions available on the market,” says Sofrigam.

A subsequent Sofrigam article will provide a comparative summary of the different protocols for qualifying packaging solutions.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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A library of different documents governs qualification of insulated packaging solutions

A library of different documents governs qualification of insulated packaging solutions

AFF/SFSTP 2008 Medicines Cold Chain Guide

AFF/SFSTP 2008 Medicines Cold Chain Guide


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam shows how to reduce cool chain airfreight costs


Sofrigam shows how to reduce cool chain airfreight costs


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

APRIL 12, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA believes many pharma companies are missing major opportunities to reduce air transport costs, particularly on temperature-sensitive medicines, drugs and vaccines.

Sofrigam has released a new ‘How To’ guide to aviation transport of medicines that provides tips on integrating air cargo into the cold-chain logistics pipeline.

“Increasing numbers of boxes for vaccinations, cancer drugs, insulin pens, and other heat-sensitive products need to be shipped on aircraft,” Sofrigam says.

“Transporting these products by air while keeping them within exact temperature ranges pose particular challenges that can only be met by using the right processes and technology,” says the French-based specialist.

Maintaining cold-chain integrity in transit

The primary challenge is keeping the cold chain of sensitive medicines intact throughout the storage stages and various transfers involved in air cargo, says Sofrigam.

“The biggest obstacles are in transit, where the packaging solution must pass through both open and closed segments. These will involve the package to significant temperature fluctuations.

“For example, the package will pass over the airport tarmac (open segment), experiencing a temperature of more than +30°C then transit through a closed segment customs loop where the temperature reduces to around +20°C before reaching a temperature-controlled area at +5°C. The wide range of temperatures encountered in this circuit requires a reliable method for storing heat-sensitive products within the required temperature range,” Sofrigam points out.

XXL Pallet shipper:

Sofrigam first began to revolutionize the palletized transportation of heat-sensitive medicines by airplane in 2002, with the development of its innovative Pallet Shipper XXL refrigerated container.

Pallet Shipper is a completely autonomous packaging solution that stores fresh pharmaceutical products at cool chain compliant temperatures of between +2°C and +8°C, at controlled room temperature (+15/+25°C) or frozen (-18°C). Its internal volume of more than 1,900 liters can directly accommodate a standard European or North American pallet while the whole XXL package is perfectly sized and shaped to occupy exactly one quarter of an air cargo standardized container, optimizing space, cutting handling times and reducing shipping costs.

The internal configuration is adapted to direct loading of eutectic plates and enabling airflows that maintain even temperature within the Shipper, allowing load to remains at constant temperature for up to 120 hours, enough to cope with the longest flight.

Tips and tricks

The Sofrigam ‘How to’ guide on temperature-controlled air transport, available on the company’s website, also provides a list of tips for minimizing the air transportation costs of medicines. These include:

  • Match medicine needs with actual logistical circuit to avoid using an ‘over engineered’ solution that will be more expensive to purchase, overloaded with costly eutectic plates and thus involve needless weight and volume at the expense of pallet payload.
  • Maximize loading format of the insulated packaging solution to transport maximum number of medicines in single shipment.
  • Optimize packaging solution to provide closest fit between external size and target payload to maximize use of standardized air cargo platform.
  • Select packaging containers with internal slots and fixtures that facilitate loading to reduce handling time.
  • Use insulated packaging solution adapted to the size of standardized airfreight platforms for shipment of large consignments of medicines.
  • Consider customized packaging solutions for particularly complex logistical circuits or specific requirements.

“The challenges of transporting heat-sensitive medicines on aircraft are significant,’ says Sofrigam.

“Nevertheless, good management of the cold chain and the correct choice of insulated packaging solution will help to control and optimize specific aspects to achieve an overall reduction in airfreight costs that can be very significant,” the company concludes.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Sofrigam Pallet Shipper: refrigerated container designed for air cargo

Sofrigam Pallet Shipper: refrigerated container designed for air cargo

Standardized aviation pallets are increasingly important in pharma logistics

Standardized aviation pallets are increasingly important in pharma logistics


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam adopts advanced technology to revolutionize thermal testing


Sofrigam adopts advanced technology to revolutionize thermal testing


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

MARCH 08, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA is taking its quality control process a step further by adopting advanced wavelength thermal measuring technology for its insulated packaging solutions.

The new technology will give Sofrigam deeper insights into the basic thermal properties of its polyurethane insulating materials, external cardboard of insulated boxes or fabric coverings used in its insulated pouches. It will also be able to verify the evolution of the thermal conductivity of these materials over time.

When combined with powerful new Smart CAE testing software, this will allow Sofrigam to develop even more efficient, robust and synergistic insulated packaging solutions.

Validating temperature-controlled solutions

Sofrigam’s strong Quality Team was already systematically checking the raw materials used for packaging, as well as the end products (insulated boxes and packaging solutions), working in close collaboration with the thermal testing laboratory Ater Métrologie to test, qualify and validate its temperature-controlled solutions.

Now, the laboratory’s acquisition of the thermal wavelength flow meter, a device for measuring the thermal resistance and conductivity of any material, allows Sofrigam to go further in using thermal wavelength technology to scientifically measure the thermal quality of every component of its insulated packaging.

Thermal flowmeter

The wavelength meter, also known as a thermal flowmeter, measures the thermal performance of any insulated material, as Thibault Pech, an R&D engineer within the Ater Métrologie laboratory, explains:

“The wavelength meter consists of two plates which sandwich the insulating material. Each plate is set at a different temperature, of between -10°C and +90°C inclusive. If you want to know the thermal conductivity of a material at +5°C for example, you set one plate at +10°C and the other at 0°C. Once the balance is reached, the thermal flowmeter will measure the thermal flow exchanged between both plates and calculate the thermal resistance of the material.”

‘The thermal wavelength technology represents a powerful new tool that will allow us to assess in detail the inherent quality of every components of Sofrigam packaging solutions,” said Pech.

ISO 9001 quality control

The new technology allows Sofrigam to implement a quality control process alongside its packaging solution manufacturing process to respond to the requirements of ISO 9001 certification, requiring high quality organizational methods, and management of non-conformities.

“Sofrigam has always paid special attention to the quality of its heat-sensitive packaging solutions and the materials used to make them. The use of a thermal flowmeter is a further step forward in the drive for continuous improvement in our company,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

“Sofrigam manufactures temperature-controlled and cool chain packaging solutions for the biggest names in the pharmaceutical industry. These big names regularly audit our production site, which is another reason for us to pay special attention to the quality of our packaging solutions,” said Ms. Perche.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

Resources

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Thermal testing of polyurethane at Sofrigam production site, Monchy-le-Preux

Thermal testing of polyurethane at Sofrigam production site, Monchy-le-Preux

Thermal flowmeter

Thermal flowmeter


Supplier Information
Supplier: Sofrigam SA
Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam showing Initial Range at PHARM Connect Budapest


Sofrigam showing Initial Range at PHARM Connect Budapest


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

FEBRUARY 15, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Cool chain packaging specialist Sofrigam is returning to the important PHARM Connect Congress in Budapest as exhibitor and sponsor.

Sofrigam will use the congress to reach out to a core European audience of procurement, quality, logistics and cold chain decision makers from pharmaceutical, biopharmaceutical and biotech companies across Europe and the CIS.

It will demonstrate that its temperature-controlled solutions are cost efficient and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of client cold chain management by optimizing the quantities of products shipped and reducing transportation costs.

It will also show that its packaging solutions are highly effective, offering up to 120 hours duration, allowing products to reach any global destination, while complying with Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines.

Initial Collection

“PHARM Connect is the largest and the most important business congress for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries in the Central Eastern Europe. As the leading provider of insulated shipping packaging solutions for life-science pharmaceutical products in Europe, Sofrigam is pleased to sponsor and attend this event to meet key decision makers of the cold chain logistics and supply chain management of biopharmaceutical products,” said Laetitia Perche, Sofrigam’s Marketing Director.

Sofrigam will exhibit its recently-introduced Initial Collection of cGDP ‘ready-to-ship’ pallet shippers, cold chain boxes and bags that offer modular cold chain solutions that are reliable and cost-efficient, optimizing TCO across global cold chain logistics chains.

“This range offers modular, compact and lightweight insulated packaging products with the best quality/price ratio,” commented Ms. Perche.

Reduced transportation costs

Each packaging box can be modulated for performance with switchable cold durations. Pre-qualified under AFNOR & ISTA standards, Initial Range packages can be shipped by air, road or sea, offering maximum payload within minimum weight to reduce transportation costs and cut preparation time.

“An internal study over a period of two months to compare the efficiency of our products with the packaging solutions offered by our competitors reveals that, given a comparable level of efficiency and a similar external size, our packaging offers 20% more payload and 30% less weight,” said Laetitia Perche.

“This is mainly due to the use of high added-value insulating materials in our products. Our study also demonstrated that, whereas our cold chain shipping systems are just as easy to load as equivalent competing products, our set of accessories ensures ease of handling and reduces preparation times,” she added.

About Sofrigam

French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

About PHARM Connect Budapest

PHARM Connect Budapest is the largest and most important pharmaceutical and biotechnology business summit for Central Eastern Europe and the CIS region, attracting more than 500 attendees from some 20 countries.

Since the event’s launch in 2011, the number of participants has reached more than 500, representing some 20 countries in the region and beyond.

The congress caters for leading service providers of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector – covering a wide range of profiles from API’s and contract manufacturing to logistics, cold chain storage and distribution.

The 7th annual PHARM Connect Congress is a two-day event opening February 23 at the Corinthia Grand Hotel in central Budapest.

More information at: http://www.pharmconnect.eu

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
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Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam accelerates packaging tests with Smart CAE thermal simulation software


Sofrigam accelerates packaging tests with Smart CAE thermal simulation software


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

FEBRUARY 02, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain specialist Sofrigam SA now use a computer thermal performance simulation system that is revolutionizing the way it develops and qualifies insulated packaging solutions.

The Smart CAE system allows far more rapid digital thermal modeling, replacing costly series of physical thermal tests with powerful mathematical algorithms. This allows Sofrigam to define new packaging solutions more rapidly and tailor them more accurately required technical specifications.

Thermal testing for refrigerated packaging solutions

All insulated or refrigerated packaging solution developments for product launch or custom-made packaging designs go through thermal performance testing. Carried out by Sofrigam Design Office engineers in collaboration with the Ater Métrologie climatic testing laboratory, this involves subjecting the packaging solution to numerous thermal tests throughout its design phase.

Up until now, Sofrigam’s Design Office engineers were using thermal assessment software specific to Sofrigam to determine the various packaging solution elements, such as number of eutectic gels, type and thickness of thermal insulating material used, external outer packaging, etc. Once the design was validated, the thermal engineers would perform pre-validation tests, known as POC (Proof of Concept) testing. These thermal tests involve subjecting the insulated packaging solution to an environment that reproduces the actual shipping or storage conditions. They allow the design to be adjusted so that it meets the required technical specifications and provides ideal compromise to optimize packaging solution for weight, payload, and ease of preparation and loading.

Smart CAE

Sofrigam has now introduced cutting-edge software that is specifically adapted to simulate performance of thermal packaging solutions equipped with phase-change materials (PCMs), such as eutectic cooling gels.

Smart CAE’ is a program based on the Wolfram Mathematica mathematical symbolic computation engine. Smart CAE uses the geometric simplicity of the elements and adapted algebraic models to allow the temperature changes within any given packaging configuration to be accurately modeled.

This virtual modeling can replace lengthy series of thermal tests, making it possible to reduce development times drastically or respond more rapidly to need for new configurations.

Sofrigam’s adoption of the Smart CAE regime delivers three principal client benefits: reduced cost, faster response and reduced risk.

Reducing development costs

Working with simulation software will help to significantly reduce the number of thermal tests to which the packaging solution must undergo. This helps to reduce development costs by eliminating need to manufacture a physical prototype while saving time and minimizing environmental impacts of laboratory testing, which consumes significant energy to simulate extreme hot and cold climatic conditions. Reducing the number of physical simulations also frees up more Ater Métrologie time to carry out packaging qualification tests.

Transforming responsiveness

Sofrigam design and qualification teams need to work at maximum speed as demands on temperature-controlled packaging grow more complex and demanded response times become shorter. Using the digital thermal simulation tool allows Sofrigam to meet both challenges.

Jérémy Clerfeuille, Head of Sofrigam’s Design Office, explains: “Take for example a packaging design with a 120 hour profile. It takes about two weeks to manufacture the prototype, stabilize the eutectic plates, carry out thermal testing and analyze the results.”

“But with digital thermal simulation software, we can have all of this in as little as 30 minutes, without having to manufacture a prototype, but with equally reliable data,” said Clerfeuille.

Reducing risk

Such responsiveness will allow Sofrigam’s thermal experts to respond even faster to ad hoc requests from clients relating to testing and thermal recommendations. These include need to reduce shipping risks by simulating the efficiency of a packaging solution against logistics profiles not provided for initial qualification in order to validate individual shipments. Sofrigam will also be able to provide faster help to clients in analyzing causes of temperature deviations using Reverse Analysis, proposing corrective actions and assisting logistics teams in implementing them.

“Our use of Smart CAE brings about increased efficiency and reactivity in designing insulated packaging solutions, and as a result, a better service to our clients,” concluded Mr. Clerfeuille.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Digital thermal simulation for designing insulated packaging solutions

Digital thermal simulation for designing insulated packaging solutions

Thermal testing of a temperature-controlled packaging solution

Thermal testing of a temperature-controlled packaging solution


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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam brings end-to-end thinking to TCL 2017


Sofrigam brings end-to-end thinking to TCL 2017


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JANUARY 24, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A., will use the Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe (TCL 2017) conference in London to present latest thinking on cool chain shipping and storage.

Sofrigam is once again a prominent sponsor of the event, which has become a centerpiece of the cool-chain logistics industry.

The company’s exhibition stand at Booths 39/40 at London ExCel, open on Tuesday January 31 and Wednesday February 1.

