Logistics Will Prevail
Early collaboration between couriers and manufacturers will be key to overcoming the logistical challenges presented by advanced therapies. Fortunately, history is on our side.
Sam Herbert | | Opinion
It might be hard to imagine a world where cell and gene therapy manufacturing and logistics is fully standardized with little human intervention – all at a reasonable cost. But prior to the 1980s, who could have imagined that it would be possible to ship biological samples across the globe to carry out clinical trials? I think the story of World Courier nicely illustrates how logistics evolves to meet the demands of industry – especially pharma.
Let me take you back to 1969, when James R. Berger, a grain broker from Downtown Manhattan, founded World Courier. He knew that his industry needed a means of rapidly shipping documents to various international points to arrange overseas shipments of grain. The US postal service would take three weeks, even with a first-class stamp. So Jim decided to ship documents on commercial airline flights – and hence World Courier was born.
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