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Modality Solutions Releases New White Paper on Thermal Shipping Technologies

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) October 01, 2013

Modality Solutions, a privately-held company that delivers integrated cold chain management solutions for highly regulated industries, released its white paper “The Cold Hard Facts: What You Need to Know About Thermal Shipping Technologies” at the 11th Annual Cold Chain GDP & Temperature Management Logistics Global Forum held in Chicago, Illinois from September 30 through October 4, 2013.

Authored by Modality Solutions’ President, Gary Hutchinson, this white paper presents highlights from a thermal performance study conducted by Modality Solutions. The study examined the performance of five shipping technologies commonly used by specialty pharmacies to transport high-value refrigerated specialty medicines against an industry-accepted temperature profile standard.

The Modality Solutions thermal shipping white paper study’s purpose was twofold. First, to evaluate five commonly used shipping technologies for thermal control performance to assess how well they maintained a specific temperature range within a 24-hour period. Second, to assess the value of a visual indicator to show conformance to a predetermined temperature range and threshold; if a shipment took longer than the 24 hours the shipping system claimed for temperature control, an indicator technology could provide additional monitoring. The following commonly used shipping systems were tested: insulated bubble bag; insulated envelope; insulated box liner; EPS panel sheet cooler; and EPS molded cooler.

The study examined performance of the technologies during seasonal extremes of winter and summer as simulated by ISTA 7D thermal profiles. An additional 6-hour interval was added to the test to evaluate performance in the event the package was not delivered in the allotted 24-hour time frame.

“None of the five tested thermal packaging systems typically used by specialty pharmacies to protect temperature-sensitive products for direct-to-patient delivery maintained the specified temperature in the first 24 hours,” said author Gary Hutchinson. “All five performed below expectations when tested to the ISTA 7D industry standard. Most did not perform against their own published claims. The lack of performance in the first 24 hours highlights the need to look at new packaging technologies and visual controls for use by specialty pharmacies.”

Hutchinson along with Modality Solutions’ principals, Paul Harber and Brian Wallin are presenting “Integrate Your Cold Chain Management Systems” at the Cold Chain Global Forum on October 1, 2013. In addition, as a conference sponsor and exhibitor, they will be available to discuss the specifics of the thermal shipping technologies white paper at Booth 618 during the 5-day forum.

To download the free Modality Solutions White Paper “The Cold Hard Facts: What You Need to Know About Thermal Shipping Technologies,” go to:

About the Author
Gary M. Hutchinson is President of Modality Solutions. He is a controlled-environment logistics subject-matter expert. His time-definite delivery networks deliver product around the world in a regulatory compliant and cost-effective way. He accomplishes this complex process by understanding environment and infrastructure challenges, designing controls, and creating monitoring systems that work. Hutchinson was recognized by his peers as a 2012 Temperature Controlled Logistic Leader by the international pharmaceutical cold chain community, as compiled and reported by Cold Chain IQ. Prior to co-founding Modality Solutions in 2011, as Director of Global Transportation for Amgen, he designed logistics networks and solutions for biologics and solid oral dosages — including cold-chain clinical and commercial logistics networks, import/export compliance, and transport validation.

About Modality Solutions
Modality Solutions is a privately-held company that delivers engineered solutions for highly regulated industries. Its Advantage Transportation Simulation Laboratory™ helps companies test the effects of transportation on their formulations. Key areas of service are: ensure regulatory compliance; deliver cold chain thermal packaging design / qualification and controlled-environment logistics solutions; conduct transport simulation testing with five environmental hazards – temperature, humidity, shock, vibration and pressure; decrease development cycle times for a faster route-to-market; and develop transport validation strategies to support global regulatory applications. For more information about Modality Solutions and alliance partner, BioConvergence, visit and

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