Quick International Delivers Shipment of Precious Breast Milk to Orphanage in South Africa for Premature, Sick and Orphaned Infants
October Delivery of 2300 Pounds of Milk is Now Feeding Malnourished and Immune System-Compromised Babies
(PRWEB) NOVEMBER 01, 2016
The US-based International Breast Milk Project (IBMP), Prolacta Bioscience and Quick International Courier joined forces once again in a humanitarian effort to deliver donor breast milk for premature, sick and orphaned infants in South Africa.
Quick provided the cold chain logistics planning and end-to-end transport of the shipment to the orphanage. Over 15,000 ounces of donor breast milk was picked up in City of Industry, CA, and delivered within three days in late October to iThemba Lethu in Durban, South Africa, a transition home for orphaned and abandoned children.
To maintain the integrity of the milk and its nutritional value, it was crucial to maintain a specific temperature throughout transit. The milk was packed in dry ice, a frozen carbon dioxide, with surface temperature of -109.3 degrees Fahrenheit (-78.5 degrees C) that maintained the required frozen temperature from California to South Africa. The temperature was monitored at all checkpoints throughout transport.
Breast milk provides optimum nutrition for infants, providing nutrients and immune properties. Many babies who are cared for at Ithemba Lethu are malnourished and immune-compromised when they are received into their care. Breast milk provides the nutrients they need to thrive, helping to reduce infection by strengthening their immune system, and is especially beneficial for those babies who are HIV infected.
" I am so pleased that Quick International Courier was able to participate in this life-saving endeavor by providing secure cold chain transportation. Delivery of breast milk is crucial in these areas, because one-third of the people in South African towns are HIV positive, which makes recruiting healthy local milk donors very difficult. In the developing world, breast milk feeding is a key intervention to promote child health and survival,” says Dominique Brown, Chief Executive Officer, The Quick Group of Companies.
About Quick International Courier
Quick is a highly specialized, global shipping and logistics provider focused on designing customized delivery solutions for time and temperature sensitive, mission-critical and life saving needs across a wide range of industries. For over 35 years, Quick has been providing the world’s leading companies with the most reliable and innovative logistics solutions.
Quick specializes in shipping organs and blood for transplant, personalized medicine, medical devices and investigational drugs for the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, as well as critical and high-value parts for the aviation, high tech, and manufacturing industries.
About iThemba Lethu
iThemba Lethu is a local Durban non-governmental organization devoted to helping vulnerable babies, children, youth and families regain a meaningful destiny by recognizing the value of their lives and the importance of being in a secure family environment.
The iThemba Lethu Breast milk Bank is the first community-based human milk bank in South Africa. It was opened in 2001 by Professor Anna Coutsoudis, who had a vision to restore a destiny of hope and promise to those babies and children whose futures were at risk of being negatively impacted by HIV/AIDS. The orphaned and abandoned babies in their care at two Transition Homes receive donor breast milk, and also provide breast milk to babies in neonatal ICU’s at private and public hospitals.
About the International Breast Milk Project (IBMP)
IBMP helps new moms in the U.S. join the fight against poverty and disease by providing an avenue to donate breast milk to infants in South Africa and around the world. The donor milk is unquestionably lifesaving for many of the tiny, premature babies who receive it. Because so many babies have been abandoned, orphaned or have moms that are too sick or malnourished to breastfeed, there is a significant gap in the current supply of available local milk. http://www.breastmilkproject.org/
Prolacta Bioscience, Inc. is a privately held life sciences company dedicated to Advancing the Science of Human Milk®. The company pioneered the development of human milk-‐based neonatal nutritional products to meet the needs of critically ill, premature infants in the NICU. Prolacta leads the industry in the quality and safety of nutritional products made from donor breast milk and operates the first and only pharmaceutical-‐grade manufacturing facility for the processing of human milk. For more information please visit www.prolacta.com.
Quick Expands Global Healthcare Logistics Service Capabilities to Transport New Immunotherapy and Personalized Medicine That Treat Cancer
Provides Cold Chain Transport and Chain of Custody for Personalized Medicine, From Research and Development, to Delivery to Each Patient
NEW YORK, NY (PRWEB) AUGUST 04, 2016
Quick has expanded its specialized domestic and international personalized medicine logistics capabilities to meet the changing needs of the life science and healthcare communities.
The adoption and practice of personalized medicine and biologics continues to extend its reach to all stages of patient care and fields of medicine and include autologous vaccines, which are created from a patient’s own cells and may control or cure various cancers.
