News | May 14, 2019

Pelican BioThermal To Present Development Of Laboratory Mechanical Testing Protocol For Reusable Thermal Packaging At ISTA Forum

Pelican BioThermal’s findings are intended to lead the industry in assessing the suitability of parcel thermal packaging systems used repeatedly in pharmaceutical distribution

Pelican BioThermal, the global name in temperature-controlled packaging, is testing the durability of reusable parcel thermal packaging systems based on average repeated use. During the upcoming 2019 ISTA Forum, Bill Mayer, director of research and development at Pelican BioThermal, will present the company’s ongoing approach to developing a mechanical test method for reusable passive thermal packaging systems, as one currently doesn’t exist that takes into account the real-world use environment of reusable thermal packaging. Furthermore, the test method also allows for the impact of dynamic use on the thermal performance of the temperature controlled packaging to be assessed.

“Developing a test method and standard for reusable parcel thermal packaging would be groundbreaking,” said Greg Wheatley, Pelican BioThermal vice president of worldwide product development and engineering. “It would give the life sciences industry even more confidence in choosing reusable thermal packaging to reduce costs and advance environmental initiatives.”

The demand for reusable thermal packaging systems is increasing, which has led to questions around how many uses can a particular thermal package physically endure. Development of a mechanical test method that also allows for thermal evaluation would pave the way for innovation solutions that protect the quality of temperature sensitive life sciences products during transport.

The scope of Pelican BioThermal’s developmental study is contained to reusable parcel thermal packaging systems weighing 150 lbs. or less and are designed to be used within the parcel delivery system. The first two phases of the project are complete, and the third phase is currently underway.

“Current standards assess parcel thermal packaging systems during one intense shipment from point A to point B,” said Mayer. “Throughout the development of this new test method, we addressed the challenges of exposing systems to the multi-leg and multi-mode shipping route and more of an average trip with parcel thermal packaging used multiple times.”

Mayer will present Pelican BioThermal’s progress in developing the test method at 4 p.m. on May 14th in Maple rooms 3-5 at the Gaylord Rockies Resort and Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. The ISTA Forum includes two co-located events, TransPack and TempPack. Mayer is among the speakers presenting at TempPack on topics pertaining to global temperature-controlled performance packaging.

Mayer is also part of an industry task force that published a white paper on best practices for reusable passive thermal shippers. The task force, including Mayer, will present their paper’s results during the ISTA TempPack conference at 2:30 PM on May 14th. The white paper can be reviewed and commented on, here.

To learn more about Pelican BioThermal’s products and pioneering innovation, visit

Pelican BioThermal is a division of Pelican Products, Inc., which is a portfolio company of Behrman Capital, a private equity investment firm based in New York and San Francisco.

About Pelican Products
Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance protective cases, temperature controlled packaging solutions, advanced portable lighting systems and rugged gear for professionals and outdoor enthusiasts. Their products are used by professionals in the most demanding markets including fire safety, law enforcement, defense / military, aerospace, entertainment, industrial and consumer. Pelican™ products are designed and built to last a lifetime. The company operates in 21 countries, with 22 international sales offices and six manufacturing facilities around the globe. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli Products, S.LU. For more information, visit or

About Pelican BioThermal
Pelican BioThermal LLC offers the widest range of thermally protected, temperature-controlled packaging and service solutions to the global life sciences industry. The company’s products ensure that delicate biological materials arrive intact and effective, despite exterior environments. Pelican BioThermal is dedicated to developing innovative products designed to fulfill the complex needs of the global life sciences industry. The company’s efforts have received recognition including the U.S. Army’s Greatest Inventions and the Made in Minnesota Manufacturing award for supply chain innovators. The company’s customers benefit from its extensive expertise in ensuring that temperature stability is maintained throughout the distribution chain. The company also offers a complete portfolio of services and software to support end-to-end temperature-controlled packaging asset management. In Europe, the company does business under the name Peli BioThermal Limited. For more information, visit All trademarks are registered and/or unregistered trademarks of Pelican Products, Inc., its subsidiaries and/or affiliates and others.

Source: Pelican BioThermal LLC