World Courier triples clinical trial storage capacity worldwide
20 October 2009
World Courier has opened two purpose-driven investigational
drug storage facilities in Melbourne (Australia) and Johannesburg (South
This brings its network of GMP (good manufacturing practice)-compliant
clinical trial depots to a total of 11 worldwide and providing
cost-effective logistical access to two continents critical to the
global pharmaceutical industry.
“Together these two continents undertake over 15% of current global
clinical trials conducted outside North America, representing an annual
estimated market of almost US $3 billion and a study frequency almost
double that of China and India combined,” says Wayne Heyland, President
and CEO of the World Courier group of companies.
“As clinical research represents the most critical, yet expensive
phase of drug development, demand for more cost-effective outsourcing
options has intensified in recent years, with clients actively
soliciting infrastructure support in emerging and strategic nations.
Given the relative isolation of both locations — as well as their
inherent appeal — our local depots offer a much-needed and highly
cost-efficient ‘one-stop’ logistical alternative for bio-pharmaceutical
companies with demanding clinical trial storage and distribution needs.”
Staffed by full-time licensed pharmacists, both facilities provide
comprehensive logistical solutions for investigational drugs and
trial-related materials in temperature-controlled settings ranging from
-70ºC to +25ºC.
Services include validated storage for drugs, diagnostic kits and
medical devices; round-the-clock access to inventories; transport of all
investigational drugs and supplies from country of origin to depot;
immediate delivery of specified drugs/kits from the depot to in-country
locations; drug return/destruction management; and complete supply chain
All documentation and materials are fully traceable using CTM-STARSM,
World Courier’s proprietary monitoring system which allows customers to
view their inventories 24x7 via live password-protected Internet feed.
“Our solutions have proven highly effective in reducing transport
costs for pharmaceutical customers,” says Mr. Heyland who also reports a
surge in demand which has driven expansion in the company’s existing
storage facilities in Beijing (China), Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore,
India), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Perú), México City (México),
Santiago (Chile) and São Paulo (Brazil). “With these expansions and our
two new locations, we have more than tripled World Courier’s clinical
trial storage capacity,” he confirms.