End to end logistics

The stand will feature Sofrigam’s recently introduced ‘collections’ of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, including the hi-tech iBox insulated shipping container and its ability to maintain product temperature perfectly at between +2 and +8°C.

“We see two core topics that need to be highlighted at TCL 2017,” said Mr. Gilles Labranque, Sofrigam CEO.

“One is undoubtedly the issue of end-to-end pharmaceutical logistics, or how to guarantee maintaining medicines at constant temperatures across the whole supply chain, especially when the logistical circuits are increasingly complex, with multiples pharmaceutical hubs and people involved in logistics,” he explained.

Focus on usage and reuse

“The other key topic for 2017 is reusing insulated packaging solutions, with growing environmental concerns forcing manufacturers in the sector to innovate in order to reduce environmental impact across the logistics chain,” said Labranque.

“Packaging solutions are becoming increasingly sophisticated, manufactured from increasingly resistant materials because the packaging solution must no longer only be considered in terms of use but in terms of usage. Reuse is one of the keys but still poses questions today: lack of standards governing the reuse of packaging, constraints on the management of the return circuit, problems with complex logistical circuits, etc. manufacturers of static refrigerated packaging solutions still have issues to address,” he added.

“These themes have always been at the heart of our expertise. We will be happy to discuss them with our visitors and present our innovative solutions with optimized and secure end-to-end logistics,” said Mr. Labranque.

About Sofrigam

French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

About TCL 2017

Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe is a major European event dedicated to the temperature-controlled logistics of biotechnology and pharmaceutical products. For 2017, the event moves to London for the first time.

The 16th annual conference, TCL 2017, is a four-day event, opening January 30 at the ExCel exhibition center in London Docklands, where it is expected to attract more than 500 delegates.

The conference will focus on the latest innovations in the pharmaceutical supply chain, featuring 60 expert speakers, 40 expert sessions and six topic streams. These include Cutting Costs, Operating in Emerging Markets, Reducing Supply Chain Risks, Regulation Compliance and Future Trends.

The co-located exhibition will feature 60 of the leading players in the industry, showcasing latest products and solutions.

The event is organized by IQPC. More information at: https://www.temperaturecontrolledlogistics.com

Media Contact

Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
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Website: www.sofrigam.com


Sofrigam anticipates optimized NewGen approach to pharma logistics


Sofrigam anticipates optimized NewGen approach to pharma logistics


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Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

JANUARY 09, 2017

Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. says it has adapted its temperature-controlled packaging strategies to synergize with two emerging trends in pharma and biotech logistics.

The first is an increasingly ‘packaged’ and integrated approach to life sciences logistics in which ever more complex risk management, regulation and product sensitivity plus cost pressures have compelled pharmaceutical companies to adopt an increasingly outsourced approach, entrusting all cold chain shipping to third party logistics (3PL/TPL) providers. Accordingly, TPL providers are increasingly providing temperature-controlled services and adapting infrastructures to cater more specifically for the needs of life sciences clients.

The second emerging trend is greater reliance on Big Data mining of huge semi-structured data sets for predictive or analytical information. The French-based company has moved to anticipate the trend with that incorporate inbuilt temperature regulation system and on-board electronics that accumulate data as they maintain exact temperature and provide accurate monitoring across shipment.

Collections strategy

The three Sofrigam insulated packaging collections, introduced at the Cool Chain Logistics Europe summit in Frankfurt earlier this year, are part of a new Sofrigam design and product ‘3M’ strategy that emphasizes:

  • Maximized volume through closely observed configurations of shipping containers
  • Minimized loading weight and transportation costs through precise calculation of cold source
  • Minimized loading times enabled by inventive equipment configurations and design
  • The three collections variously emphasize different priorities for pharma clients.

    The Initial Collection focuses on value for money, exemplified by the recently introduced Sofribox, emphasizing effectiveness in maintaining controlled temperature across the whole payload and minimized Total Cost of Ownership (TCO through closer fit with air and road logistics standards.

    The Elite Collection emphasizes ultimate security and peace of mind, with solutions that maintain completely stable internal temperatures for up to 240 hours: between three and five times longer than traditional insulated packaging. The collection is exemplified by Sofribox containers incorporating vacuum insulated panel (VIP) technology.

    The Connected 2.0 Collection, spearheaded by Sofrigam’s flagship iBox connected and auto-regulated cold chain shipping container, is designed to meet emerging pharma and biotech industry requirements for guaranteed complete real-time temperature control during end-to-end transportation of sensitive products, harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

    Minimizing TCO and TCP

    “At Sofrigam, we have focused design of our new insulated packaging ranges for a new world in which cold-chain logistics is an increasingly packaged service and in which collecting and preserving data becomes almost as important as the actual packaging,” commented Sofrigam CEO and founder Gilles Labranque.

    “This means making packaging cost efficient in optimizing supply chain costs and guaranteeing optimal risk management. The total cost of packaging (TCP) is only one component: we also focus on total cost of ownership (TCO) across the operation, which includes all the outbound distribution costs as well,” said Labranque, pointing out that packaging makes up only about 20 per cent of supply chain costs, dwarfed by distribution charges.

    “Thus a package that costs 20% more but only costs half as much to ship effectively reduces total TCO by around 30%,” Labranque pointed out.

    “That’s why our packaging ranges are designed around the 3M algorithm that maximizes volume while minimizing package weight and handling time,” he explained.

    Temperature-sensitive boom

    Medicines derived from genetic research and biotech are increasingly costly and temperature sensitive, requiring ever-increasing care and regulation in transportation. Added to this are increasingly restrictive compliance guidelines, creating an ever more complex logistical environment.

    According to the American pharmaceutical magazine Pharmaceutical Commerce, pharmaceutical logistics via the cold chain generated more than $10 billion in revenue in 2015, set to increase to $13 billion by 2019.

    Examples of increasingly specialist logistics offerings include the recent UPS announcement of a purpose-built life sciences distribution center in the Netherlands alongside its new dedicated healthcare airfreight dispatch center at Amsterdam-Schiphol airport and DHL’s investments since 2012 in facilities capable of processing shipments of heat-sensitive products.

    Greater horizontal integration is also illustrated by the three-way collaboration between pharmaceutical laboratory Baxter and Belgian pharmaceutical manufacturer UCB via logistics specialist Tri-Vizor to create an integrated biopharma logistics network covering six Eastern European countries that has achieved cost savings of more than 15%, with a 50% reduction in the carbon footprint. The collaboration has since been extended include American filtration system manufacturer Donaldson Company Inc. and Kimberley-Clark.

    Further innovation

    Technology is omnipresent in this new logistics landscape from authentication via unique coding on primary, secondary and tertiary packaging to Big Data risk management and predictive analytics and ability to track and trace products right across the entire logistical chain from manufacture to end-user delivery.

    “We are entering an era of connected and even collaborative logistics,” said Labranque.

    “Sofrigam is committed to optimum management of logistics via the cold chain with ever more focused and sophisticated package offerings, a journey that began with the development of our initial Pallet Shipper in 2001,” he said.

    “The current focus of our research is in further integration of data into the logistics chain and we are moving towards further innovations that we plan to announce quite soon,” Labranque promised.

    About Sofrigam

    Founded by an industrial pharmacist in 1979, Sofrigam has become the leading European expert in providing refrigerated packaging solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry. Sofrigam offers a complete range of customized, pre-qualified temperature-controlled packaging solutions for heat-sensitive biopharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and cosmetics products.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site near Arras.

    Following 2014/2015 expansion, the design and manufacturing plant for Sofrigam insulated packaging located in Monchy-le-Preux in France is now one of the biggest site in the world dedicated exclusively to temperature-controlled packaging solutions.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    In 2016, Sofrigam remodeled its product ranges to present a new and more dynamic visual identity, intended to facilitate understanding of its activity on the international stage where it achieves 90% of its turnover. The company has also announced new development prospects based on innovations resulting from its own research and development programs.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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    Increased sophistication of medicines driving new approaches to pharmaceutical logistics

    Increased sophistication of medicines driving new approaches to pharmaceutical logistics

    Sofrigam iBox ‘smart’ containers that marry rigorous physical, temperature and data security.

    Sofrigam iBox ‘smart’ containers that marry rigorous physical, temperature and data security

    iBox container includes on-board electronics for real time temperature control and tracking

    iBox container includes on-board electronics for real time temperature control and tracking


    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam embraces Big Data with new generation iBox cold chain containers


    Sofrigam embraces Big Data with new generation iBox cold chain containers


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    OCTOBER 05, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. says Big Data – the mining of huge semi-structured data sets for predictive or analytical information – is the next big trend in pharmaceutical logistics.

    The French-based company has moved to anticipate the trend with its latest generation of high-tech cold chain iBox semi-active temperature controlled containers that incorporate inbuilt temperature regulation system and on-board electronics that accumulate data as they maintain exact temperature and provide accurate monitoring across shipment.

    Temperature-sensitive boom

    As Big Pharma becomes even bigger, growing from current global worth of $300 billion to $400 billion by 2020, according to the World Health Organization estimates, cold chain support, including packaging, becomes increasingly critical. Much of the industry growth is powered by temperature-sensitive biologics and biosimilars that account for more than 50 percent of new drugs and likely to represent 23 per cent of all industry drugs and medicines by 2017.

    “Not only these types of drugs require strict temperature control, they are increasingly being shipped to emerging markets with extreme temperature ranges, further driving the need for an innovative cold supply chain and packaging,” pointed out Sofrigam founder and CEO, Gilles Labranque.

    Big Data opportunity

    “In this context, pharmaceutical companies are more and more constrained by regulations. For all these reasons, traceability of products has become essential. Big Data provides an opportunity to improve monitoring of the conditions of transport and ensure the traceability of products transported across the whole logistics chain,” Labranque commented.

    “The challenges of pharmaceutical logistics via the cold chain are many: medicine security, management of temperature traceability, optimization of costs and minimization of environmental impact. This is true, especially since these challenges arise at several stages of the logistics chain: prior to the supply of raw materials for the production of medicines (molecules, stem cells, etc.), and following intercontinental, national, regional distribution, right down to the last mile of the finished products,” said Labranque.

    “Internationally, the development of new high-tech products such as the iBox demonstrates the desire of Sofrigam to extend our sector of activity into new growth markets. Today we no longer just sell products but rather a global range of services, we want to develop our global support ranges for the client to facilitate the management of their logistics via the cold chain,” he added.

    Minimizing TCO

    “At Sofrigam, we have focused design of our new insulated packaging range on need to minimize cold chain TCO – total cost of ownership,” commented, Chief Executive Officer of Sofrigam.

    “This means making packaging cost efficient in optimizing supply chain costs and guaranteeing optimal risk management. The cost of packaging is only one component: we also focus on total cost of their operations, which includes all the outbound distribution costs as well,” said Labranque, pointing out that packaging makes up only about 20 per cent of supply chain costs, dwarfed by distribution charges.

    “That’s why our packaging ranges are designed around an algorithm known as the “3M Policy: maximize volume, minimize package weight and minimize handling time,” Labranque explained.

    About Sofrigam

    Founded by industrial pharmacist Gilles Labranque in 1979, Sofrigam has become the leading European expert in maintaining the cold chain for the life science industries. providing refrigerated packaging solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry. Sofrigam offers a complete range of customized, pre-qualified temperature-controlled packaging solutions for heat-sensitive biopharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and cosmetics products.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site near Arras.

    Following 2014/2015 expansion, the design and manufacturing plant for Sofrigam insulated packaging located in Monchy-le-Preux in France is now the biggest site in the world dedicated exclusively to temperature-controlled packaging solutions.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    In 2016, Sofrigam remodeled its product ranges to present a new and more dynamic visual identity, intended to facilitate understanding of its activity on the international stage where it achieves 90% of its turnover. The company has also announced new development prospects based on innovations resulting from its own research and development programs.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 00
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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    Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes.

    Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security

    iBox close up of open box

    iBox close up of open box

    Gilles Labranque Chief Executive Officer of Sofrigam

    Gilles Labranque, Chief Executive Officer for Sofrigam S.A


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    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam’s high profile presence at CCGF Boston


    Sofrigam’s high profile presence at CCGF Boston


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    SEPTEMBER 05, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will showcase its new iBox and insulated packaging ranges at the Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Global Forum in Boston in late September.

    Sofrigam has been a leading sponsor of the event for more than five years and will be a high profile presence at the 2016 CCGF conference, with its cold chain experts leading several plenary and workshop sessions.

    “Our aim at this event is always to provide attendees all the tools they need to optimize their cost-effective packaging solutions and decrease total cost of ownership (TCO) across their cold chain logistics estate,” said Sofrigam SA Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    New iBox

    Sofrigam will also be an exhibitor at CCGF 2016. Its stand at Booth 316 will showcase the new generation high-tech cold chain iBox, a semi-active temperature controlled container with inbuilt temperature regulation system and on-board electronics to ensure the maintenance of exact temperature as well as provide accurate monitoring across shipment.

    Sofrigam will also show its new Initial and Elite collections of ‘ready-to-ship’ packaging solutions, designed to offer lower TCO by optimizing shipment volumes and providing greater operational efficiency and simpler handling.

    “These cold chain boxes have been designed to respond to pharmaceutical logistical standards for volumes, performance and qualification to optimize our clients’ global logistical costs, while guaranteeing perfect maintenance of constant temperature,” said Ms. Perche.

    International cold chain force

    “We also want to underline that we are an international force in temperature-controlled packaging solutions, said Ms Perche.

    “Sofrigam insulated shipping packaging are used by the major pharmaceutical companies to transport millions of medicines every year. Our US-based subsidiary manufactures and distributes Sofrigam cold chain packaging solutions across North America to the highest quality standards. These American-made cold chain packaging solutions ensure high security for the cold chain transport of biotech and orphan drugs with the best quality/price ratio, always optimizing the TCO of cold chain logistics,” she said.

    About Sofrigam

    Founded in 1979, Sofrigam is the leading European provider of refrigerated packaging solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry. Sofrigam offers a complete range of customized, pre-qualified temperature-controlled packaging solutions for heat-sensitive biopharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and cosmetics products.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site near Arras.

