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The Thirst for Personalized Solutions in Canada's Cold Chain

Canada's extreme temperature changes spark the need for personalized cold chain solutions and require smooth and accurate communication between partners. The results can be costly. "Custom or not, if the solution doesn’t protect the product, the outcome can be devastating,” said former Grifols executive and Cold Chain speaker and expert, Jim Bacon. The need for personalized solutions are not uncommon, which is why Cold Chain Canada authored this whitepaper to identify the most imperitent areas today.

Ready, Set, Go! IATA's new CEIV Pharma Program

Transporting healthcare products by air needs the establishment of complex logistical methods to maintain shipment’s integrity. It requires specific equipment, storage facilities, harmonized handling procedures and, above all, strong cooperation among the cold chain partners. In this interview, IATA's Ronald Schaefer discusses the newly-created CEIV Pharma program aims to address these challenges experienced by airlines, ground handlers and airports, pharmaceutical companies and freight forwarders.

Optimizing Canada's Cold Chain in the Face of Its Vast Territories & Extreme Temperatures

The vast Canadian landscape presents numerous challenges including distance, mountain winter conditions, long hauls and ferry trips. Couple this with the sophistication of a reefer trailer today, maintaining various temperatures, the need for location tracking, security, geo-fencing, and more, etc. For this reason, Cold Chain IQ asked several professionals for their tips on how to optimize Canada's cold chain in the face of its vast territories & extreme temperatures.

2017 Canadian Pharma Cold Chain Report

We’ve reached out to our extensive worldwide network of supply chain leaders to find out the major trends in the Canadian temperature controlled supply chain market and how the industry is reacting. Now we’re sharing it with you in this exclusive report!

Experts Weigh in on Supply Chain & Temperature Assurance Packaging

In this exclusive speaker package hear from Rebecca Gentile, Senior Specialist, Quality, Vaccine and Biological Stability at Merck. Discussing Merck’s Supply Chain & Improving Temperature Excursions Interview. Also Geoffrey Glauser, Senior Consultant Supply Chain, HHS/ASPR/BARDA, who speaks to us about Temperature Assurance Packaging (TAP) Solutions.

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Current Attendee List

The following pages list the experts and industry leaders who have already signed on – they know that this event is the forum to share stories and learn new tips for all aspects of the logistical supply chain. Will we be adding your name to the list?

2017 Calendar of Events

2017 calendar of events in Life Sciences, Cold Chain, Personal Care, Healthcare.

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Sponsorship Prospectus

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2016 Canadian Cold Chain Attendee Report

We surveyed 250+ cold chain professionals to find out their major pain points. Take a look at this report to gain an in-depth overview of who our attendees are, their major challenges, maturity level, company revenue, and much more.

Clinical VS Commercial Temperature Supply Chains for Canada

Pharma Logistics IQ surveyed its network to pinpoint trends within Canada’s clinical and commercial temperature controlled supply chains.


Cold Chain IQ Benchmarking Report

This in-depth report includes 7 case studies from leading pharmaceutical companies on the following topics: CRT, Generics, Last Mile, Local Storage, Passive Vacines, Qualification and Track & Trace.

Have You Got it Covered?

A look at the process of coolchain component qualification in the context of thermal protection and overall transport qualification. Courtesy of DuPont.

Stability Data Sharing in Canada’s Cold Chains

Ahead of the 15th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Summit we explore the state of affairs in the general industry as well as specifically to Canada in regards to stability data use in the cold chain.

The Rise of the Reusable and Sustainable Packaging in Canada

In order to delve deeper into whether reusable packaging is the right choice for the Canadian market, Pharma Logistics IQ gathered insights from a selection of experts due to feature in the 15th Cold Chain Canada Conference.


The Growing Significance of Security Challenges in the Cold Chain

As pharmaceutical supply chains continue to grow globally, they are exposed to greater risks that could compromise the integrity of products. The industry has responded to security threats by implementing countermeasures and developing new technologies to reduce counterfeiting and thefts. However, threats still exist as thieves and counterfeiters adapt and evolve to the industry’s response. In conjunction with industry experts, Andrea Charles of Cold Chain IQ looks into the major security challenges and how to overcome them.

Going Green: A Viable Option for the Cold Chain?

The green revolution has begun. There are now a wide range of green or sustainable solutions available in the temperature controlled distribution of life science products. Recent industry survey results revealed 11% of temperature control and quality professionals cited green/sustainable packaging systems as one of their top 3 investment priorities in the next 12-18 months. In this report, Andrea Charles of Cold Chain IQ looks at the green balancing act and 5 ways to lessen the environmental impact of your cold chain.


Pharmaceutical Transportation How to Increase Air Cargo's Market Share

Although the global pharma industry is booming, the air cargo share of global pharma product transport has declined.This infographic, courtesy of IATA,details this problem, its consequences and then provides a solution. 

Cold Chain in Canada: Future Plans

We surveyed senior supply chain and life sciences executives in Canada to uncover their Budgets, Timelines and Purchasing Forecasts. The infographic includes the top 9 solutions that these senior executives are looking to invest in, such as air freight, data loggers and RFID.

