PLUSS, Apollo LogiSolutions partner for temperature-sensitive vaccine storage boxes
PLUSS Advanced Technologies (PLUSS) in collaboration with Apollo LogiSolutions (part of the Apollo International Group) has set up a 20,000 sq. ft. packaging box facility in Hyderabad that will be used in storing temperature-sensitive vaccines.
These packaging boxes will ensure temperature control for the Sputnik V vaccine.
"With the installation of this facility, the burden of creating a cold chain logistics infrastructure for pharmaceutical companies can be reduced. It also allows optimal use of resources between companies. The boxes come pre-fitted with temperature sensors and monitoring of temperature is seamless," said Samit Jain, CEO, PLUSS in a statement.
The temperature-sensitive vaccine storage boxes, called Celsure, are customizable and maintain the desired temperature without requiring electricity for more than four days. This is achieved due to 'phase change materials' technology used in the packaging boxes. These boxes can be used for temperature-sensitive vaccines, pharmaceuticals, and biologics.
Celsure can maintain temperatures from -70°C to +30°C, in 35 different ranges.
COVID-19 vaccines require temperatures in the range of 15°C to 25°C, -15°C to -25°C, and 2°C to 8°C.
"These applications go to show the versatility of use cases of energy storage," PLUSS stated.
"It serves as a sustainable transport ecosystem with passive cold-chain shippers capable of transportation of vaccines at -20°C coupled with electric recharge stations for rapid regeneration of thermal batteries," the company added.
The Delhi-based company has partnered with pharmaceutical companies across India for transporting their products using Celsure boxes.
PLUSS, has further plans to export the Celsure boxes and its 'phase change materials' to pharma packaging suppliers in Europe and the US.