    Following 2014/2015 expansion, the design and manufacturing plant for Sofrigam insulated packaging located in Monchy-le-Preux in France is now the biggest site in the world dedicated exclusively to temperature-controlled packaging solutions.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    About Cold Chain Global Forum

    The annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum (CCGF) is an annual conference that focuses on the specialized needs of the temperature-sensitive supply chain.

    Hosted in the USA, it is the world’s largest event for temperature-controlled pharmaceutical, biotech and healthcare supply chains.

    The 14th Annual CCGF conference is a four-day event opening September 26 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts.

    It is expected to attract more than 850 delegates and will feature more than 100 speakers.

    CCGF 2016 features a significantly expanded range of focus topics, session formats, speaking faculties and vendor options.

    The event is organized by IQPC with more information at: http://www.coldchainglobalforum.com

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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    Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes

    Sofrigam iBox comes in a range of sizes and shapes

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security


    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam introduces hi-tech iBox for ultimate cold chain security


    Sofrigam introduces hi-tech iBox for ultimate cold chain security


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    JUNE 27, 2016

    Monchy-le-Preux, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. has rolled out iBox as a new generation ‘connected’ solution, using space-age technology to ensure temperature monitoring and maintenance of the cool chain in shipping and storage of high value heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products.

    Jointly developed by Sofrigam’s American and European R&D teams, the iBox is a high performance thermally insulated container incorporating advanced technology and embedded electronics.

    Plug and play

    The iBox can maintain product temperature at +5°C to ensure cold chain compliance, while delivering customized traceability of internal and external temperatures, with Plug and Play capabilities.

    “We created iBox with the aim of facilitating and increasing the logistical security for clients,” explained Sofrigam’s Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “This is a very easy to use solution that offers total control of transported products,” said Ms. Perche.

    Affordable, durable, reusable

    The iBox construction is very robust, giving high impact resistance and allowing it to be reused more than 100 times. At the end of its life, the container is collected with 95% of the materials recyclable or returned to production.

    Sofrigam is recognized for sustainability, having been awarded two “Greener Packaging Awards 2011” in the “environmental impact” and “innovator of the year” categories.

    Sofrigam is offering the iBox for purchase or hire, allowing clients to benefit from packaged equipment insurance, maintenance and very quick replacement where necessary.

    iBox in detail

    Packed with genuine cutting-edge technology, the iBox guarantees flawless stability of temperature, even under extreme conditions, for the transportation of heat sensitive pharmaceutical products, (bio-derived medicines, cancer drugs, insulin, vaccines, etc.).

    The iBox combines very high performance insulation, VIP (Vacuum Insulated Panel) with polyurethane which maintains efficiency for up to five days.

    The Flight Case type shell delivers high shock-resistance and protects the integrity of the internal components.

    The unique and patented iBox temperature regulating system is inspired by technology originally developed by NASA. The thermal regulation unit (TRU) is an internal gel pack refrigeration unit that continually maintains cool temperature.

    A thermostatically controlled regulation system opens and closes a thermal duct to drain the heat out of the payload area. This allows internal temperature to be systematically stabilized at +5°C whatever the external temperature profile.

    The iBox is equipped with internal and external temperature sensors that record data throughout the journey to provide accurate traceability of temperature fluctuations. Recorder parameters can be programmed and configured according to the needs of each client, using Plug and Play technology that makes it possible to access the temperature readings directly via USB interface for rapid batch release.

    Technical specifications:

    Cold Duration: up to 120 hours
    Temperature range: +2o to +8oC
    Volumes: 11 liters and 36 liters
    Insulation: injected polyurethane plus high density vacuum insulation panel (VIP)
    Thermal performance: λ0.004W/m.K
    External construction: Top opening flight case with aluminum profile surrounding plastic alveolar panels
    Cold source: Phase change material (PCM) gel packs
    Qualification: AFNOR NF S99-700 metrology lab-tested and certified

     

    About Sofrigam

    Founded in 1979, Sofrigam is the leading European provider of refrigerated packaging solutions dedicated to the pharmaceutical industry. Sofrigam offers a complete range of customized, pre-qualified temperature-controlled packaging solutions for heat-sensitive biopharmaceutical, chemical, biotechnology and cosmetics products.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site near Arras.

    Following 2014/2015 expansion, the design and manufacturing plant for Sofrigam insulated packaging located in Monchy-le-Preux in France is now the biggest site in the world dedicated exclusively to temperature-controlled packaging solutions.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    Resources

    Click on Sofrigam introduces hi-tech iBox for ultimate cold chain security for more information.
    Click on Sofrigam SA to contact the company directly.

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security

    iBox uses a robust top-opening flight case format for high physical security

    The internal iBox temperature recorder is directly accessible and programmable via Plug and Play USB interface.

    The internal iBox temperature recorder is directly accessible and programmable via Plug and Play USB interface.


    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam’s Igloo pouch closes ‘last mile’ cold chain gap to patient


    Sofrigam’s Igloo pouch closes ‘last mile’ cold chain gap to patient


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    JUNE 01, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France:- Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A., has developed Igloo as an innovative solution to a gap in the cold chain that ensures the safety of temperature sensitive medicines.

    Ensuring end-to-end integrity in the cold chain has become increasingly important over the past eight years, during which the number of heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products has increased by nearly 50%. Currently around half of all medicines are temperature sensitive, including vaccines, hormones, insulin and bio-derived medicines for multiple sclerosis, chronic inflammatory diseases, etc.

    Last mile gap

    However this increase in temperature sensitive medicines has highlighted a gap in the ‘last mile’ of the cool chain. While manufacturers and wholesalers have developed reliable and efficient temperature controlled logistics systems to ensure temperature-controlled storage and delivery from manufacture to pharmacists, there have been deficiencies in ensuring medicines are similarly protected between pharmacist and patient.

    This requires personal storage pouches that are both fully insulated and can also maintain approved temperature outside a refrigerator for at last an hour during transport and travel.

    “However, the insulated pouches which have existed on the market up until now do not comply with the French National Council of Pharmacists (FNCP) or pharmacy constraints,” say Sofrigam, which has devoted two years research and development to finding a solution.

    Shortcomings

    The French-based company developed its innovative Igloo cooling kit in direct response to a request from the FNCP for a solution to serious shortcomings in the last mile delivery chain.

    “In particular, many of the pouches being used by pharmacies and patients had no eutectic gel packs inside to provide a cold source, inadequate insulation that limited cold storage to a few minutes, no real re-use potential and no regulatory approval or constraints. We have taken these problems on board when developing the Igloo pouch as a secure personal temperature-controlled transport and storage system,” said Sofrigam.

    Igloo innovations

    The first key component in the Igloo cooling kit is a pouch incorporating effective thermal insulation. The pouch is big enough to accommodate the vast majority of heat sensitive medicines on the market while remaining sufficiently compact to be easily transported by the patient inside a handbag, briefcase, etc.

    The second component is an ultra-compact ‘cold source’, a eutectic gel cooling element that fits inside the Igloo pouch alongside the medicines.

    Together, the two elements can reduce temperature inside the pouch to the temperature range of +2°C to +8°C that is needed to ensure cold chain compliance and maintain that temperature for at least one hour independent of refrigeration.

    Certicold approved


    This performance has allowed Igloo to gain Certicold Pharma approval.

    An additional benefit is that Igloo is fully reusable, with the gel pack being capable of being refrozen in a refrigerator more than 50 times before needing replacement.

    “This is a practical, light and easy to transport, fully reusable cooling pouch that keeps medicines safe for at last one hour – a considerable technical achievement for a product of this size,” says Sofrigam.

    “Above all, it is a product that meets a major need: cold chain compliant personal transport of heat-sensitive medicines without affecting their quality or rendering them harmful,” the company adds.

    Extensive development

    The insulated cooling pouch with cold source is the fruit of two years of research, including extensive collaborations with laboratories, wholesale distributors, hospitals and pharmacies. It was necessary to carry out nearly 600 tests to develop the final Igloo solution and ensure full cold chain compliance.

    While the current Igloo pouch is large enough to accommodate some 80% of heat-sensitive medicines on the market, Sofrigam is now working on development of a bigger version for more voluminous products.

    Breakthrough product

    The Igloo cooling kit represents a long-awaited innovation in the market for heat-sensitive medicines, allowing pharmaceutical companies to guarantee therapeutic quality of their medicines through to patient administration. The Igloo pouch is large enough to accommodate the vast majority of heat sensitive medicines.

    Protecting cold chain medicines

    Safeguarding the pharmaceutical cold chain for heat-sensitive medicines, such as vaccines, hormones and insulin, guarantees the integrity of medical treatments until they are administered. Once the medicine has been issued to the patient, it must constantly be stored at a temperature of between +2 °C and +8 °C in order to maintain its effectiveness.

    About Igloo

    Igloo is Sofrigam’s patented insulated packaging solution for storing heat-sensitive medicines in transit from the pharmacy to the patient’s home. It bears the Certicold Pharma* label as a guarantee of quality and efficacy in protecting medicines at specific temperatures of between +2 °C and +8 °C.

    Sofrigam developed the Igloo cold pouch solution during 2015 in collaboration with healthcare professionals in response to a request from the French National Council of Pharmacists to provide an appropriate form of packaging with minimum built-in cooling capacity of 20 minutes. Igloo also satisfies the requirements of individual pharmacists for a cold transport and storage solution that is quick and easy to prepare and affordable to sell on or offer as added value for their customers.

    The Igloo cooling solution comprises a complete kit of insulated pouch and eutectic gel to provide a cold source. Together, they can maintain internal temperature at between +2 °C and +8 °C for up to one hour.

    The Igloo procedure is straightforward: the pharmacist supplies the medicine in the Igloo pouch (stored at +5 °C), which maintains it at the correct temperature for up to one hour (based on the conditions defined on the label) without external refrigeration.

    The patient then simply places the pouch in the domestic refrigerator, which maintains correct temperature indefinitely.

    Finally, the patient takes the Igloo medicine pouch to the doctor’s appointment or other outing, without any additional preparation and with no risk of the medicine freezing.

    About Sofrigam

    French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    Resources

    Click on Igloo Video to view the video presentation.
    Click on Sofrigam’s Igloo pouch closes ‘last mile’ cold chain gap to patient for more information.
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    Sofrigam Igloo provides patients with an approved temperature-controlled way of transporting their medicines

    Sofrigam Igloo provides patients with an approved temperature-controlled way of transporting their medicines

    Igloo is a compact insulated pouch using a slim cooling gel pack to maintain internal temperature at between +2°C and +8°C for up to one hour

    Igloo is a compact insulated pouch using a slim cooling gel pack to maintain internal temperature at between +2°C and +8°C for up to one hour


    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam brings new insulated shipping packaging collections to CSS Brussels


    Sofrigam brings new insulated shipping packaging collections to CSS Brussels


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    MARCH 10, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A. will use the prestige Cool Supply Systems & Solutions summit in Brussels to present its latest product range and new corporate identity.

    Sofrigam is both a sponsor and key exhibitor at the CSS event.

    Cold chain logistics collections

    Sofrigam’s stand at the Golden Tulip hotel will feature its new corporate ‘look’ as well as a completely re-designed range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, now organized into themed collections.

    Sofrigam will showcase its new range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, completely re-designed into Collections optimized to differing customer priorities from best quality/price ratio packaging to closely controlled corrected cooling and temperature monitoring including the recently introduced iBox insulated shipping container and its ability to maintain product temperature perfectly at between +2 and +8°C.

    Temperature-controlled solutions

    “As an event dedicated to temperature-controlled logistics for the pharma industry with a focus on insulated solutions which fits to GDP requirements, the CSS show harmonizes very closely with our own solutions and the priorities for our client base of decision makers in pharma and biotech laboratories, quality managers and cold chain logistics managers,” said Alain Schuerwegen, Sofrigam’s Commercial Agent for the Benelux countries.

    “Whether it is questions of modes of transport, insulated solutions or handling of shipments at various points within the chain, this event will help decision makers to evaluate the best current results for implemented GDP requirements,” said Mr. Schuerwegen who will join the Sofrigam team on the stand.

    “CSS is a great platform for Sofrigam to present its insulated packaging solutions designed to secure the cold chain for pharma products, meet the decisions makers in the pharma and biopharma industries and present our latest ranges of insulated packaging solutions,” added Sofrigam Marketing Head, Laetitia Perche.

    About Sofrigam

    French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    About Cool Supply Systems & Solutions 2016

    The Cool Supply Systems & Solutions (CSS) show is one of the continent’s leading events for providers and users of time and temperature-controlled pharma shipments, providing a platform for all stakeholders to assess the current challenges associated with Good Distribution Practice (GDP)
    The 5th annual Cool Chain Logistics summit is a two-day event, opening March 22 at the Golden Tulip Brussels Airport Hotel for some 300 delegates. The key strategic focus for the 2016 event is harmonization and correct Interpretation of GDP guidelines.

    CSS 2015 is organized by PharmaDialogue, the Life Sciences division of the Business Dialogue conferencing network.

    More information at: http://www.cold-gdp.com/

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    OR

    Alain Schuerwegen, Commercial Agent Benelux, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +32 476 50 89 67
    Email: alain.schuerwegen@sofrigam

    Resources

    Click on Sofrigam brings new insulated shipping packaging collections to CSS Brussels for more information.
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    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam unveils cold chain packaging Collections


    Sofrigam unveils cold chain packaging Collections


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    MARCH 01, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A., has unveiled its new Collections theme that now defines its wide range of insulated packaging and shipping products.

    The new collections, which received their debut at the recent Cool Chain Logistics Europe summit in Frankfurt, are part of a series of Sofrigam advances for 2016, including a redesigned corporate identity.

    Sofrigam 3M Policy

    The keystone of the new cold chain shipping solutions is the Sofrigam ‘3M’ Policy that emphasizes:

    • Maximized volume through closely observed configurations of shipping containers
    • Minimized loading weight and transportation costs through precise calculation of cold source
    • Minimized loading times enabled by inventive equipment configurations and design

    The Sofrigam range of insulated packaging solutions is now grouped into three collections, ranging from best value for money to most advanced technology.