These types of drugs can be less stable than others, making both speed and maintaining proper temperature critical throughout the entire transportation process.
Individual patient specimens must be quickly transported to laboratories or Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs), where the personalized vaccines are created, and then sent back from the manufacturing site to a medical clinic or hospital where the patient will be infused.
Quick’s healthcare logistics division provides precise cold chain and individual handling throughout the supply chain to ensure drug integrity and patient safety. It is critical that the right drug reaches the right patient at the right time.
Priority service capabilities include:
“Immunotherapy drugs are one of the most exciting discoveries in the life science industry. These personalized drugs offer the ability to harness and energize a patient’s immune system to fight cancer with little or no adverse side effects. Quick is proud to be partnering with many of the innovative healthcare and biotech companies who take aim every day to erase cancer in our life time, says Dave Murphy, Executive Vice President, Life Sciences.
QuickSTAT Opens Additional VIP Packaging Conditioning Facilities In Singapore and Australia To Support The Almac Group And Life Science Industry
Just-in-Time Logistics Inventory Management for Temperature Control Systems to Accelerate Delivery of Clinical Trial Supplies
LONDON, UK (PRWEB) July 26, 2016
As part of a global expansion plan, QuickSTAT has opened four new locations that will provide a market leading, Just In Time (JIT) solution to improve turn around times of phase change shipper solutions, and other Vacuum Insulated Packaging (VIP) Systems.
The program will help to ensure the viability of high-risk shipments to geographical and logistically challenging countries, in order to minimise the risk of a shipment temperature excursion.
The new conditioning facilities are located in Singapore, Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney. These new temperature controlled facilities are in addition to QuickSTAT’s conditioning facility in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which was commissioned as a result of a partnership between Almac and QuickSTAT.
QuickSTAT will provide conditioning and same day dispatch for each customer’s shipment. The units will be conditioned under the manufacturer’s strict standard operating procedures for the specific temperature ranges required: +2° to +8° C, +15° to +25° C and -25° to-15° C. Units will be transported in an expedited manner, reducing turn around time and accelerating delivery to most locations worldwide by at least 24 hours from previous industry methods.
Each facility was designed, mapped and qualified according to EU GDP guidelines, and are strategically located close to each country’s major international airports, in order to achieve expedited transit and delivery.
The Inventory Management System, developed by QuickSTAT’s in-house IT team, has the ability to track VIP shippers in transit, monitors the actual time the package is valid from pack out time, and calculates time from pack out to expiration, based on the packaging validation specifications. It also includes a managed inventory, inclusive of returns, therefore providing efficient use of return shippers, which is an environmentally friendly solution.
“QuickSTAT is committed to providing customised solutions for our life science clients to meet the ever-challenging demands of the industry. We are pleased to offer this enhanced service to strengthen the shipping systems solution for end to end temperature management, a vital component of our customers’ global clinical supply chain,” says Paul White, Corporate Executive Vice President, QuickSTAT.
“I am delighted to announce the success of our new temperature-controlled shipping service solution – the Almac Pod™. With rapid growth in the volume of our controlled temperature shipments over the past few years, the introduction of innovative solutions such as the Almac Pod™ allows us to deliver on the growing needs of our clinical trial supply customers. The Almac PoD™ is fully GDP-compliant and is available as part of Almac’s end-to-end, global supply chain management solution – your product, safe in our hands,” says a senior source at the Almac Group.
QuickSTAT is an expert in managing global clinical trial logistics for all phases of research and drug development, for all temperature ranges and life science products—from pre-clinical, to clinical, through to commercialization. QuickSTAT specializes in time and temperature shipping of clinical research samples, biologics, investigational drugs, clinical trial supplies, vaccines and dangerous goods, helping to bring new drugs and medical protocols to market faster.
The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. The services range from R&D, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IXRS® technology (IRT) through to commercial-scale manufacture.The international company is a privately owned organisation that has organically grown over 30 years and now employs in excess of 3,900 highly skilled personnel. Almac is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland with operations in the UK, across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and in Asia (Singapore and Tokyo).
Quick Opens Office in France to Serve Life Science Community In France and Neighboring French-Speaking Countries
Supports Global Expansion Plan To Enhance Logistics to Meet The Evolving World of Cold Chain
New York, New York (PRWEB) December 13, 2014
"QuickSTAT France, a brand new facility equipped with a controlled-ambient warehouse, will provide 24/7 transportation and logistics services, as well as in-transit storage following IATA rules and EU GDP guidelines."
