Joe Newell joins board of directors as part of the company’s ongoing commitment to improving the cell and gene therapy supply chain
DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 23, 2022 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Joe Newell has been appointed to the company’s board of directors. With this appointment the Board will comprise 9 directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Joe to the CSafe board,” said CSafe CEO and board member, Patrick Schafer. “His vast experience from across the biopharma industry, including his deep understanding of the cell and gene therapies space, will be invaluable to CSafe as we grow our business in that sector and further our mission to safely deliver life-enhancing products to patients.”
“Joe is a pivotal addition to our board,” said Bill Mitchell, CSafe Chairman of the Board and Executive in Residence for Frazier Healthcare Partners. “Expanding our portfolio to meet the unique needs of the cell and gene therapy market has been a core strategic focus for CSafe. Joe’s expert guidance in this space will help accelerate our expansion of a truly client-centric solution.”
Mr. Newell has spent his near 30-year career in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. He most recently served as Chief Operations Officer for Atara Biotherapeutics, a pioneer in allogeneic T-cell immunotherapies for patients with serious diseases including hematologic cancers, autoimmune disease and solid tumors. At Atara he oversaw Process Sciences, Manufacturing, Quality, Program Management, Alliance Management, and Enterprise Services. Prior to joining Atara, Mr. Newell held leadership roles in manufacturing, operations, supply chain and logistics for multiple industry-leading drug development and pharma services organizations, including Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Amgen, Catalent Pharma Services and Cardinal Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona.
“I am extremely excited to join the CSafe Global board and work with a seasoned and highly successful executive team,” said Newell. “Csafe is a mission driven company that leads with core values that I appreciate and a true passion for quality and service. The company is well-positioned to deliver an unmatched, holistic cell and gene therapy cold chain portfolio solution and distribution network to help ensure these critical life-saving therapies can reach the patients who need them.”
Brody McCullough, CPA, joins CSafe Global as VP of Finance as the company begins integration of Softbox Systems following acquisition
DAYTON, Ohio, Feb. 8, 2022 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Brody McCullough, CPA has joined the company as Vice President of Finance.
Mr. McCullough brings more than a decade of diverse experience in accounting and finance ranging from traditional corporate finance to financial planning and analysis (FP&A), transformation and integration. McCullough began his career with EY in their assurance practice. In 2012, shortly after their IPO, McCullough joined Vantiv, a payment processing company and technology provider. During his tenure, McCullough held several finance leadership roles including establishing a global synergy governance program for the Vantiv acquisition of Worldpay, driving significant value creation for the company. When FIS acquired Worldpay in 2019, he was tapped to lead the FP&A integration with a focus on process efficiency, policy alignment and future-state organizational structure. Most recently, he served as the finance lead for FIS’ Technology Development organization.
In his new role with CSafe, McCullough will focus on driving financial and business analytics to enable strategic decisions relevant to capital planning/investment, product roadmaps, development resource capacity and demand prioritization. He will also lend his considerable expertise in the acquisition process to CSafe’s ongoing integration with Softbox Systems as part of CSafe’s senior leadership team.
“This is a critical time for our business and making data-driven decisions for future development and investment is essential. Brody’s expertise in FP&A technology and analytics will help us generate a holistic view of potential investments in new products and locations as our business grows,” said CSafe CEO, Patrick Schafer of the decision to add the new role. “His experience with acquisitions and integrations is a timely bonus that will certainly benefit the process.”
Mr. McCullough earned his bachelor’s in accounting, finance and management from the University of Kentucky and is a certified public accountant.
CSafe Global makes strategic addition to its senior leadership team bringing Bridget Johnson on board as the SVP of Marketing
DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 20, 2022 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Bridget Johnson has joined the company’s senior leadership team as Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Ms. Johnson brings to CSafe more than 25 years of upstream and downstream marketing expertise, having led multiple global marketing teams for industry-leading biopharma and life sciences organizations. In this newly created role, she will lead CSafe’s integrated global marketing strategy, including development of global brand and portfolio positioning, thought leadership, omnichannel demand generation, and an enhanced digital client experience.
Creation of the role was driven by CSafe’s aggressive long-term strategy. The company has consistently delivered strong year-over-year growth and has increased its share in the rapidly growing pharmaceutical cold chain market. In December, CSafe completed the acquisition of Softbox Solutions, a leader in passive shipping solutions. The combined company has the most comprehensive suite of thermal shipping solutions in the market.