    Initial Collection: best value for money

    The Initial Collection range of value for money solutions, exemplified by the recently introduced Sofribox, emphasizes effectiveness in maintaining controlled temperature across the whole payload and minimized Total Cost of Ownership (TCO).

    The Initial Collection observes air and road logistics standards in terms of volume, performance and pre-qualifications and is designed according to Sofrigam 3M guidelines.

    Elite Collection: ultra-secure insulated packaging solutions

    The Elite Collection offers ultimate security and peace of mind, with solutions that maintain completely stable internal temperatures for up to 240 hours: between three and five times longer than traditional insulated packaging.

    The collection offers the most secure temperature-controlled packaging solutions on the market, exemplified by Sofribox containers incorporating vacuum insulated panel (VIP) technology.

    Connected 2.0 Collection: real time tracking of heat-sensitive products

    The Connected 2.0 Collection is designed to meet emerging pharma and biotech industry requirements for guaranteed complete real-time temperature control during end-to-end transportation of sensitive products, harnessing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

    Originating for the Sofrigam R&D laboratories, the Connected 2.0 Collection offers a high performance concentrated cooling solutions harnessing advances in data networking, materials and automation. The collection is spearheaded by Sofrigam’s flagship iBox connected and auto-regulated cold chain shipping container.

    About Sofrigam

    French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    Resources

    Click on Sofrigam unveils cold chain packaging Collections for more information.
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    Initial Collection: insulated Sofribox insulated shipping package optimised to reduce shipping costs

    Initial Collection: insulated Sofribox insulated shipping package optimised to reduce shipping costs

    Elite Collection: high performance cold chain thermal shipping packaging with vacuum insulated panel (VIP) technology for long duration cold chain transportation

    Elite Collection: high performance cold chain thermal shipping packaging with vacuum insulated panel (VIP) technology for long duration cold chain transportation


    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam brings new look image and insulated packaging solutions to Cool Chain Europe 2016


    Sofrigam brings new look image and insulated packaging solutions to Cool Chain Europe 2016


    Sofrigam logo

    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    JANUARY 22, 2016

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Temperature-controlled logistics and pharmaceutical cold chain packaging specialist Sofrigam S.A., will use the prestige Cool Chain Logistics Europe summit in Frankfurt to present its latest product range and new corporate identity.

    Sofrigam is a long-standing partner of the Cool Chain event, which this year features a new and more interactive format.

    Cold chain packaging solutions

    Sofrigam will also be a key exhibitor. Its stand on Booth 20 at Messe Frankfurt will showcase its new corporate ‘look’ as well as a completely re-designed range of temperature-controlled packaging solutions. The Sofrigam team at the Frankfurt show will demonstrate the recently introduced iBox insulated shipping container and its ability to maintain product temperature perfectly at between +2 and +8°C

    Temperature-controlled logistics

    “This is undoubtedly the most important Cold Chain event in Europe and a great chance to meet the decision makers in pharma and biotech laboratories, quality managers and cold chain logistics managers who make key decisions about temperature-controlled logistics and cool chain packaging,” said Sofrigam Marketing Head, Laetitia Perche.

    “The summit also provides us with a great platform to present our new visual identity and our new range of temperature management and pharmaceutical distribution solutions,” said Ms. Perche.

    Sofrigam has been a regular exhibitor at Cool Chain Europe since the event’s inception in 2001.

    About Sofrigam

    French-based Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping and temperature management solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    About Cool Chain Europe 2016

    The Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe Summit (Cool Chain Europe) is the continent’s most prestigious event targeted at providers and users of temperature-controlled logistics in general and pharmaceutical and biotech companies in particular.

    The event was founded in 2001 by IQPC, attracting just 30 participants and three sponsors. Today, it attracts more than 500 delegates, with some 60 exhibiting and sponsoring companies, making it Europe’s largest cold chain event.

    The 15th Cool Chain Logistics summit is a four-day event, opening January 25 at the landmark Messe Frankfurt Convention Centre.

    The 2016 Summit will feature a new format designed to promote interactivity, along with 18 hours of networking sessions. The conference will include some 30 speakers and will feature feedback from the Pharma Ocean Freight Working Group Forum, an Initiative aiming to create best practices for reefer handling, as well as a discussion-led stream on next generation temperature controlled logistics, examining the future of CRT and cool chain GDP compliance.

    Winners of the 2016 Temperature Controlled Logistics Awards will be announced at a gala dinner on the evening of January 26.

    The event is organized by ColdChainIQ, in association with IQPC. More information at: http://www.coolchaineurope.com

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    Resources

    Click on Sofrigam brings new look image and insulated packaging solutions to Cool Chain Europe 2016 for more information.
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    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam calls for new attitudes to isothermal pharma distribution


    Sofrigam calls for new attitudes to isothermal pharma distribution


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    NOVEMBER 24, 2015

    Monchy-le-Preux, France: – Cool chain packaging specialist Sofrigam warns that step changes in attitudes to isothermal distribution and storage of medicines are urgently needed to cope with an expected explosion in the number of temperature sensitive products over the coming decade.

    Sofrigam identifies storage at pharmacies and ‘last mile’ distribution to patients as the key challenges.

    Biological drugs

    “There is a growing trend for bespoke treatments and targeted therapies. The development of biological drugs is set to intensify over the next 10 to 15 years, and yet these products are highly sensitive to temperature variations,” the French company notes.

    “Biological medicines are developed using living plant, human or animal cells, or micro-organisms. These complex and innovative molecules remain highly fragile and particularly sensitive to temperature variations, with a limited shelf life. Even slight temperature variations can modify the drugs’ molecular structure, and extreme care is required at every stage in the supply chain,” it notes.

    Heat-sensitive health products

    Among the facts and figures, Sofrigam highlights:

    • Currently more than 90% of vaccines require a temperature-controlled supply chain from the manufacturer right up to administration to the patient.
    • By 2018, it is expected that 49% of the world’s top 100 healthcare products will belong to the biotechnology category.
    • By 2020, it is estimated that 8 in 10 of the world’s best-selling drugs will need to be stored at between +2°C and +8°C.

    The statistics highlight a growing challenge, particularly for advanced markets in Europe and North America.

    Europe: insulated delivery solutions

    In Europe, there is growing awareness that temperature-sensitive drugs and healthcare products need to be safeguarded in a cool chain that extends all the way from production to the end user’s home or bedside.

    “Patients are beginning to realize the importance of protecting their temperature-sensitive medicines as they take them home from the pharmacy. They recognize the need for special care when transporting medicines, in the same way that they have already become accustomed to transporting refrigerated or frozen food products in isothermal bags,” says Sofrigam.

    Branding opportunity

    The firm also says that pharmacists have a major role to play, both in providing advice and information to patients, but also in providing insulated and temperature-controlled delivery solutions.

    “This is one reason why the use of isothermal cooling bags is really taking off in Europe,” says Sofrigam.

    “These bags guarantee the integrity of the product. From the manufacturers’ point of view, they are also a great opportunity to boost brand loyalty: isothermal bags can be easily customized to feature their name and logo.”

    America: multiple distribution circuits

    The picture is even more complex in the United States and Canada, where there are three major distribution channels. Two of these are accounted for by independent pharmacies and online outlets. The third major source of supply are pharmacy chains, which in turn break down into three sub-channels: traditional drugstores, the healthcare counters of major retailers such as Wal-Mart and pharmacies belonging to mass merchants or discount stores, such as Costco.

    “This complexity means a greater number of stakeholders involved in providing healthcare to patients,” Sofrigam notes.

    Patient education needed

    “Chain stores have everything to gain from promoting an image of quality and being seen to do everything in their power to protect patients’ health. That includes distributing drugs in protective isothermal bags,” the firm notes.

    Sofrigam concludes that major consumer education is required.

    “Pharmaceutical firms are aware of the importance of the sea change in temperature sensitive products, but the same cannot yet be said for the majority of patients… Watch this space!” says Sofrigam.

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    Resources

    Click on Sofrigam calls for new attitudes to isothermal pharma distribution for more information.
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    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Debut for Sofrigam iBox at Cold Chain Global Forum in Boston


    Debut for Sofrigam iBox at Cold Chain Global Forum in Boston


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    AUGUST 28, 2015

    Monchy-le-Preux, France: – Cool chain packaging specialist Sofrigam will be a prominent presence at October’s Cold Chain Global Forum in Boston, North America’s biggest event for the temperature controlled logistics industry.

    Sofrigam is both a sponsor of the event and prominent exhibitor, with ‘Stand Sofrigam’ showcasing a wide range of the company’s many insulated shipping and temperature controlled packaging solutions for the pharma and biotech industries, ranging from to compact pouches to the XXL Pallet Shipper optimized for palleted air cargo, revolutionizing cold chain logistics.

    iBox debut

    A star of the show will be Sofrigam’s new iBox cold chain packaging solution, making its North American debut in Boston. The iBox is a new generation high technology semi-active container that combines an autonomous temperature-controlled container, independent of power supplies, with thermal regulation technology to maintain products at between +2 and +8°C whatever the outside temperature.

    Sofrigam has specifically designed iBox to lower overall total cost of ownership (TCO) in the pharmaceutical cold chain by making it robust, with a service life of at least three years, and reusable supporting rental applications.

    Stand Sofrigam will also exhibit a new insulated pouch designed for patients to transport their heat sensitive medicines from the pharmacy or the hospital to their home. The pouch keeps their medicines at +2/+8°C for up to one hour, eliminating risks of breaching the cold chain or freezing the medicines.

    Win an iPad

    Stand Sofrigam will also feature a lottery competition offering five prizes including an iPad. Visitors who can correctly answer all questions about cold chain shipping packaging solutions will have their entries submitted for the prize draw, to be conducted at the end of the first day of the show.

    A team from STP, the US-based subsidiary that manufactures and sells Sofrigam insulated packaging in North America, will staff the stand.

    The team will conduct numerous on stand demonstrations, showing how Sofrigam products work and how to use them most effectively.

    “This is the biggest cold chain event in the United States, and therefore the world,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “Sofrigam is pleased to be a sponsor of the Cold Chain Forum, which provides a great platform for exchanging knowledge and best practice throughout out our industry. This is also the ideal place to meet the temperature management decision makers of pharmaceutical and biotech companies,” said Ms. Perche.

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    About Cold Chain Global Forum

    The Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum (Cold Chain Global Forum) is the most important event for the USA and for the temperature controlled logistics industry worldwide.

    The 13th Cold Chain Global Forum will be a five day event, opening October 5 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston, Massachusetts.

    The 2015 conference will examine all key aspects of the modern cold chain with some 95 speakers covering topics such as expanded use of ocean freight, global Good Distribution Practice (GDP) updates and best practices, application of data analytics to temperature controlled supply chain, stability budgeting and track & trace solutions.

    The 2014 Forum attracted more than 750 delegates from some 22 countries worldwide. Delegates included supply chain directors, engineers and regulatory authorities with almost three quarters of primary market representatives representing pharmaceutical, pharmaceutical preparation & manufacturing, biotechnology and medical device companies.

    The event is organized by IQPC, with more information at: http://www.coldchainglobalforum.com

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

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    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam launches “off the shelf” Sofribox® range


    Sofrigam launches “off the shelf” Sofribox® range


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    FEBRUARY 22, 2015

    Rueil-Malmaison, France: – Cool chain packaging specialist Sofrigam continues to expand its range by adding a new “off the shelf” range of Sofribox® insulated shipping packaging.

    The new range was formally launched at the ‘Cool Chain Europe 2015’ in Frankfurt at the end of January.

    The launch comes less than a month after Sofrigam released a new flat pack version of its extra large XXL Pallet Shipper, also aimed at reducing Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for its clients.

    The new release is enabled by a recent comparative survey of equivalent temperature-controlled packaging that confirms the insulating superiority of Sofrigam solutions and provided data to optimize the new Sofribox design.

    High performance

    Sofribox is a sturdy and high performance refrigerated box designed for transporting temperature sensitive products. Constructed of high-density rigid polyurethane panels with external cardboard overwrapping, Sofribox is designed to accommodate chilled or frozen products, along with cold source such as gel pack.

    Previously available in custom sizes to individual order, Sofribox will now be available ‘off the shelf’ from Sofrigam in a range of standardized popular sizes. All are qualified for use in the strict temperature range of 2° to 8° C and meet the three key requirements for cost-effective temperature-controlled packaging:

    • maximization of payload
    • minimization of packaging weight
    • minimal preparation time

    The new range of ‘off-the-shelf’ Sofribox includes summer and winter configurations and can be supplied in single use or reusable versions.

    Comparative survey

    Over a period of two months, Sofrigam analyzed the performance characteristics of equivalent types of temperature-controlled packaging solutions, available to order from catalogues, by simulating as closely as possible the actual logistical journeys made by air and by road, in accordance with the profiles defined by AFNOR B and D and ISTA 7E –the most realistic. In addition, the operators scrupulously observed the position and number of temperature sensors stipulated in the regulations in order to conduct the tests.

    The results of the comparative survey demonstrated the superiority of Sofrigam-designed and temperature-controlled products. With equivalent performance and external size, the payload was an average 20 percent higher, while packaging weight was almost a third lower, largely due to the use of high value insulating materials. Sofrigam’s cold chain shipping containers were as easy to load as competing products while provision of a panel of accessories speeded up handling and reduced preparation time.

    “More than a tenth of the Sofrigam workforce is engaged in quality control, from receipt of the raw materials to delivery of the product and monitoring on the client’s premises,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “Extraordinary human skills and advanced production tools enable work to be carried out under satisfactory environmental conditions and ensure the application of best practice in manufacturing,” she added.

    Ongoing research and development

    The coming year will see qualification of a +15° to +25° C product range designed on similar principles, along with research on the creation of a single-configuration range that will be suitable for use all year round.

    “Our partnership with the Ater Métrologie environmental testing laboratory, which is equipped with state of the art technical facilities, ensures that the thermal resistance of the containers is tested and qualified in order to guarantee the integrity of the products at every stage of the cold chain,” Ms. Perche explained.  