QuickSTAT is making significant investments in the expansion of its global network and Cold Chain capabilities, and is delighted to announce the opening of a new Control Tower in Paris, France, to serve Life Science clients in the region.
QuickSTAT France, a brand new facility equipped with a controlled-ambient warehouse, will provide 24/7 transportation and logistics services, as well as in-transit storage for vaccines and investigational drugs, patient-clinical specimens, API, following IATA rules and EU GDP guidelines. Services include temperature-controlled transport of all temperature ranges, from controlled ambient (+15°C+25°C), refrigerated or frozen, for IP distribution, blood samples movements, reagents, and medical devices.
Hervé Valler will serve as Managing Director of QuickSTAT France. He brings over 16 years of experience designing customized logistics plans for life science companies throughout the world, and has helped developed solutions for clinical trial supply programs, biospecimen management, central laboratories, diagnostics, medical devices and drug distribution. Hervé’s team will consist of local customer service and operations specialists with extensive knowledge in the transport and logistics of Research/ Drug Development and Temperature Control shipments. The team will provide consultation on stringent regulatory compliance, specialized validated packaging, Dangerous Goods transport, as well as best routings, including solutions for emerging market areas.
In addition, to a global footprint, QuickSTAT France is located 2km-away from Roissy CDG airport and has developed a diverse regional network that includes airlines, high speed train (TGV), and priority ground options to achieve the fastest transit time, and Clinical Supply Chain integrity.
“We are very excited about our new Paris Control Center, and the enhanced Cold Chain services it will provide to our clients throughout the region. Our investment in an increased global footprint, the recruitment of top industry specialists, such as Herve Valler, along with our market-leading IT platform that helps clients manage their clinical trials demonstrates our commitment to the Life Science community,” says Dominique Brown, COO, QuickSTAT.
For 35 years, QuickSTAT, a Quick Company, has managed global biopharmaceutical clinical trial logistics for all phases of research and drug development, for all temperature ranges and life science products. QuickSTAT specializes in time and temperature shipping of clinical research samples, biologics, investigational drugs, clinical trial supplies, vaccines and dangerous goods, helping to bring important new drugs and protocols to market faster.
QuickSTAT Announces Global Expansion Plan to Enhance Its Global Network and Cold Chain Logistics Capabilities for Life Sciences
Investment Supports Company’s Ongoing Focus on Logistics and Clinical Trial Supply Chain Integrity
New York, NY (PRWEB) November 14, 2014
"QuickSTAT is making significant investments to enhance our global network and Temperature-Controlled logistics capabilities to meet the evolving world of modern cold chain and the complex requirements of the Life Science industry"
As part of an ongoing global expansion plan, QuickSTAT is making significant investments in its network and logistics capabilities to meet the evolving world of modern cold chain and the complex requirements of the industry.
The expansion will support QuickSTAT’s ongoing focus on customized logistics and transportation, and includes opening new QuickSTAT Control Towers and enhancement of existing facilities. There will be an emphasis on Customer Service capabilities, to provide increased support in this increasingly complex environment. Temperature-controlled vehicles have been added to its fleet, providing additional Priority Ground Logistics Solutions.
Transportation experts specializing in Research/ Drug Development and Cold Chain Logistics from around the world have joined the QuickSTAT team, and will provide consultation on stringent regulatory compliance, specialized packaging, Dangerous Goods transport, as well as best solutions and routings, including solutions for emerging market areas.
As part of the the expansion, a Control Tower in France has been opened to support clients in the region, and a Control Tower in the UK has been expanded, both designed for GDP Quality. These QuickSTAT Control Towers will provide 24/7 transportation and logistics services, as well as in-transit storage for patient-clinical specimens, API, vaccines and investigational drugs, utilizing GDP principles and best practices. Investments in LATAM, APAC and Africa are under way.
“Our investment in an increased global footprint, the recruitment of top industry specialists, along with our market-leading IT platform that helps clients manage their clinical trials demonstrates our commitment to the Life Science community. We are very excited about the enhanced solutions and tools we can provide,” says Dominique Brown, COO, QuickSTAT.
For 35 years, QuickSTAT has managed multinational biopharmaceutical clinical trial logistics for all phases of research and drug development, for all temperature ranges and life science products. QuickSTAT specializes in time and temperature shipping of clinical research samples, biologics, investigational drugs, clinical trial supplies, vaccines and dangerous goods, helping to bring important new drugs and medical protocols to market faster.
