Written by: Artug Acar
Any business's success relies heavily on its supply chain, whether a busy cafe or a complex manufacturing facility. Consider a high-end restaurant with talented chefs and a stunning atmosphere, but what happens if the ingredients are delivered late? The supply chain is critical to the operation's success. Or consider the automotive manufacturing sector experiencing chip shortages — not only does this harm profits, but it also damages brand reputations.
Every industry leans heavily on a seamless supply chain. Therefore, the saying — everything is logistics, and logistics is everything. Specific sectors are more vulnerable to supply chain disruptions, significantly affecting healthcare and life sciences.
Logistics becomes even more critical in healthcare and life sciences as timely deliveries and meticulous handling can mean the difference between life and death.
Clinical trials, for instance, are the building blocks of healthcare breakthroughs. But what if a crucial chemotherapy drug, pivotal for a trial, faces delivery challenges? The transportation of sensitive medical products, such as COVID tests during the recent pandemic, underpins the delicacy of this sector. Failing to transport temperature-sensitive tests properly can undo months of hard work and research in an instant.
When the pandemic started, life sciences companies rushed to develop vaccines to stop COVID-19. The problem was keeping the researchers safe, working non-stop in the labs while they were also at risk of exposure and, ultimately, unable to continue their meaningful research. One of the leading research companies contacted our Mercury team asking for assistance.
The client needed to ensure that their scientists were free of COVID-19 before returning to the laboratory to start the vaccine research. Our team promptly formulated a strategy and delivered COVID-19 test kits to the employees' residences. We arranged sample collections and ensured secure transportation to the laboratory, allowing the client to identify workers who could safely work on the vaccine development.
The advancement of cell and gene therapies has brought about new challenges in the healthcare and life sciences industry. These therapies constitute living cells that must be carefully handled to maintain effectiveness. Supply chains must adopt automation, robotics, and specialized packaging to overcome these challenges and revolutionize the healthcare sector. By incorporating these innovative technologies, supply chains can ensure the safe and efficient handling of these fragile therapies, ultimately improving patient outcomes.
Rapid life science strides guide a heightened need for skillful, evolutionary logistics solutions. With global shipping volumes rising and the inevitable challenges they bring, these vital innovations must reach their intended destinations. Companies can focus on scientific advancement by partnering with Mercury, assuring uncompromised shipments even during logistics upheavals.
This complex logistical process involves more than just moving items from one location to another; it requires technology, timing, and trust coordination. Especially in healthcare and life sciences, where timeliness can mean the difference between life and death, having a partner like Mercury becomes imperative.
Mercury is a global logistics leader specializing in safely shipping healthcare and life sciences products across continents with innovative cold chain solutions, real-time tracking capabilities, and customized packaging. We are certified as ISO 9001:2015 compliant, indicating careful monitoring, measurement, and control for continuous service improvement.