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. is Europe’s leading specialist in the design and manufacture of temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the pharmaceuticals industry.

    Founded in 1979, Sofrigam has experienced impressive growth over the past two decades. The Sofrigam plant for designing and manufacturing insulated containers, situated at Monchy-le-Preux, near Arras, is the world’s largest site to be solely dedicated to the production of temperature-controlled packaging solutions.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.
    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: laetitia.perche@sofrigam.com

    OR

    Vanessa Dinclaux, Communications Manager, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 02
    Email: vanessa.dinclaux@sofrigam.com

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    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofrigam launches flat-pack XXL pallet shipper at Cool Chain Europe


    Sofrigam launches flat-pack XXL pallet shipper at Cool Chain Europe


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    JANUARY 06, 2015

    Monchy-le-Preux, France: – Cool chain packaging specialist Sofrigam has welcomed the New Year by releasing a new flat pack version of its extra large XXL Pallet Shipper in a bid to reduce Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for its clients.

    Sofrigam will exhibit the new XXL Pallet Shipper for the first time on its stand at the Cool Chain Europe event in Frankfurt later this month. Sofrigam will also use the event to showcase its new standard range of products for 2015.

    TCO is a key indicator for the purchase of insulated packaging solutions. Close to half the companies in the pharmaceuticals industry are endeavoring to reduce the overall costs of cold chain logistics, looking for packaging solutions that guarantee controlled temperature while also:

    • Optimizing the volume of products dispatched
    • Reducing transport costs
    • Minimizing labor costs and preparation time

    Lower TCO

    Sofrigam’s flat-packed XXL Pallet Shipper is a collapsible extra large pallet conformable insulated box that provides an effective response to these requirements.

    This new release closely follows Sofrigam’s revolutionary large volume cool chain container, the XXL Pallet Shipper Frizbox®, an insulated solution adapted to conform to airfreight pallet dimensions and designed to revolutionize the transport of temperature-controlled products.

    Now the flat-packed version of the XXL Pallet Shipper takes the concept a stage further by optimizing the shipping of large quantities of products and reducing TCO all along the cold chain logistics pipeline.

    Bulk logistics tool

    “The flat pack XXL Pallet Shipper is the result of months of research and development,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “Every day, when dispatching millions of heat-sensitive products around the world, pharmaceutical laboratories are confronted by ever-more stringent regulations, increasingly large quantities to be transported, mounting logistical costs, the growing burden of insurance schemes… the list is almost endless,” she added.

    “We believe this new cold chain shipping container will be the perfect answer to many of these requirements for life science companies shipping in bulk,” commented Ms. Perche.

    As a packaging solution, the XXL Pallet Shipper has six key advantages:

    • Inexpensive: the flat pack form enables more containers to be delivered in a given consignment while reducing the costs of supplying production sites.
    • Lightweight and compact: because the XXL Pallet Shipper is supplied flat, three times as many can form a standard truckload compared with pre-assembled pallet boxes (48 boxes in flat pack form compared with 17 pre-assembled), while twice as many can be carried on an air freight platform (8 flat boxes as against 4 pre-assembled).
    • Robust: this is an essential criterion for an insulated shipper intended for carrying products many miles throughout the world. It may be light in weight, but the Pallet Shipper is solidly constructed.
    • Easy and quick to assemble: this is the only temperature-controlled shipping container on the market that can be assembled by a single person in less than five minutes.
    • Safe: Compare to other flat-packed solutions, Sofrigam’s XXL Pallet Shipper allows heat-sensitive products to be directly loaded into the box pallet avoiding any interruption in the cold chain.
    • Highly efficient: the Pallet Shipper is manufactured from polyurethane, the most efficient insulating material available and is capable of withstanding any interruption to the cold chain for up to 96 hours under conditions defined by AFNOR and for up to 144 hours in conditions defined by ISTA 7E.

    Advance preview in Frankfurt

    “We will be offering an advance preview of the XXL Pallet Shipper at the IQPC Cool Chain Europe trade fair in Frankfurt later this month and believe it already forms one of the year’s most significant innovations for the cool chain sector, “ said Laetitia Perche.

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    About Cool Chain Europe

    The 14th annual Cool Chain & Temperature Controlled Logistics Europe conference will take place at the Messe Frankfurt Venue, in Frankfurt am Main on January 26-29, 2015.

    Over more than a decade, the Cool Chain Europe conference has steadily grown to become a milestone event for logistics and supply chain professionals within the life science industries, currently attracting some 400 participants and more than 50 sponsors and speakers, making it Europe’s largest cold chain event.

    The conference combines focused, technical workshops and strategic presentations with an industry exhibition and highly developed networking platforms.

    The 2015 programme will feature themes and topics that include cost-effective GDP compliance, end-to-end supply chain integrity, international and emerging market strategy and supply chain network and distribution design.

    Sofrigam is one of the main sponsors of the 2015 Cool Chain Europe event, which is organized by IQPC.

    Media Contact

    Vanessa Dinclaux, Communication Officer, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 02
    Email: marketing@sofrigam.com

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    Supplier Information
    Supplier: Sofrigam SA
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Sofigram Frizbox optimizes cool chain cargoes for airfreight


    Sofigram Frizbox optimizes cool chain cargoes for airfreight


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    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    OCTOBER 22, 2014

    Monchy-le-Preux, France: – Cool chain packaging specialists Sofigram has pioneered Frizbox® Pallet Shipper as an optimized solution for air transport of heat sensitive pharmaceutical and biological products.

    Air transport is commonly used to distribute temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals for its speed and safety. Air shipping is fast, safe and secure but poses three particular issues for cool chain integrity:

    • Compliance with cold chain standard qualifications (FDA, ISTA, etc.) to maintain product integrity and safety
    • Reduced loading times for cost-effectiveness
    • Optimization of volumes shipped by air to limit carbon footprint

    Sofigram says its new Frizbox® solution overcomes all three challenges with a palletized format that interfaces with standard air cargo containers while providing temperature controlled and insulated polyurethane protective packaging that conforms to industry standards.

    Air cargo challenges

    Abbes Kacimi, Sofrigam cold chain expertise manager, said the air cargo environment posed particular problems for temperature sensitive medicines.

    “The logistics circuit for this means of transport is characterized by specific open or closed, hot or cold, segments such as the runway, transit and passage through customs,” said Kacimi.

    “This circuit requires a reliable, stand-alone resource without any external energy sources, that can maintain the products within the required temperature range,” he explained.

    Sofigram designed the Frizbox® Pallet Shipper as a flexible, simple and economic solution that makes it possible for companies to ship small and large volumes safely and cost effectively.

    Autonomous temperature control

    Gel packs are the only cold source inside the Frizbox packaging, guaranteeing autonomy from any other cooling sources for at least 10 days.

    Sofrigam’s pre-qualified insulated shipping packaging format is much bigger than that usually used, corresponding to exactly one quarter of a standard full width aircraft unit load device (ULD). This makes it possible to load up to four Frizbox shippers directly into an LD 6 container.
    With an inside volume of up to 2,000 liters (2m3) and a temperature maintenance time of up to 120 hours, the insulated Frizbox® container keeps the products at a controlled temperature between 2°C and 8°C, or between 15°C and 25°C.

    The Pallet Shipper currently satisfies many pharmaceutical laboratories in the world by meeting all their requirements. It complies with all leading standards governing the cool chain transport of heat sensitive goods, including Good Distribution Practice (GDP), Association Française de Normalisation (AFNOR) and International Safe Transit Association (ISTA).

    About Sofigram

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain pharmaceutical shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the life sciences industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain logistic problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure thermal packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofigram partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: marketing@sofrigam.com

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    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com


    Revealed: razor-thin margins of protecting heat sensitive medicines


    Revealed: razor-thin margins of protecting heat sensitive medicines


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    JULY 08, 2014

    Press Release | Sofrigam S.A

    Monchy-le-Preux , France: – Maintaining the cold chain for heat sensitive medication is a high stakes business. Any break in the temperature controlled chain, even for a minute or two, can have disastrous consequences for the patient and expose manufacturers and suppliers to major financial losses. A minor temperature excursion of a few degrees outside the limits permitted by marketing authorization can render a vaccine or medicine ineffective – even toxic.

    Few organisations are more aware of these uncomfortable truths than France’s Ater Métrologie laboratory. From its base in the village of Monchy-le-Preux, south of Arras in Pas-de-Calais, the laboratory conducts thousands of tests a year to establish the margins between success and failure in temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems.

    Laboratory director David Stienne explains that these margins can be razor-thin, recounting results on a recent test to find out how long unprotected products can maintain permitted temperature if cooling fails during storage or transport.

    “We carried out a test on a simulation vaccine. The active product was replaced by water, but the packaging was strictly identical to the vaccine on the market: an outer cardboard box and a heat moulded plastic blister enclosing the vaccine,” Stienne explained.

    Shock results

    After fitting temperature sensors on the outer box and close to the product itself, researchers placed the whole package in a professional cooling cabinet and chilled it to +3°C for five hours. Then the package was taken out of the cabinet and exposed to room temperature of around 21°C while technicians monitored readings from the sensors. The results were shocking.

    “The packaging exceeded the required +8°C temperature after only three minutes of exposure,” said Stienne.

    “It took only one minute more for the ‘vaccine’ inside to exceed permitted temperature, also,” he added.

    “So we were able to show that the temperature rise was very fast even after a prolonged cooling period. The implications are clear: that heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products must have effective and highly portable insulation packaging. Otherwise, there is a window of only a few minutes from being removed from the cool chain during which the product can be safely administered,” said Stienne.

    Widening the window

    Working in partnership with Ater Métrologie, French-based cold chain logistics expert Sofrigam constantly seeks to widen that window by developing packaging and temperature stabilization technologies that can accompany heat sensitive products ever further along the chain and down the ‘last mile ‘ to the end-user.

    Sofrigam’s objectives are to help pharmaceutical laboratories, producers, health professionals and patients in mitigating the risks and guaranteeing the safety, quality and effectiveness of heat products.

    The range of technologies and packaging solutions that are now available can be seen in one of the most important heat-sensitive products of all, insulin.

    The Insulin dilemma

    The imperative to maintain insulin at between +2°C and +8°C is a life-or-death issue for more than 350 million diabetics worldwide. For decades, one of the most important questions in medicine was how to maintain this vital cold chain from insulin production laboratory all the way into the patient’s home.

    “Since the mid-1980s, companies like ours have been working very hard to pioneer new insulated packaging solutions and adapt them to insulin transport, extending all the way to dispensing chemists and even end-users to avoid any breaks in the cold chain,” said Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “The stakes are high, as it only needs two minutes at room temperature for a heat sensitive treatment to exceed safe temperature without it necessarily being detectable on the product. Insulated or refrigerated packaging solutions are essential to conserve the treatment properties of insulin. Health professionals must therefore take care to protect heat sensitive medication at all levels of the cold chain, especially when delivering the medication to the patient,” she added.

    Innovative solutions

    One of Sofrigam’s most recent innovations is the Nomad cooling packaging line, purpose-designed for the transport of heat sensitive pharmaceutical products such as insulin by healthcare workers and patients. The Nomad line includes a refrigerated soft pouch to transport vaccines from dispensary to the patients’ home, preserving insulin and other heat-sensitive products for up to two hours at below +8°C, even without any cooling media.

    Sofrigam has also developed new types of case to transport small batches of heat-sensitive medicines over “last mile” links in the cold chain, including Plasibox®, a rigid plastic icebox that is practical, easy to use, and robust and Textibox®, a rigid textile icebox that combines the thermal performances of an icebox with the ease of handling of a flexible insulated bag.

    These insulated packaging solutions can be used with or without added cold sources such as cooling gel packs.

    “The Nomad packaging range allows patients to transport their insulin in a pouch or in a vaccine cooler bag, from the dispensing chemist to their home, or when they are travelling,” Perche explained.

    “Insulin can be kept for up to two hours using the Slim pouch, and up to 16 hours using the Thermotrousse cooling bag. Adding gel packs inside the packaging may be required, especially if the insulin has already been prepared in an injector pen, or in very hot weather.”

    “Freezing insulin should, however, be avoided,” Perche cautioned. “To achieve this, the patient can keep the gel pack in the refrigerator before use. Flat gel packs can be placed inside heat insulated pouches if they are not in direct contact with the product.”

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Sofrigam partners with Ater Métrologie, a French-based ISTA and ISO 9001 certified laboratory that specializes in testing, validating and pre-qualifying temperature-controlled packaging and cooling systems. The laboratory carries out some 2,000 tests each year.

    Media Contact

    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director, Sofrigam SA
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: marketing@sofrigam.com

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    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
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    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
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    Thermo-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals Form Hottest Growth Sector of Global Medicines Market

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    Thermo-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals Form Hottest Growth Sector of Global Medicines Market

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    JANUARY 29, 2014

    Thermo-Sensitive Pharmaceuticals Form Hottest Growth Sector of Global Medicines Market

    Cedex, France: – The medicine market is enjoying strong growth, led by increased sales of a new generation of heat-sensitive products whose medicinal properties must be preserved with temperature control.

    The trend is confirmed by figures just released by the French-based French cold chain shipping specialist Sofrigam S.A., which is a global leader in temperature-controlled logistics.

    Sofrigam has collated figures that indicate the worldwide market of thermo-sensitive pharmaceuticals is now set to pass one billion dollars during 2014, a near 20 per cent increase since 2012, when it was valued at $880m and a 400 per cent increase over the past decade.

    Sofrigam research also reveals:
    • The main consumers of thermally sensitive medicines and biopharmaceuticals are North America and Europe, which together account for more than 60 per cent of the global market.
    • The United States is the single greatest consumer of medicines with 38% of the global market.
    • Germany and France dominate the European market, together accounting for 18% of global total for cool-chain products.

    These figures can be set against the background of an overall pharmaceutical industry that has shown consistent six percent annual growth.