QuickSTAT Seminars Train Life Science Community to Ship Safely and in Compliance with 2014 IATA Regulations
Training and certification for the transport of Biological Substances, Category B and Dry Ice—with Overview of GDP & Cold Chain Compliance.
(PRWEB) April 09, 2014
"QuickSTAT Seminars will provide an explanation of the new laws and requirements, so shippers can package, classify and ship clinical specimens correctly and in compliance."
QuickSTAT will be hosting its annual Life Science Transportation Seminars in May 2014 in the US, to train shippers of biological substances and infectious materials to be compliant with the new 2014 IATA regulations. Explanation of the new laws and requirements will be presented, so shippers can package, classify and ship clinical specimens correctly and in compliance.
With the drive towards Good Distribution Practices (GDP) and expectations, the airline industry is developing solutions, guidelines, and infrastructure to ensure greater compliance. New content for 2014 has been added to the seminars to help the audiences understand the benefits and purpose of IATA, Temperature-Controlled Regulations (TCR) for time and temperature-sensitive healthcare products.
QuickSTAT’s Life Science Transportation Seminars will be helpful to anyone involved in the life science shipping process. They will learn:
Seminars will be held in Cambridge, MA-May 13, Gaithersburg, MD-May 15 and Research Triangle Park, NC-May 21.
For more information about the seminars, or for registration, go to: http://quick.aero/quickstat/seminars/
Quick International Courier Becomes an IATA Strategic Partner
Partnership Demonstrates Quick’s Commitment to the Advancement of the Airline Cargo Industry and Service Excellence
New York, New York (PRWEB) April 09, 2014
"This is a significant commitment for Quick International and will help us share our experience and expertise in the development and implementation of the Aviation Cargo Standards, which govern so much of our specialized air transportation network."
Quick International Courier has become a Strategic Partner of the International Air Transport Association (IATA.) This will enable Quick to further contribute to the development of solutions and standards for the air transport industry and participate in key areas such as policies and best practices, where innovation takes place.
IATA developed its Strategic Partnership program in order to pool resources and expertise to advance the air transport industry, connecting key stakeholders to assist in the development, implementation and promotion of industry standards. With a current worldwide community of more than 350 partners, sharing ideas and collaborating to improve aviation practices and technology, IATA’s Strategic Partnership program offers its members the opportunity to have a stake in shaping the air transportation industry’s future.
Specifically, the IATA Cargo Standards Partnership provides Quick with the opportunity to participate in the development of standards covering some of the essential areas of aviation transport, such as the safe transport of dangerous goods.
Quick provides solutions for the safe transportation of materials classified as Dangerous Goods, according to the Dangerous Goods Regulations. In addition, Quick ensures the secure transportation of medicinal and healthcare products in compliance with the Perishable Cargo Regulations, specifically Chapter 17, Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products.
Robert Tungatt, Quick’s Director of Compliance and Cold Chain Excellence, said “This is a significant commitment for Quick International and will help us share our experience and expertise in the development and implementation of the Aviation Cargo Standards, which govern so much of our specialized air transportation network. By participating in the IATA Strategic Partnership program, we can ensure we are contributing to the future developments and changes. This will have a positive impact on our industry and on our ability to maintain our excellent service and compliance reputation.”
Sterling Aviation Launches AeroRide Service: Specialized 24/7 AOG Priority Ground Logistics With Unparalleled Security and Asset Protection
Speed, Safety and Security for Heavy Weight or Oversized AOG Parts
(PRWEB) November 03, 2013
Sterling, the leader in global aviation logistics, has launched a priority ground logistics service that provides a cost-effective and secure ground transportation solution to help get grounded aircraft back in the air quickly. This 24/7 service provides expedited, safe and affordable shipping options for valuable, delicate oversized or heavy weight aircraft parts, with pick up and delivery around-the-clock.
Traditionally, transporting valuable and delicate oversized parts meant using more expensive and less secure flatbed trucks, and shippers struggled to get an appropriate vehicle at a moment’s notice. Sterling’s Aviation transportation specialists can provide immediate solutions for aircraft parts such as flaps, slats, nose cowls, engines, engine inlets and other valuable oversized parts.
Sterling has a developed a network of over 8,000 trucks throughout North America that can pick up and deliver aircraft parts 24/7/365 for an AOG situation. End-to-end logistics provides direct drive of valuable assets with no consolidation, ensuring security and chain of custody. Valuable aircraft components are inside a covered truck from pick up through delivery to ensure asset protection. Real-time GPS Tracking provide status notifications, so these parts can be monitored every step of the way.
