Sensitech and Entropy Solutions were among companies cited with excellence awards at the IQPC pharmaIQ Cool Chain Europe 2010 conference in Amsterdam.
In the category of best quality, qualification, or risk management project, Sensitech and Henry Ames, director, strategic marketing, won the top honor for helping to clarify lithium battery regulations.
“Mr. Ames championed an initiative to formally change and clarify a dangerous goods ruling by the US DOT and IATA that left unchecked would have seriously hindered the distribution of biopharmaceuticals, potentially affect product quality, and ultimately risk patient safety,” the judges said.
Entropy Solutions earned the award in the category top green or environmentally-driven initiative for the development of a shipper solution with Amgen.
Entropy “needed to find a solution to maintain minus 20C and under for a minimum of 60 hours, could not use dry ice, had to hold a minimum of 80 1-liter bottles, and the shipper had to fit in an LD3 container.” The system in addition is “completely environmentally friendly by being 100% bio-based, non-toxic, biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable.”
Dr. Umit Kartoglu, technical officer, access to technologies, Department of Vaccines and Biologicals, WHO, won the top award in the category of best temperature control logistics project.
In work to ensure that temperature controlled medicines reach remote destinations globally, Dr. Kartoglu validated the “shake test” to test damage by freezing and the use of cool packs to prevent freezing. In addition, he designed the Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Management on Wheels training for educating practitioners around the world.