    Sofrigam says this overall growth can be explained by the increase in the number of people suffering from diseases and health issues such as:
    • Diabetes: there are 171 million diabetics in the world, and this figure should double by 2030.
    • Obesity: 1.4 billion people are obese and this figure should reach 3.3 billion by 2030.
    • Cancer: One woman in 20 has breast cancer, while one man in 12 has some form of cancer.
    • Alzheimer’s: 18 million people suffer from Alzheimer’s, expected to reach 35 million by 2025.

    Sofrigam says: “As treatments are developed for these growing illnesses, the market share of heat-sensitive medicines will also grow, for several reasons: pharmaceutical lab mergers and acquisitions, development of R&D departments, the proportion of existing patents (40 to 60 per cent) entering the public domain, strong growth of the global generic market, increasing availability for patients of targeted products developed by biotechnology.”

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    These overall trends are likely to increase the need for temperature-controlled packaging solutions for shipping heat-sensitive medicines, says Sofrigam.

    “On the one hand, pharmaceutical companies must choose high-performance cold chain packaging that guarantees the medicinal properties of the products shipped, like our Frizbox® temperature-controlled pallet shipper that guarantees cold chain integrity for shipping large volumes all over the world,” according to Sofrigam Marketing Director, Laetitia Perche.

    “On the other hand, it will impose new responsibilities on pharmaceutical companies to inform patients and equip them for safe transportation of their heat-sensitive medicines,” says Ms. Perche.

    For these individual transport needs, Sofrigam has now developed its new Nomad® range of insulated pouches cooling bags and sachets.

    About Sofrigam

    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customized products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    Contact
    Sofrigam S.A
    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: marketing@sofrigam.com

    For more information about temperature-controlled packaging solutions for shipping heat-sensitive medicines, please contact Sofrigam directly.

    Sofrigam bringing New Thermal Science to Cool Chain Europe 2014

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    Sofrigam bringing New Thermal Science to Cool Chain Europe 2014

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: Sofrigam bringing New Thermal Science to Cool Chain Europe 2014
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    JANUARY 15, 2014

    Sofrigam bringing New Thermal Science to Cool Chain Europe 2014

    Luxembourg: – Gilles Labranque, Chief Executive of French cold chain shipping specialist Sofrigam S.A., will bring new insights on key scientific advances in thermal controlled logistics to this month’s Cool Chain Europe conference.

    M. Labranque, who is also chairman of Sofrigam, will present a Day Two conference session on ‘Using Science to Improve Future Cold Chain Shipping Solutions’ that will explore a total engineering systems approach to temperature controlled shipments. This will include recent pioneering work on developing new computer modelling software to support a continuous improvement system, reduce time-to-market and increase container efficiency.

    The session will also hear from Frédéric Kuznik, Researcher at the Lyon Thermal Sciences Centre (CETHIL), which is a Sofrigam Research Partner.

    Sofrigam has become a regular exhibitor at Cool Chain Europe, it is a key event for the international logistics, pharma and biotech industries. Gilles Labranque said he had important messages to bring to the 2014 event, which will take place in Luxembourg on January 27-29.

    “Each year, pharma and biotech companies ship millions of thermo-sensitive products that are very expensive and very sensitive to temperature fluctuations,” said M. Labranque.

    Scientific Approach
    “Not only do they need the best cold chain packaging to ensure that the products are shipped safely but they also need to be aware of the importance of finding solutions that are correctly adapted to their logistics constraints.

    “The best value solution is not necessarily the one with the lowest price but the one that works best within the logistics system being used. The major costs in temperature controlled shipping are not the packaging so much as the handling time and complexity involved and the penalties of failure when temperature control fails,” M. Labranque noted.

    “That is why a more scientific and engineered approach to cold chain logistics is long overdue,” the Sofrigam CEO added.

    Sofrigam will exhibit the iBox, its new insulated cold chain shipping container, as well as a range of other pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions and cold chain packaging, including some previews of products scheduled for release during 2014.

    It will be exhibiting at Cool Chain Europe in collaboration with its strategic partner Coolkeepers LLC, headquartered in Thomasville, Georgia, USA.

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging, including pre-qualified insulated shipping solutions. The company is headquartered in Ile-de-France with a production site at Arras.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists, sharing its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customised products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively compliant.

    About Cool Chain Europe
    Cool Chain Europe is the continent’s most prestigious event targeted at providers and users of temperature-controlled logistics in general and pharmaceutical and biotech companies in particular.

    The event was founded in 2001 by the Pharma IQ division of the global events company IQPC, attracting just 30 participants and three sponsors. Today, the annual event attracts more than 400 delegates, with some 50 exhibiting and sponsoring companies, making it Europe’s largest cold chain event.

    Gilles Labranque will be one of more than 40 featured speakers at Cool Chain Europe 2014, which is being hosted in partnership with the Luxembourg Government at the Luxexpo Centre in the Kircher district of Luxembourg City.

    A major focus of the conference will be the EU Guidelines on Good Distribution Practice (GDP) of Medicinal Products for Human Use (2013/C 68/01) that was introduced in March 2013 with full implementation over the final quarter of 2013.

    Contact
    Sofrigam S.A
    Laetitia Perche, Marketing Director
    Tel: +33 (0) 1 46 69 85 43
    Email: marketing@sofrigam.com

    For more information about Sofrigam bringing new thermal science to Cool Chain Europe 2014, please contact Sofrigam directly.

    UN3373 Raises Stakes for Biological Substance Shipping

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    UN3373 Raises Stakes for Biological Substance Shipping

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: UN3373 Raises Stakes for Biological Substance Shipping
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    DECEMBER 23, 2013

    UN3373 Raises Stakes for Biological Substance Shipping

    Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France: – The development of UN3373 shipping regulations for Category B biological research materials has raised a new level of complexity for the many pharmaceutical laboratories, healthcare establishments, diagnostic laboratories and research centres that all transport thousands of human and animal samples each year.

    French cold chain shipping specialist Sofrigam S.A. has developed an easy-to-use shipper’s guide to UN3373 and offers a series of solutions that make compliance easier than ever before for shipping by road, rail or air.

    UN3373 Explained
    Transport of biological samples by air must comply with International Air Transport Association (IATA) regulations while transport by road is covered by the European agreement on international road transport of hazardous goods (ADR). In either case, shipping of infectious samples must comply with the UNO-developed guidelines included in UN2814 and UN2900, while non-infections Category B materials are covered by UN3373.

    To comply with UN3373, packaging must be composed of three layers:
    • A preliminary sealed packaging (recipient) that contains the actual material being transported.
    • A secondary packaging, strong and sealed, that makes it possible to protect one or more primary recipients surrounded by sufficient absorbent material to absorb all the liquid in the event of a leak.
    • An outer packaging used to protect its contents and guarantee the cold chain where necessary.

    Each primary consignment must not exceed 1 litre for liquids, or 1 kg for solids. The maximum quantity of category B biological matter transported in a parcel is four litres or four kg. The parcel must be correctly marked, labelled and accompanied by the transport documents.

    A pre-qualified insulated shipping packaging is essential for heat sensitive samples. Heat sensitive samples must be transported strictly compliant with the cold chain, to preserve their effectiveness. Depending on their stability, they are transported at between +2 and +8°C (or even +2 and +4°C) or below -18°C.

    Laboratories, depositories and CROs use heat insulated packaging. During home care, qualified heat insulated bags are used to transport the product. On the return, the samples (blood, skin, etc.) are transported in UN3373 heat insulated packaging, from the place the sample was taken (hospital or laboratory) to the analysis laboratories.

    UN3373-Friendly Systems
    Sofrigam has recently developed a line of UN3373 temperature-controlled packaging for the safe transport of clinical trials.

    Chief among these, its Clinibox® packaging line guarantees the safe, temperature controlled transport of clinical trials (clinical samples, diagnosis samples or category B biological materials). It both guarantees compliance with applicable regulations covering the transport of hazardous goods (IATA and ADR) and compliance with the cold chain. The cold chain packaging is tested and qualified by Sofrigam’s partner, the Ater Métrologie laboratory – using the ISTA 7E profile for thermal performances, and a minimum height of 1.2 m for the drop impact test.

    These UN3373 transport kits are composed of VIAL 650 pouches and a heat insulated box. The VIAL 650 pouch (secondary packaging) is certified 95 kPa by an IATA approved laboratory. It is divided into several separate compartments that contain a sufficient quantity of absorbent material and in which the tubes are placed directly. It thus complies with the tube separation requirement and the requirement for protection from leaks. As for the heat-insulated box (external packaging), it is manufactured using rigid polyurethane panels and cooled using cooling gel packs.

    Clinibox® variants accommodate consignments varying from less than five tubes to as many as 25 vials at temperatures below -18°C for up to 72 hours with gel cooling and up to 96 hours, using dry ice.

    Sofrigam says it can also produce UN3373-compliant temperature-controlled packaging to individual dimensions, depending on detailed customer requirements.

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specialising in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging.

    Sofrigam offers solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customised services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists. The company shares its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customised products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively meet specific requirements.

    Sofrigam is headquartered in Ile-de-Franc with a production site at Arras in Northern France.

    For more information about UN3373 raises stakes for biological substance shipping, please contact Sofrigam directly.

    Innovative Container Solves Pharma Challenge – Cool Chain Shipping by Air

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    Innovative Container Solves Pharma Challenge – Cool Chain Shipping by Air

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: Innovative Container Solves Pharma Challenge – Cool Chain Shipping by Air
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    NOVEMBER 20, 2013

    Innovative Container Solves Pharma Challenge – Cool Chain Shipping by Air

    Cedex, France: – French cold chain shipping specialist Sofrigam S.A. says it has managed to overcome one of the most difficult challenges confronting pharmaceutical and biotech companies – the transport of temperature sensitive products and supplies via air cargo.

    Sofrigam has purpose-engineered a version of its innovative Frizbox® Pallet Shipper to optimise it for air transport.

    The market for cool chain distribution has expanded markedly in recent years with the advent of more specialised biotech and genetic consignments that must obey strict temperature requirements and be shipped quickly and effectively all over the world.

    Pharma and biotechnology companies have long wanted to use air cargo for the distribution of highly temperature-sensitive products, to take advantage of its greater speed, security and safety.

    Challenges
    However, this has been made problematic by a range of particular challenges.

    • Compliance with cold chain safety standards set by regulatory bodies such as FDA, AFNOR, ISTA, etc.
    • Difficulties and delay in packaging and handling
    • Optimisation of volumes shipped by air to limit carbon footprint

    Sofrigam cold chain specialist engineer Abbes Kacimi says air cargo presents a particularly challenging environment for heat sensitive consignments.

    “The logistics circuit for this means of transport is characterised by specific open or closed, hot or cold, segments such as the runway, transit and passage through customs. This circuit requires a reliable, stand-alone resource without any external energy sources, that can maintain the products within the required temperature range,” M. Kacimi explained.

    Purpose-Designed Solution
    Now Sofrigam has designed a pre-qualified insulated shipping packaging that is much bigger than that usually used. The Frizbox® Pallet Shipper corresponds to one quarter of an aircraft pallet, and makes it possible to load a European or US standard pallet directly into the container.

    With interior volume of up to 2,000 litres, this insulated container can keeps products at controlled temperature between +2°C and +8°C, or +15°C and +25°C. All cooling is provided by gel packs inside the packaging, guaranteeing autonomy and temperature control for as much as ten days.

    “This air cargo optimised version of the Frizbox concept provides a flexible, simple and economic solution for cool shipping by aircraft. It makes it possible to ship small and large volumes safely and cost effectively while complying with all international standards,” says M. Kacimi.

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam S.A. designs and manufactures cool chain shipping solutions and insulated boxes for the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries as well as for distribution and logistics companies.

    The company was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist and initially developed eutectic painkillers before specialising in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging.

    Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customised services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistics.

    Sofrigam has become one of Europe’s leading cold chain specialists. The company shares its expertise via seminars, publications and R&D collaborations. It also offers customised products and services designed to achieve cold logistics that are secure, cost-effective and comprehensively meet specific requirements.

    Sofrigam is headquartered in Ile-de-Franc with a production site at Arras in Northern France.

    For more information about cool chain shipping solutions please contact Sofrigam directly.

    Sofrigam Official Sponsors of The Cold Chain Days

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    Sofrigam Official Sponsors of The Cold Chain Days

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: Sofrigam Official Sponsors of The Cold Chain Days
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    MARCH 26, 2013

    Sofrigam Official Sponsors of The Cold Chain Days

    Sofrigam, the specialist designer and manufacturer of insulated and refrigerated packaging for the pharmaceutical industry was official sponsor of The Association Française du Froid (AFF) and the Société française des sciences et techniques pharmaceutiques (SFSTP) organised Cold Chain Days event held at the Ecole Normale Supérieure of Lyon in November.

    The 3rd edition of the event, hosted official organizations alongside professionals from the pharmaceutical, refrigeration, transport, logistics and packaging worlds and allowed open discussions on the work carried out on the cold chain dynamics as applied to health products and on new outlooks for this field.

    Sofrigam’s CEO, member of the AFF/SFSTP scientific community and chairman of the Health Product Sustainable Development and cold chain committee, Gilles Labranque co-presented the morning of the 22nd November dedicated to sustainable development and the carbon footprint of heat-sensitive health products.

    Speaking regarding the success of the event, Gilles Labranque commented: “This event was very successful it allowed us to showcase our new insulated packaging solutions for the cold chain transport of your pharmaceutical products.”

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist. The company developed a range of eutectic painkiller doses before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging. Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistic.

    For more information or to discuss the Cold Chain Days exhibition please contact us directly.

    Sofrigam’s Brand New Innovation Shortlisted by the Grands Prix du Froid

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    Sofrigam’s Brand New Innovation Shortlisted by the Grands Prix du Froid

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    Supplier Press Release: Sofrigam’s Brand New Innovation Shortlisted by the Grands Prix du Froid
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    MARCH 22, 2013

    Sofrigam’s Brand New Innovation Shortlisted by the Grands Prix du Froid

    Sofrigam, the European leader in refrigerant packaging has participated in the prestigious Grand Prix du Froid 2012. Competing in the ‘Best Packaging Innovation’ and Small Containers’ category, the awards recognise innovation within the refrigeration industry (manufacturers, fitters and users).