In addition, Sterling has also invested in and designed custom-built and aviation-focused team straight trucks for specific aviation requirements. These trucks have two curtain sides for easier and safer loading of extremely large, heavy parts. Each truck is equipped with AirRideControl™, a unique vibration monitoring system that ensures the AirRide functionality is working properly at all times. As a result, these aviation-focused trucks meet the Department of Defense and military specifications required for shipping critical components, which means parts are moved in the safest environment available for ground transportation today.
“Sterling is committed to supporting the aviation community and providing best-of-breed logistics solutions to minimize AOG situations. Our new AeroRide Ground Logistics service will provide the same high level of personalized service and attention to detail that our customers are accustomed to,” says Claus Engelbrechtsen, VP of Aviation Division.
About Sterling Global Aviation Logistics Since 1981, Sterling, a Quick Company, has been helping aviation clients with their worldwide AOG shipping, transporting valuable aircraft parts swiftly and efficiently. Sterling specializes in shipping AOG aircraft parts, rapid returns, heavy weight or oversized freight, and dangerous goods, while keeping down time to a minimum. With a focus on providing global AOG Logistics, Sterling is at the forefront of innovations, offering precision, individualized service and dependability.
QuickSTAT “Cold Chain Manager” Technology Solution Ensures Temperature Integrity for Clinical Trial and Drug Development Shipments
New York, NY (PRWEB) October 01, 2013
QuickSTAT has developed a major enhancement to its industry leading online customer platform (QuickOnlineRx) and its proprietary IT system that helps to ensure product integrity and patient safety. The tools track, monitor and calculate transit duration against a package validation time.
Cold Chain Manager will help to ensure the integrity of Cold Chain shipments throughout transit. It provides visibility to QuickSTAT’s Control Tower team, and enables them to continually monitor and intervene if shipment integrity may be at risk. The timer calculates how much time has elapsed from packing, and continually provides the actual time the package is valid from pack out time. A built in formula calculates the time left for expiration from pack out, based on the packaging validation specifications.
The system provides milestones and built in alarms, to ensure that the specific Cold Chain protocols for that shipment is adhered to, such as client communication and coolant replenishment. Use of Cold Chain Manager provides critical information to the QuickSTAT Operations team, so they can be proactive, consult with their clients and make contingency plans or intervene, to minimize risks and avoid any threats to their product.
With QuickOnlineRx, shippers can view the milestones of the transit in real time, to include status of the shipment, and an auditable history of any steps taken to ensure temperature is maintained--such as adding dry ice, wet ice or gel packs.
Robert Tungatt, Regulatory Compliance and Cold Chain Excellence Specialist Joins QuickSTAT
New York, New York (PRWEB) September 13, 2013
Robert Tungatt has joined QuickSTAT as the Global Director of Regulatory Compliance and Cold Chain Excellence. Robert’s unique expertise will help support QuickSTAT’s accelerated growth and global expansion in the pharmaceutical supply chain logistics arena.
With the ever-changing regulatory landscape in Health Care and Pharmaceutical transportation, he will help to ensure that Quick's worldwide clients are compliant and utilize best practices in logistics and cold chain. He will drive continual improvements to ensure timely and safe delivery of urgent and life-saving shipments, where integrity, speed, and high performance levels are essential.
Mr. Tungatt brings a wealth of experience in the specialist logistics and transportation arena, having spent almost 30 years in the industry, with his primary focus in the Healthcare and Life Science industries. His experience includes management positions in Customer Service, Operations and establishing Quality Assurance and Compliance functions under ISO9001 at Marken Limited, where he helped to ensure global compliance. His expertise also includes US and European Aviation Security Compliance.
He is involved in many industry forums, and has helped to develop standards and best practices to help ensure patient safety through a disciplined and best practice mindset. Mr. Tungatt is an active member of AICES (Association of Courier and Express Services), the European Compliance Association and the PDA. Robert is a member of the IATA Time and Temperature Task Force, which is responsible for the Perishable Cargo Regulations, Chapter 17 Air Transport Logistics for Time and Temperature Sensitive Healthcare Products.
“We are pleased to welcome Robert to our team. His experience in Life Science, regulatory compliance, and protocol support will be an asset to QuickSTAT and our clients throughout the world,” says Dominique Brown, COO, The Quick Group of Companies.