10 Essentials of Choosing a Cold Chain Monitoring Solution

Temperature monitoring is an essential part of an effective cold chain. Many technologies are available to monitor the various parameters of temperature, humidity, energy and location. There are many factors to consider when choosing a cold chain monitoring solution. So how do you choose? Our friend Nitin Dahad of Dyzle reveals the 10 essentials you should look for.


Shipping Validation Strategies for SMEs

Two case studies in which Wilf Meschwitz, Director of Supply Chain Management at BioVectra needed to ship formulated bulk drug product from PEI Canada to Eastern Europe and another to India are discussed in this presentation. The conditions were as such - the temperature control range was 2 to 8C with allowable excursions down to 1C and up to 25C, passive or active shipping containers were required, as was zero breakage, and the shipping solution must be validated.

Design and Implement a Shipping Lane Qualification for High-Value Pharma Products

Alan J. Davis, Chief Operating Officer, K.L. Harring Transportation, LLC, covers a hefty agenda for shipping lane qualifications in this presentation 1.) Analyze product requirements 2.) Define best practices and tools for implementation 3.) Conduct a security risk assessment and mitigation process 4.) Define security enhancement 5.) Off-the-shelf solutions for products without much stability data 6.) Passive versus active container qualifications, and lastly, 7.) Choosing an appropriate test profile for shipping channels.

Cold Chain Strategies and Applications for Successful Clinical Research & Development in China

Alex Guillen, Director of Global Cold Chain, Fisher Clinical Services at Thermo Fisher Scientific describes the industry trends in clinical trial design -- high prevalence of biologics, increase in the use of comparators, importation and exportation challenges, etc., -- new drug delivery methods -- inhalers, patches, syringes and others -- and how these factors relate to China, which is both a land of opportunity and challenges.

Data Analytics & How to Gain Competitive Advantage of Your Cold Chain

Boriana Cavicchia, Senior Program Analyst, Department of Veterans Affairs, explains the ways in which data analytics can be applied to your cold chain - the types of analytics 1.) descriptive 2.) predictive and 3.) prescriptive -- the questions that need to be asked at this stage and the active Cold Chain application. 

Case Study: Best Practices for a Fully-Qualified Packaging System

Defining the right temperature profiles, design, test and qualification of a packaging system, gel conditioning process validation, training and performance qualification and monitoring, preventive maintenance and change management are all discussed in this presentation by Jean Bedard, President & CEO of Infitrak, Inc.

Sanofi: Don't Sacrifice Economics for Sustainable Packaging

In order to determine the sustainability and cost savings of Sanofi's approximately 14.5 million coolant foam bricks, Ray Eveland, Lead Packaging Engineer, GSD-NA Distribution and Supply Chain, had to consider alternate designs and processes. Here, he reports on what happened.

IATA Regulations Compliance: What you need to know for temperature-sensitive air freight shipments

Ronald Schaefer, Project Lead, CEIV Pharmaceutical Logistics, helps you to understand the risks and potential gaps along the cool chain; to learn how IATA's standards improve the handling of pharmaceutical cargo and understand IATA's proposed industry certification in this past presentation.

Convergence in the Supply Chain - Process and Information Sharing in Practice

Envirotainer's Gabriel Andersson, Chief Operations Officer, explains the theory behind convergence and interoperability and how it can get the job done for you. He also explains how human factors influence the outcome of activities and what to do to ensure they don't turn into errors.

Achieving Real‐Time Visibility and Traceability

Ann Bernier, QA Manager, AbbVie Corporation, discussed the challenges of temperature controlled logistics and the value of real-time visibility and traceability.

European GMP/GDP Updates and the Real Word

Ian Holloway Senior GMDP Inspector, MHRA, UK, discusses Recent and future updates to EU GMP and GDPs, New Annex 16 – sample shipments, test and release, and risk assessment and mitigation for transportation.

Clinical Trial Case Study Non-Product Specific Qualification of Shipping Containers

Lisa Ray, Advisor of Distribution Center of Excellence & Austin Walker, Director of Quality Assurance, discuss Multi-Season Shipping Container Qualification Overview, and benefits, ambient test profiles, temperature profile considerations, clinical trial material movements, shipper recycle process, next steps and more!

Compliance with Guide-0069 Throughout a Complex Distribution Model

Rania Al-Ammar, Regional Director, Commercial Quality Hospira, a Pfizer company, discusses journey towards applying evolving Canadian requirements for temperature control of drugs during transportation, complex & diversified stakeholders network, inbound and outbound shipments, continuous improvements initiatives, and lessons learned during new product launches.


Sustainability in Biopharma Cold Chain Logistics

In pharma “cold chain” logistics practices, products must be shipped under thermally controlled conditions at predefined temperature range and duration. By employing reusable containers to protect these shipments, shippers gain substantial advantages in environmental performance and experience significant cost-savings in operations.