    Sofrigam submitted innovation which involved 2 years of research by its R&D team was shortlisted from the 33 entries presented to the judging panel. The brand new concept consists of an innovation that closes off refrigerating packaging with a lock, speeding up packaging time and ensuring security in transit. This new closure system ensures packaging remains sealed and solves the many issues associated with cold chain transit, including security, productivity and temperature maintenance of sensitive products. The quick locking systems will optimise package fill while ensuring products are transported in total security.

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist. The company developed a range of eutectic painkiller doses before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging. Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistic.

    About Grands Prix du Froid
    Held annually, the Grands Prix du Froid rewards the talent businesses and encourages innovation. The networking event unites those most influential in the cold chain transit industry. This year the awards attracted 33 applications, 12 jurors professional 17 nominees, 1050 votes, 10 winners and 200 guests.

    After weeks of voting online on the website of Cold Chain Forum six categories were awarded and three special prizes were presented.

    For more information or to discuss Sofrigam’s brand new innovation please contact us directly.

    Sofrigam Make First Steps into US Market

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    Sofrigam Make First Steps into US Market

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    Supplier Press Release: Sofrigam Make First Steps into US Market
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    OCTOBER 22, 2012

    Sofrigam Make First Steps into US Market

    Sofrigam, the specialist designer and manufacturer of insulated and refrigerated packaging for the pharmaceutical industry, has shown commitment to expanding into new territories by attending two of the largest trade shows across Europe and USA.

    As part of its concerted effort to expand into new territories, Sofrigam was the offical sponsor at the Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum. The 10th annual global event, organised by IQPC was held in Chicago on 26th-27th September. During the show, Sofrigam exhibited its top products; the Pallet Shipper XXL, its range of VIP cooling packs and its new packaging ranges; Clinbox, temperature-controlled containers designed for the transport of clinical trials and the Nomad and cooling bags for the transport health products and patients. In addition, Sofrigam’s US Vice President, Chris Day took to the stage and lead the conference on 26th September with a talk entitled, From Pallet Shipper to Logistics Tool: Total cost Analysis of Bulk Shippers.

    In October, the company exhibited at the US organized conference, PDA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management & Good Distribution Practice in Berlin. During the two day event, Sofrigam welcomed visitors to its stand and presented its insulated packaging solutions for the transport of pharmaceutical products under temperature controlled conditions.

    Both shows have proved a success for Sofrigam and they will look to take part in further events throughout the US. Christopher Day, vice president said “By taking part in these specialist trade shows, we are able to reach new markets and establish new relationships. We are currently amongst the leaders in the European packaging market, have a subsidiary in Canada and an established distribution network in Australia so, we see the US market as the next logical step in building on Sofrigam’s success. Our products were very well received at both events and we look forward to following up the contacts we made.”

    About Sofrigam
    French company, Sofrigam was founded in 1979 by an industrial pharmacist. The company developed a range of eutectic painkiller doses before specializing in the design and manufacture of insulated and refrigerated packaging. Sofrigam offer solutions for the cold chain consignment problems experienced by the pharmaceutical industry. It offers a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customized services designed to achieve a secure, cost effective and ecological cold chain logistic.

    About IQPC Cold Chain & Temperature Management Global Forum
    The 10th Annual Cold Chain & Temperature Control Global Forum will examine the modern cold chain – including all temperature range products and their regulatory requirements – as well as evolving sectors such as Medical Devices & Diagnostics, Generics, APIs, Clinical and Biologics and cell therapies.

    About PDA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management & Good Distribution Practice Conference
    The 2012 Pharmaceutical Cold Chain & Good Distribution Practice Conference will provide guidance on the handling and distribution of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals as it relates to patient safety and product integrity.

    Contact:
    Christopher Day
    Vice-President US
    Sofrigam S.A
    Mobile: (847) 343-4936
    E-mail: chris.day@sofrigam.com
    www.sofrigam.com

    For more information or to discuss Sofrigam in the US market please contact us directly.

    A New Warehouse Storage Building for Sofrigam

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    A New Warehouse Storage Building for Sofrigam

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    Supplier Press Release: A New Warehouse Storage Building for Sofrigam
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    22 AUGUST 2012

    A New Warehouse Storage Building for Sofrigam

    Sofrigam have built a new 3,000m² warehouse for the storage of finished products and raw materials. The new building is located at their current site in the Artoiple industrial estate at Monchy-le-Preux in the north of France.

    The new building will allow Sofrigam to develop its just-in-time delivery service to manage the ever increasing safety stocks for its customers.

    In compliance with Sofrigam’s environmental policies, this warehouse is fitted with a wind turbine which will supply the equivalent of the office electricity consumption for 8 to 9 months, low consumption lighting and a tank for the collection of rainwater for the toilets. Resolutely green, the cladding of this new building was built exclusively using wood, and the building was equipped with high performance insulation, the same that we use in our packing: polyurethane.

    About Sofrigam
    Sofrigam designs and qualifies industrial insulated and refrigerated packaging solutions enabling the transport of heat sensitive products (chilled or frozen) in non-refrigerated vehicles. We offer our clients a range of standard and made-to-measure cooling packaging products as well as customised services designed to achieve a secure, cost-effective and ecological cold chain logistic which meets your requirements.

    For more information or to discuss the new warehouse storage building for Sofrigam please contact us directly.

    Sofrigam Partner with ModusLink for Warehousing, Fulfilment and Transportation Services

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    Supplier Press Release: Sofrigam Partner with ModusLink for Warehousing, Fulfilment and Transportation Services
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    21 AUGUST 2012

    Sofrigam Partner with ModusLink for Warehousing, Fulfilment and Transportation Services

    Sofrigam have completed an agreement with ModusLink Global Solutions™ Inc. (MLINK) to provide key warehousing, fulfilment and transportation services for Sofrigam’s world-class pharmaceutical cold chain packaging products.

    This new venture means Sofrigam’s insulated boxes will be in a total of 30 warehouses and fulfilment sites in 15 countries. Sofrigam can now locate their refrigerant packaging closer to key customer operation and manage more frequent inventory call offs in line with customer demand. Refrigerant containers and packaging materials are manufactured and tested to ISO quality standards in Sofrigam’s facilities in Europe and North America.

    Christopher Day, vice president, North America, Sofrigam said “In our industry, value is added through sophisticated design and manufacturing. Global distribution is a must, but it doesn’t make economic sense for us to do it ourselves. This partnership will give us flexibility to position inventory to best serve our customers throughout the world and will quickly enable the global expansion of our business as the market for temperature-sensitive shipping materials continues to grow.”

    “Sofrigam needed a highly reliable supply chain provider to manage complex international distribution and logistics for their pharmaceutical customers,” said Thomas Nightingale, president, sales and marketing, ModusLink. “Our worldwide operations network is unified with a strong systems infrastructure and Lean Sigma-based operations that ensure the consistency and efficiency of our distribution services and is a perfect match for Sofrigam and other clients looking to expand their business globally.”

    Through its network of carriers, ModusLink delivers to 140 countries from 30 solution centers worldwide, all connected by a single technology infrastructure.

    “In our industry, value is added through sophisticated design and manufacturing. Global distribution is a must, but it doesn’t make economic sense for us to do it ourselves” said Christopher Day.

    About Sofrigam
    Founded in 1979, Sofrigam is the oldest and largest pharmaceutical cold chain packaging company in Europe. Headquartered outside Paris, France, and manufacturing on multiple continents, Sofrigam provides a full range of custom and pre-qualified temperature controlled packaging solutions to the biopharmaceutical and premium food markets. Known for its technical expertise and new product innovations, Sofrigam’s products range from individual pouches and bags for patients to transport their life-saving medications to full pallet systems used by global biopharmaceutical companies for exporting their products around the world. The new Frizbox® XXL is the only pallet shipper whose payload fits one full US-size pallet of product loaded by forklift, while its exterior footprint fits exactly four to an airline pallet. With its recently completed expansion, Sofrigam’s laboratory, design and manufacturing facility in Monchy-le-Preux, France is the largest facility in the world dedicated solely to temperature controlled packaging.

    About ModusLink Global Solutions
    ModusLink Global Solutions Inc. designs and executes global supply chain strategies to solve clients’ cost, time-to-market, customer satisfaction and revenue objectives. Our supply chain, aftermarket, e-Business and entitlement management solutions support the end-to-end product lifecycles of the world’s leading companies. ModusLink has more than 25 years of experience executing complex supply chain processes such as sourcing, configuration and fulfilment. We can manage these critical functions seamlessly with a client’s global e-Business initiative or an integrated aftermarket program, including alternative channel recovery for at-risk inventory. Backed by a footprint of more than 30 Solution Centers in 15 countries, ModusLink clients can react quickly to shifting market dynamics impacting value chain performance and revenues.

    For more information or to discuss Sofrigam partner with ModusLink for warehousing, fulfilment and transportation services please contact us directly.

    Insulin Transportation – Cooler Bags

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    Insulin Transportation – Cooler Bags

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    Supplier Press Release: Insulin Transportation – Cooler Bags
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    02 AUGUST 2012

    Insulin Transportation – Cooler Bags

    Sofrigam fully understands the importance of the preservation of insulin and therefore provides solutions to protect insulin in transportation. The preservation of insulin is one of the major preoccupations for patients, as it is for the distributors and dispensing chemists.

    Insulin Cooler Bags
    Sofrigam offers insulin travel bags for safe insulin transportation from laboratories to distributors, wholesalers or chemists. Sofrigam supplies various ranges of heat insulated packaging to accommodate the volume of products to be shipped and the travel time.

    Insulin Cooler Pouch – Coolvax
    Sofrigam also offers the Coolvax which is a cooler pouch that can be purchased directly from us and is for use by diabetics to preserve their insulin at between +2°C and +8°C on transportation from the chemists to home or for short travel trips. The cooler pouches are available in various sizes and preserve the insulin from 30 minutes to 2 hours. For larger volumes of insulin or for longer travel times, then the Thermotousse or Sofribag packaging should be used. These bags are reusable and just need to be disinfected after each use, no further maintenance is required.

    Insulin must be stored and transported with care as it is susceptible to factors such as excessive heat and freezing. As insulin is a heat sensitive product it needs to kept within in a safe and controlled range of temperatures. Therefore there should be no temperature variations in order to guarantee the effectiveness of the treatment. Insulin must not reach the critical +8°C or drop below +2°C, if this occurs the insulin deteriorates it is therefore critical to ensure the insulin is kept at the same temperature throughout transportation.

    From the moment the insulin is prepared in the injector pen, it can be kept at room temperature for a short time before use (up to about +20°C). However it must never be subjected to major temperature fluctuations or be exposed to heat. In summer it may be necessary to use heat insulated packaging with a gel pack to maintain the correct temperature.

    To avoid freezing, the gel must be used correctly for example, it is better to keep it in the refrigerator before use rather than the freezer.

    Sofrigam’s insulin cooler bags have two pouches which are used for gel packs which are quite slim and do not come into direct contact with the product. This keeps the insulin cool when outside temperatures are high, without the risk of freezing.

    The incorrect preservation of insulin can make the treatment ineffective. It is strongly recommended not to use an insulin injector pen that has been exposed to heat or been frozen (through incorrect use of a refrigerating gel for example). Insulated or refrigerant packing is essential for preserving all the therapeutic properties of the treatment.

    For more information or to discuss insulin transportation cooler bags please contact us directly.

    Insulated and Refrigerated Boxes

    Press Release – Sofrigam S.A
    Insulated and Refrigerated Boxes

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: Insulated and Refrigerated Boxes
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    26 OCTOBER 2011

    Insulated and Refrigerated Boxes

    The objective of the following article is to show the advantages of utilising a well-defined set of specifications determined by the customer who is looking for an insulated or refrigerated box. Firstly, the article will explain the disadvantages of not having a complete set of specifications. The article will then set out the minimum information required in regards to developing a refrigerated box.

    Advantages of Specifications
    The lack of certain features can dissuade a customer from making the purchase of a new piece of equipment. When it comes to consumer goods, research is carried out in respect to what is expected of a target product, then a set of specifications are drawn up which set out the necessary features the new product must have. This will enable the product to reach the broadest possible public target.

    When developing a insulated or refrigerated box specifically for a customer the situation alters. Before the initiation of design work on the actual product, the customer must first specify what is required. The two main advantages of using a defined set of specifications established by the customer are:

    • It shows that the requirements have been described and eluciated internally prior to contacting the supplier. Incorporating different departments such as logistics, quality and purchasing is highly advocated. This will enable the requirements of each department to identified and discussed in the event of non-compatibility.

    • It will provide direction to the supplier. Delays and questions will be avoided because the requirements will have been deliberated beforehand.

    In the case of insulated and refrigerated boxes, these products are occasionally a new concept to customers. By drawing up a set of specifications the customer can be established a link with the supplier thus initiating a partnership. The supplier can draw on their experience to help set out the requirements of the customer and identify any specific features which are unachievable, since either they are not technically feasible or because certain criteria are not compatible i.e. cost and deadline, compliance with quality.

    Subject to the reactivity of each party, the amount of time required could vary. However, it is necessary to agree on the definitive set of specifications and initiate the development of the final product.

    A product will not satisfy expectations if the set of specifications is inadequate. Further to this, it could result in a failure to meet the initial deadline and provisional cost if the requirements are altered during the development phase of the product.

    Inadequately Defined Specifications
    The supplier is best placed in regards to whether the expected specific criteria are attainable. The most frequent causes of problems are:
    • Technical incompatibility: the product did not meet expectations due to the desired technical specifications.

    • Inconsistency between criteria: the desire to have a multi-functional product which is highly efficient even under tough conditions at the same time, or an innovative product made available in short period of time.

