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Packaging Technology Group (PTG) Completes Its Line of Thermally Pre-Qualified 2-8°C Shipping Solutions for Vaccines and Biologics

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Packaging Technology Group, Inc (PTG), a leading provider of thermal packaging solutions for the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector, responds to the global pandemic with the launch of its off-the-shelf line of pre-qualified shippers, including an earth-friendly alternative.

As pharmaceutical manufacturers race to respond to the global health crisis with a vaccine, the need to protect any potential vaccine's temperature tolerance remains a priority. According to the WHO (World Health Organization), up to 50% of vaccines are wasted each year, often due to inadequate temperature control in supply chain.

Packaging Technology Group has spent the last 15+ years protecting life-saving medications by designing, engineering, and manufacturing thermal packaging solutions for the world's leading pharmaceutical companies. PTG's engineering team has worked tirelessly to ensure qualified options will be available when it comes time to distribute the vaccine to 8 billion people around the globe, safely.

"Most vaccines require a 2-8°C temperature range, and others could be -80°C. It is essential that any vaccine maintains its required temperature throughout the supply chain,” said Bill Blezard, Chief Executive Officer of PTG. “We are committed to developing packaging designed to improve and simplify shipping solutions for critical temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals and biologics."

The new off-the-shelf line pre-qualified solutions include small, medium, and large shippers that all maintain a temperature profile of 2-8°C for 48-96 hours. Each shipper has a qualified design to perform in the summer and winter seasons. This new line offers clients ease of ordering and will be a superior choice when selecting a supportive thermal shipper for vaccines and new biologics.

The pre-qualified solutions are offered in four different insulating materials, including EPS (expanded polystyrene), Cellulose, VIP (vacuum insulated panels), and PUR (polyurethane). The shippers in the cellulose line are 100% curbside recyclable and certified re-pulpable, which means the entire box can be conveniently disposed of in a standard recycling bin. To date, PTG has saved ~400,000 pounds of EPS from landfills by offering this earth-friendly solution.

ABOUT PTG: PTG designs, engineers, and manufactures sustainable, thermal shipping and packaging solutions for the biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector. Established in 2005 as a faith-based organization, PTG remains privately held by its founder, ensuring an active and vibrant culture steeped in the company's foundational principles, traditions, and values. Headquartered in Fall River, Massachusetts, the company maintains a strong commitment to the community.

For more information on PTG's line of pre-qualified solutions, contact Kelly Cinelli, Director of Marketing at

Publication date: 01/10/2020

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This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.