Serving clients for thirty-five years, Marken is uniquely dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences. As it exclusively serves the life sciences industry, its global depot network, infrastructure, team of experts and procedures are all acutely focused on the challenges that sample management for pharmaceutical, biotechnology and clinical research organisations can bring. Temperature controlled solutions include active and passive thermo-regulated packaging, GPS tracking and geo fencing for complete location and temperature monitoring.

Marken’s temperature controlled solutions ensure that shipments always stay within required temperature ranges. As more products enter the market with specific temperature profiles that must be strictly maintained to preserve efficacy. Marken therefore chose a wireless monitoring and alarm system from medical specialists Planer to help them meet those regulations, monitor the critical temperatures and alert them should  any of those temperatures fall out of specification. The system monitors temperatures at their GDP- compliant logistics locations around the world, including refrigerators, freezers and cold storerooms, in temperatures ranging from controlled room temperature to frozen and LN2.

The system, Planer's DATAcentre, provides remote access and visibility to view data from anywhere in the world. Alarms via email, phone calls, text messages and visual and audible alarms all contribute to the security. Because of Marken's worldwide reach, different frequencies have been provided for each major city to ensure compliance with regulations; these include 433M HZ, 868M HZ and 915M HZ.  Repeaters boost the wireless signal across longer distances and the temperature sensors themselves are calibrated to ensure the highest accuracy.

The Planer system was installed and project-managed by Marken and a senior technical manager was trained on the system at Planer's factories near London's Heathrow.  The DATAcentre system, though sophisticated in performance, is user friendly to configure and the system can be operational within a short time. Marken shared the system’s capabilities with their team members and trained their internal users on how to best utilise the programmed features.  

Already installed in Stockholm, Mumbai, Frankfurt, Paris, London, Edinburgh, New York, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Johannesburg and Singapore, Marken plans to extend the system and roll it out to other locations shortly. Their new DATAcentre system sets a high standard for the supply chain logistics industry, ensuring that Marken continues to remain the industry leader in knowledge, client service, and technology updates.

Marken is the only patient-centric supply chain organization 100% dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Marken maintains the leading position for Direct to Patient services and biological sample shipments, and offers a state of the art GMP-compliant depot network and logistic hubs in 43 locations worldwide. Marken’s 630 staff members manage 50,000 drug and biological shipments every month at all temperature ranges in more than 150 countries.  Additional services such as biological kit production, ancillary material sourcing, storage and distribution, shipment lane verification and qualifications, as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy add to Marken’s unique position in the pharma and logistics industry

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