    The above cases require an agreement between the supplier and the customer to identify which criteria are non-negotiable. This will put the supplier on the right track in terms of product development and will make sure that they fully comprehend the client’s requirements. Alternative solutions can be found in many cases in regards to cost, deadlines and quality.

    In reality, these three concepts are closely related: altering the details for one of the criteria indicates altering direction on the other two as well. Many times when the customers requests for an increase in ‘quality’ they will also request for a reduction in the ‘deadline’ and ‘cost’.
    Even though new designs originate from existing products, time for development will still be required so that they can be adapted. Tests are necessary in order to check that the solution is reliable. The tests have monetary costs and will add additional time.

    Minimum Specification for Developing a Refrigerated Box
    With the purpose of assisting both regular and occasional customers, the following list of minimum information to be supplied in order to produce the best solution from a performance perspective:
    • The temperature range for products to be transported
    • The number of products to be placed inside the box and the unit dimensions
    • The temperature profile(s) to which the box will be exposed and the period of use

    Examples for the latter criterion already exist in various guides (ISTA, C3, and so on) or standards (Afnor NF S 99-700). Although validation of the actual box in question is advocated because the examples do not mirror the logistical chain of the customers.

    The minimum information is not sufficient to ensure that the optimum solution will be achieved for a given customer. Actually it is possible to develop various types of boxes that meet all three criteria. The most appropriate will be the one that achieves the requirements of the following departments:
    • Quality – the requirement for a solution that is efficient under all conditions
    • Order preparation – the requirement for a box that is ergonomic and simple for employees to prepare
    • Logistics – the requirement for a box which is characterised by an optimum volume and weight
    • Purchasing – the requirement for a cost-effective box in order to achieve a given budget

    The above list is not exhaustive. When the specifications are not properly clarified, the supplier can often find themselves asking: which criteria have first priority? The decision of the supplier will no longer match the requirements of the customer. Therefore, the risk of presenting a noncompliant solution can result in a misunderstanding between the customer and supplier.

    For instance it is a common request for a single set-up refrigerated box that is able to provide efficiency all year round. This provides a solution to the problem of changing box preparation inaccordance with the season. These types of criterion often come from the validation or quality department. This type of option however is more difficult to implement from the perspective of the order preparation or logistics departments. This option requires thorough organisation and involves approximating the set-up casts at an early stage: space required for storing packages, chilling and freezing equipment, forecasting peak times etc. Further to this, supplying larger packages involves additional costs that need to be considered at the beginning of the project.

    A single set-up option is more costly from a purchasing perspective because it involves additional inner elements compared to a multi set-up option. The purchasing product is restricted to a budget. Consequently, to meet a given criterion it is possible that less priority is given to another one. Which criterion should be give less/more priority and why? The customer is accountable in regards to prioritising.

    At this point the initial request formulated and authorized in the form of specification, can be utilised to re-instate a dialogue between the two parties and confirm that the original goal is being adhered to.

    Conclusion
    The specifications are particular to each individual customer. The specifications emerge from the preparations of a specific strategy individual to each customer. When a strategy is created in advance alongside the various departments involved (purchasing, logistics, quality etc.), the need of all parties can be prioritised. The specifications are vital and can be employed to aid the supplier in regards to developing the solution that is most appropriate. The supplier can draw from their experience in the field to provide support and assistance in drawing up the specifications if needed. Discussions from the start can be advantageous in terms of forging a partnership and determining the requirements of both sides so as to build up confidence between both sides. To form a suitable set of specifications, discussions both internally and with the supplier are required. Prioritising discussions before the commencement of the project will not only save time but also build a stronger relationship between the supplier and customer. To discuss our insulated and refrigerated boxes or any other refrigerated solution contact us directly.

    Refrigerated Vehicles and Refrigerated Packaging

    Press Release – Sofrigam S.A
    Refrigerated Vehicles and Refrigerated Packaging

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    Contact Supplier: Sofrigam S.A
    Supplier Press Release: Refrigerated Vehicles and Refrigerated Packaging
    Address: 212 avenue Paul Doumer, 92508 Rueil Malmaison, Cedex, France
    Tel: +33 (1) 46 69 85 00
    Fax: +33 (1) 47 25 98 44
    Website: www.sofrigam.com

    26 OCTOBER 2011

    Refrigerated Vehicles and Refrigerated Packaging

    Refrigerated vehicles and refrigerated packaging requirements in respect to the logistics and transport of health products under controlled temperature are continually rising. The escalation of requirements is caused by the increasingly stricter regulations and continuous controls of refrigerated vehicles and refrigerated packaging upon cool chain quality. Suppliers of equipment, distributors, service providers and pharmaceutical companies are motivated to constantly improve and to work hard in order to meet the expectations and statutory requirements in addition to safeguarding patient safety within refrigerated vehicles and with actual refrigerated packaging.

    Two solutions have been put forward to transport health products, both refrigerated and frozen under controlled temperature – refrigerated vehicles or insulated packaging. The user, presented with above two solutions will have to decide which one is most compatible to transport temperature-sensitive products. The main factors that come into play when determining the correct option are:

    • Cost
    • Impact on environment
    • Temperature profile
    • Distribution and logistics circuit
    • Volume of products to be sent
    • Temperature range of products
    • Qualification and validation of the solution

    The above parameters will now be examined to determine their importance in the selection of a solution in regards to the requirements of the cool chain for transporting temperature-controlled products.

    Distribution & Logistics Circuit of Medicines
    Two types of distribution circuit for human medicines can be identified. To start with, the medicines are transported from the manufacturer’s laboratory to a distribution site belonging to the laboratory or a pharmaceutical agent. Within the hospital circuit, the medicines are then distributed to public or private hospitals. They are sent directly or through a trading group or a wholesale distributor. For the official circuit, the medicines are allocated to retail pharmacies through a wholesale distributor or occasionally directly.

    Temperature-controlled transportation or refrigerated vehicles can be arranged from the shipper’s site to the consignees’, directly or using hubs, where sorting is carried out by the grouping and grouping packs. In this situation, packs are transported from the shipper’s site the nearest sorting hubs, from where they are arranged by cosignees’ to geographical zones. The packs are then transported to the ungrouping hubs.

    If the transportation process involves refrigerated packaging to be transported by air, packs pass through sorting hubs at airports. Although if transportation is done using static refrigerated packaging, the hubs are not refrigerated – they remain at ambient temperatures (as is the case in international shipping and national distribution over long distances). The hubs must be refrigerated if the transportation is carried out under refrigerated conditions. The distribution and logistics circuit enables an initial choice between both solutions. The use of refrigerated vehicles (generally complete or incomplete) can be modified in the following cases:

    • From the manufacturer’s laboratory to the distribution site (normally by full truck)
    • In the case of group transport (by full are almost full vehicle), loading and unloading zones and hubs must also be refrigerated to circumvent any break in the cool chain.

    Insulated refrigerated packaging for very low temperature shipping, refrigerated by eutectic gel packs or by dry ice to preserve an environment below 30°C, are employed in specific cases, including logistics circuits that include an air transport leg (international shipping and national shipping for long distances), or in the situation where hubs and zones of loading and unloading are not refrigerated. In markedly complex cases, both solutions are combined to ensure the consistency of the cool chain.

    Volume to be Sent
    Once both solutions can safeguard the necessary temperature range of the products for the specified logistics circuit, the volume of products to be shipped will be the pivotal parameter employed to select the shipping method. The volume parameter has the largest influence in terms of the cost of temperature-controlled transportation than any other.

    If the quantity of products does not justify the utilisation of a refrigerated vehicle then refrigerated packaging will be vital. The relocation of heat-sensitive pharmaceutical products from the manufacturer’s laboratory to storage or the distribution site is usually made by a refrigerated vehicle since several temperature sensitive products for several final consignees can be grouped together easily.

    Temperature Range
    The priority of a particular solution can change in accordance with the temperature range of products. Insulated boxes refrigerated by dry ice are employed for very low temperatures (below -30°C). Refrigerated boxes with specific configuration or air-conditioned vehicles are required for products between 15 and 25°C. The accepted tolerances (excursions) outside the temperature range of the transported product can play a pivotal factor when selecting the solution. The manufacturer laboratory stipulates the tolerances subsequent to carrying out stability tests on the product. Accepted tolerances enable the selection of a solution with excursions, for simplicity or for decreased cost. This way, a complex or costly solution without excursions can be averted.

    For instance, for temperatures between 2 and 8°C, if the lowest and highest tolerated temperature limits for the product are 1 and 9°C respectively, the user will have to make the decision between refrigerated packaging qualified between 1 and 9°C, with a simple configuration, or alternative refrigerated packaging qualified between 2 and 8°C, with a complicated configuration (weightier, bigger and more costly). The tolerances specified enable the choice of the former option which is easier and less costly.

    Temperature Profile
    The temperature profile conveys the sections of the logistics circuit in the form of couples (duration, temperature), from the shipper’s site (removal of products) to the consignees site (delivery of products). The temperature profile is subject to the logistics circuit. Open from closed segments can be differentiated as follows:

    • For a closed logistics segment, the temperature is controlled or relatively stable, and doesn’t follow the climatic temperature directly. Cold chambers, temperature controlled rooms, storage warehouses, closed vehicles or work are some examples.
    • For an open logistics segment, the temperature is not controllable and is not stable since it follows the climatic temperature directly. Open loading, delivery zones and tarmac of an airport are some examples.

    In the case of a temperature profile involving open segments that the refrigerated vehicle is unable to reach, refrigerated packaging will be essential due to its autonomy. In specific cases, it can be used in association with air-controlled vehicles.

    In the case of a temperature profile that involves both warm and cold segments i.e. below 0°C, the combination of an air-controlled vehicle and refrigerated packaging could be the most effective solution.

    Qualification and Validation
    The qualification of the methods used to respect the cool chain is essential. This qualification must be done in accordance with current standards. Various guidelines (recommendations, guidelines and standards) have been determined for the qualification of thermal performances of refrigerated packaging for health products:

    • NFS 99-700: Isothermal and refrigerating containers for health products – Thermal performance qualification method. This approved French standard is the most complete reference point
    • ASTM D3103-07: Standard Test Method for Thermal Insulation Performance of Distribution Packages, the US standard
    • ISTA 7D Procedure: Thermal Controlled Transport Packaging for Parcel Delivery System Shipment
    • WHO/IVB/05.23: Guidelines on the international packaging and shipping of vaccines

    During the period of time for the establishment of a qualification for refrigerated vehicles for health products, transport companies apply for the ‘Agreement on the transport of perishables and special vehicles to be used for this transport’, which is the ATP agreement in relation to food.

    The companies in the cool chain field are aware of the significance of establishing a particular standard, allowing the qualification of refrigerated vehicles for health products, and taking into consideration pharmaceutical requirements. The process for refrigerated vehicle transport is tough to manage since the parameters to be substantiated are numerous and complex. The process will require risk analysis because this process identifies critical points and possible failures. Further to this, analysis will be needed to take corrective actions or preventive measures.

    Once the performance qualification of the solution is done then the validation of the overall transport process will take place. The destinations that are chosen for validation of the transport process by refrigerated packaging must be relevant. It is essential that the transport by refrigerated vehicles is continuously controlled in real time.

    Costs Involved
    An important parameter when selecting the best solution is cost. When two solutions meet the required specifications, the solution with the lowest cost will be chosen. The cost of the solution will be related to the global logistics cost for the service provided. The cost will incorporate the price of transport by refrigerated vehicle or the price of refrigerated packaging, in addition to all the costs produced by the preparation and the employment of the solution (sundry expenses, equipment, energy consumption and salaries of the staffs).

    The cost of the solution is also subject to the required safety level. The safety margin, must be determined without overestimation, to avert the wasteful requirements which confound the solution and inflate the cost. Good specifications incorporate an optimised solution and decreased cost.

    Environmental Impact
    Another factor that should to be analysed in relation to the evaluation of the solution is the impact on the environment. The lifecycle analysis for the same provided service (equivalent result) enables the comparison of the impact on the environment for every solution. This analysis incorporates all systems, all the energy and materials necessary for a certain solution throughout its lifecycle, from the extraction of raw materials through to the treatment at the end of life.

    Good Use Practice

    For every transport process (static or dynamic), to safeguard the efficiency of the temperature-controlled concept, rules of good practice must be utilised. The main rules in relation to each solution are as follows:

    For refrigerated vehicle:

    • It is important to stabilise the insulated body of the vehicle at the necessary temperature prior to loading
    • If the loading and unloading zones of the vehicle are notrefrigerated the refrigerating unit must be turned during loading and unloading
    • Do not place products in the cold air flow of the refrigerating
    • When employing a multi-temperature vehicle, products must not touch the separation wall of the compartments unit.

    For refrigerated packaging:

    • Insulated packaging refrigerated by frozen gel packs should not be stored in a cold room, especially during transit and on arrival. Frozen gel packs must be removed before storage
    • The exposure time of the insulated packaging in the open segment must be reduced to the minimum possible
    • The validated operating instructions for the preparation and loading must be respected
    • For refrigerated packaging, which has two different configurations for summer and for winter, one must make sure of weather forecasts before changing the configuration.

    Conclusion
    Refrigerated packaging and refrigerated vehicles are resources that complement each other. Individual solutions are adapted for specific cases and for specific stages of the distribution process of medicines. The solution employed must be qualified and need precautions and good use practices to safeguard its efficiency. Refrigerated vehicles are employed for the national distribution of health products in the shape of groupage transport or transport batches. For very low temperatures (below -30°C) insulated boxes (packaging) refrigerated by eutectic gel packs or by dry ice are utilised for international shipping and for long distances in national distribution, since the logistics circuit includes an air transport leg and for the distribution of various volumes (not mastered) of products which do not validate the mobilisation of a refrigerated vehicle. Both methods can be associated in particular cases to safeguard the cool chain environment. Insulated boxes (packaging) minus cold source are joined with refrigerated vehicles to avert a break in cool chain in the transfer and delivery zones or to safeguard the products from the cold air flow (below 2°C) from the refrigerating unit. For more information or to discuss our refrigerated vehicles and refrigerated packaging solutions please contact us directly.