CSafe company history

In 1979, the company—then called Energy Storage Technologies—was founded in southwest Ohio by a father and son missionary team. While abroad in underdeveloped countries, they witnessed death and suffering due to the spoilage of life-saving biologics, vaccines, and medicines—spoilage caused by poor temperature management during transit. After returning to the United States, they were determined to address the need for improved cold chain packaging and began developing and manufacturing high-performance (VIP) insulation to ensure that patients around the world would have access to thermally stable, life-enhancing pharmaceuticals.

In 2005, after years of growth and success, the company acquired AcuTemp Thermal Solutions, later merging with CSafe LLC in 2012 to form CSafe Global. In 2016, CSafe Global acquired Kalibox, continuing to broaden its commercial footprint in Europe and expand its portfolio of cold chain packaging solutions.

Today, CSafe Global is the only full-line provider of both active and passive cold chain packaging solutions addressing the temperature management needs of pharmaceutical and life science companies around the globe.

CSafe mission, vision, and promise

  • Mission

    To provide peace of mind through our offering of best-in-class temperature management solutions for the delivery of life-enhancing products.

  • Vision

    To be the indispensable global partner for the successful delivery of temperature-sensitive, life-enhancing products.

  • Promise

    We are committed to protecting what matters most to you so that patients can receive what matters most to them.

CSafe achievements

Our advancements in thermal management and cold chain solutions include:

  • Best-in-class ThermoCor® Vacuum-Insulated Panels (VIP) technology offering nearly 10 times greater thermal protection than competing insulation materials

  • Industry-leading fleet of active air cargo containers equipped with innovative air recirculation and temperature management technologies

  • REPAQ® retest and reuse program maximizing customer value and reducing overall supply chain packaging costs by 40%

  • Preventive Maintenance Rebuild (PMR) program to ensure a fleet of modern, high-performing active containers maintained in peak operating condition

CSafe management team

Patrick Schafer
Chief Executive Officer

Pat Schafer guides strategy development and execution, and is responsible for overall company performance.

Mr. Schafer has held senior-level positions in both the United States and Europe, most recently as CSafe's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, Mr. Schafer was Vice President of Finance for Clopay Plastic Products, a leader in hygienic films and also lived in Dusseldorf, Germany, where he was the Director of Global Finance for the Henkel Chemicals (Cognis) Group. He began his career in public accounting with Coopers and Lybrand.

Pat Schafer has a B.S. degree from Miami University and an M.B.A. from Duke University.

Seth Hertel
Chief Commercial Officer

Seth Hertel guides the sales team in sales automation, process optimization, planning and analysis, and creating programs to drive closer partnerships with our key customers.

Mr. Hertel joins CSafe with deep international management experience, having lived and worked in China, the UK, Singapore, and South Korea. He has over 22 years of experience in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry in key leadership and management roles. Mr. Hertel’s professional background includes leadership roles at Sigma-Aldrich Corporation (Merck KGaA), Barnstead/Thermolyne (ThermoFisher Scientific), Covance (LabCorp) and Roquette.

Seth Hertel has a B.A. in Political Science and Portuguese from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. He continued at UW-Madison and received his M.A. in Portuguese. He completed the dual E.M.B.A. program at Columbia University of NY and the London Business School.

Thomas Weir
Chief Operating Officer

Tom Weir leads CSafe’s engineering, service, supply chain, manufacturing, and quality teams.

Mr. Weir brings more than 15 years of executive experience leading global engineering and operations teams. He has developed extensive expertise leading teams in Europe, Ukraine, Mexico, and Asia. His industry expertise includes aviation, cold chain logistics, payment systems, and clinical trial technology. Throughout his career, Mr. Weir has successfully led transformational strategic initiatives in operations, new product development, manufacturing, and service. His professional background includes technical leadership roles at Boeing, United Technologies (Sensitech division), and Crane Payment Systems (formally MEI).

Tom Weir holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Kansas University and an M.B.A. from Rockhurst University. He also completed executive leadership training at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Emilio Frattaruolo
Vice President of Innovation, Passive Systems

Emilio Frattaruolo is responsible for the long term global strategy of CSafe's Passive Product portfolio and Client Services offerings.

Mr. Frattaruolo brings a unique industry perspective formed over a decade spent providing engineering and operational leadership to both Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Cold Chain Solutions providers. Having functioned as an External Consultant, Internal Subject Matter Expert, and Leader to organizations such as Sanofi Pasteur, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Biogen, he has a deep understanding of Manufacturing, Packaging, and the Clinical and Commercial cold chain distribution process for critical life changing therapies.

Emilio Frattaruolo holds a B.S. Degree in Packaging Science from the Rochester Institute of Technology and is an IoPP Certified Packaging Professional.

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