UPS pharma subsidiary Marken expands in Philadelphia

New depot and expanded logistics hub opens near Philadelphia airport to handle drugs and medical substances

Marken has opened a new GMP-compliant facility in Philadelphia to meet increased demand in the region. The connects to the existing logistics hub and is near the Philadelphia International Airport. Through this Marken has increased its logistics warehouse capacity by a factor of four to accommodate the growing client need for clinical drug product, clinical drug substance and medical device storage. 

The new depot facility is fully validated and compliant with FDA's Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) regulations. 

It was designed to accommodate storage of all temperature ranges including: +15 to +25° C controlled ambient storage, +2 to +8° C refrigerated storage, -15 to -25° C frozen storage and -80° C ultra-low freezers.

The depot will offer a full complement of services including receipt, pick and pack, hybrid shipping, returns handling and destruction, re-labeling and inventory reconciliation. Inventory is managed via Marken's customized Solo operating system.

Marken is also planning to add an area for storage of genetically modified organisms (GMO) which are used in the development of gene therapies.  The expanded warehouse will also be fitted with liquid nitrogen filling equipment and a fleet of ultra-low temperature shipping containers which will provide a full-service cell and gene logistics operation.  The existing 24/7 Patient Communications Centre and project management services in Philadelphia will be expanded to accommodate the increased number of complex protocols being handled from this location and the increased demand for direct to patient shipments.

Wes Wheeler, CEO of Marken said, "Our newest facility is a result of the growing business in the Philadelphia area. We are committed to helping our clients deliver clinical trials in an efficient and effective manner, and this facility is a tailored solution for clinical drug handling. By co-locating our newest depot with our existing logistics branch, we are able to provide all our services under one roof for a streamlined and flexible supply chain."

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