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    Softbox a key player in battle to beat COVID see more

    Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of passive temperature control packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science and cold chain logistics industries, is proud to support Pfizer in the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines through the supply of a high-performance temperature-controlled parcel shipper developed specifically for ultra-low temperature applications.

    Softbox supported Pfizer with the development of the highly specialised and reusable ultra-low temperature (ULT) shipper to help them on the distribution of ultra-low temperature vaccines and storing them at Point of Use (POU) sites.  

    Ultra-Low Temperature vaccines, such as that developed by Pfizer – BioNTech, uses mRNA (messenger RNA) technology and must be stored at temperatures between -90°C to -60°C to ensure that the vaccine’s quality and efficacy is maintained. The ULT shipper is capable of maintaining the required temperature during shipping of Covid-19 vaccines between -90°C to -60°C for at least 10 days unopened.

    The highly innovative shipper utilises high performance insulation materials, incorporated in a robust and reusable construction, in conjunction with dry ice, to ensure long term ultra-low temperature control. Based on current guidelines, the Softbox ULT Shipper can be opened twice a day, for up to three minutes at a time. This allows clinicians at Point of Use (POU) sites to access the vaccine vials required for each day’s immunisation clinics without exposing the remaining vaccine stored within the shipper to ambient temperatures, thus ensuring integrity of the vaccine is maintained.

    When correctly managed, the ULT Shipper can be used to store vaccines for in excess of 30 days. Through a process called “Re-Icing” the dry ice in the Softbox ULT Shipper can be topped up ensuring maximum thermal protection of the highly temperature sensitive mRNA vaccines.

    “Softbox’s extensive knowledge and experience in temperature control packaging solutions and the cold chain industry was the right choice for us. They immediately understood the unprecedented task at hand that was in front of us with the distribution of the vaccine, and quickly started to work with us to develop a unique packaging system that does not waste any precious vaccine and creates a seamless experience for customers.” said Tanya Alcorn, Vice President, Biopharma Global Supply Chain for Pfizer. “Their technical capabilities and innovative approach helped us achieve an excellent result in a very short period of time.”

    Kevin Valentine, CEO of Softbox, said: “We are immensely proud to be playing such an important role in the fight against Covid-19. We worked extremely hard during 2020 to help Pfizer develop this highly innovative ULT shipper; establishing one of the world’s largest fleets of reusable temperature-controlled parcel shippers in the process and setting up two world-class service centres to support ULT shipper refurbishment.”

    “It’s a huge honour to have the opportunity to support the distribution of these vital vaccines at the right temperature, maintain their integrity and help save millions of lives.” 

    For more information about Softbox visit: www.softboxsystems.com

    About Softbox
    Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 20 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, North America, Latin America, India and Asia Pacific.

    We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.

    For more information about Softbox visit: www.softboxsystems.com

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    Tempcell ECOTM is a recyclable paper-based temperature control packaging solution see more

    Softbox, a leading global innovator and provider of temperature control packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science, and cold chain logistics industries, recently launched its newest innovation --- Tempcell™ ECO -- in the U.S.

    An award-winning temperature control parcel shipper that is 100 percent curbside recyclable, Tempcell™ ECO is composed of corrugated cardboard and uses Softbox’s Thermaflute™, a patent-pending, plastic-free design that creates an insulating barrier and delivers thermal efficiencies similar to those of traditional expanded polystyrene shippers.

    This biodegradable packaging solution is designed to transport wide-stability temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products and comes in four, easy-to-assemble, flat-packed sizes, saving space during delivery and storage. Custom sizes are available on request.

    “Today, the challenge is two-fold: develop innovative shipping solutions that provide uncompromising performance coupled with practical recyclability that protects the planet,” said John Hammes, General Manager of the America’s for Softbox Systems. “For biopharma clients working with Softbox, the value of a solution like Tempcell™ ECO is its ability to routinely ship prescription products, over-the-counter medicines, and diagnostic kits with complete reliability and a clear conscience by reducing plastic consumption—and offering the ease of curbside recycling for end-users.”

    Fast Company recognized Tempcell™ ECO recently as one of its 2020 World Changing Ideas, an award honoring companies, products and ideas that are making the world a better place.

    2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability Report

    In an ongoing effort to be one of the most innovative and socially responsible companies worldwide, Softbox Systems is proud of its sustainable initiatives that advance product innovation for good. The brand recently published a 2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability report, which addresses how the sustainability movement in the life sciences industry impacts temperature-controlled packaging products and solutions.

    The report reinforces the growing demand for packaging solutions that are efficient, effective and eco-friendly. Pharma, diagnostic and medtech companies, often drivers for change, are setting clear targets to reduce the industry’s environmental footprint. Seventy percent of the senior managers and directors surveyed state that the development of sustainable temperature control packaging solutions is significant to their operations and their organizations’ sustainability ambitions. These sustainability goals are, in turn, influencing partners, suppliers, and vendors to provide more planet-friendly solutions.

    Softbox Systems has earned a Silver Sustainability Rating from EcoVadis, the world’s most trusted business sustainability rating service measuring and helping advance a company’s impact on the Environment, Labor & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement.

    Further, in partnership with American Forests, Softbox Systems pledges to plant one tree for every 10 Tempcell™ ECO sold in the United States and Canada. This is the equivalent to three trees being planted for each one used in production. Through the sale of Tempcell™ ECO in the first half of 2020, Softbox Systems has already enabled American Forests to plant more than 25,000 trees in reforestation projects stretching from Minnesota to Oregon.

    Learn more about  Tempcell™ ECO online, or view the complete the findings from the 2020 Temperature Control Packaging Sustainability report here.

     

    About Softbox Systems

    Softbox Systems is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for more than 25 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, India and Asia Pacific.

    Softbox Systems has formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialized products.