“Our rapid growth, combined with our recent acquisition of Softbox, necessitated the need to add a highly experienced marketing executive to help us reach the next level of market leadership,” said CSafe CEO, Patrick Schafer of the decision to add the new role.
“Bridget has considerable experience in both the pharmaceutical and life science industries, having built and led multiple world-class marketing organizations,” Schafer continued. “Her expertise in strategy, branding and demand generation is a perfect combination to help move CSafe into the future.”
Prior to joining CSafe Global, Ms. Johnson held global marketing leadership roles with Thermo Fisher Scientific, Covance Laboratories and Baxter International. In her most recent role as Vice President of Global Marketing at Metabolon, she was responsible for portfolio and product marketing, demand generation and reputation management globally. Ms. Johnson earned her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and her BA in Journalism from Marquette University.
“CSafe and the cold chain industry have huge potential for growth,” said Johnson. “It’s an exciting time to join the company and help make an impact.”
CSafe now offers real-time visibility and online ordering for VIP Parcel and Cell & Gene Solutions.
DAYTON, Ohio, Jan. 5, 2022 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, announced today it has expanded its real-time shipment visibility platform and technology to the company’s VIP Parcel and Cell & Gene portfolios.
Customers who choose to include a monitoring device in their VIP thermal shippers, will have 24/7 access to real-time data and the option to receive alerts via email, SMS or in the platform for:
- Payload temperature
- Route deviation / delay
- Ambient temperature
- Ambient humidity
- Shock event
- Tilt event
The online ordering and visibility platform built in collaboration with Cloudleaf, Inc. has been designed to work seamlessly with CSafe’s Retest & Reuse program. Additional features and benefits include:
- Place and track new orders
- View historic order data
- Simplify tracking by connecting multiple shipment legs with composite shipment features
- Customize real-time alerts
- Customize and save locations for routes
- Access historical shipments
- Receive GDP compliant standard shipment report
CSafe customers who don’t take advantage of the real-time monitoring in VIP Parcel solutions will still have access to the online ordering platform and the ability to track parcel shipments in one place with integrated carrier milestone tracking for approved carriers.
“This completes the next major milestone in this innovation initiative, and I am pleased with the service we are now able to offer our VIP Parcel and Cell & Gene customers,” said Patrick Schafer, CSafe CEO. “With this system in place, we are well-positioned to serve any customer need and provide full transparency for their shipments.”
DAYTON, Ohio, US and LONG CRENDON, Buckinghamshire, UK, December 15, 2021 – CSafe Global, the leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, announced today that it has acquired Softbox Systems, a provider of passive temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical, life science and cold chain logistics industries, significantly enhancing CSafe’s passive product portfolio. Together, they will provide the most comprehensive suite of thermal shipping solutions and become a one-stop-shop for all pharmaceutical cold chain shipping needs, enabling delivery of critical temperature-sensitive products, including next generation biologics, cell and gene therapy, and mRNA therapies such as the COVID-19 vaccine.
The combined company, which will operate globally under the CSafe brand, will be the only cold chain platform with an end-to-end active air cargo and passive temperature-controlled packaging business spanning the complete spectrum of cold chain shipping solutions for the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Softbox’s well-regarded brands in the passive container space, such as SilverSkin, Silverpod and Tempcell, complement CSafe’s leading active product portfolio, particularly within air cargo. The acquisition will unlock opportunities for innovation as well as enhance CSafe’s sustainable and eco-friendly offerings, with new reusable and recyclable pallet and parcel solutions.
Around the globe, a large industry pipeline of life-saving pharmaceutical therapies with strict temperature profiles is accelerating the need for reliable, temperature-controlled shipping solutions. Moreover, future pharmaceutical advances will require a new generation of qualified fit-for-purpose packaging, along with sophisticated tracking technology, that also helps customers meet their sustainability and recycling goals.
“Through this combination, we will be the partner of choice for cold chain delivery of high value, temperature sensitive pharmaceutical therapies. Both CSafe and Softbox have proven to be reliable partners for customers seeking a secure way to deliver their life-enhancing products around the world,” said Patrick Schafer, CSafe CEO. “We’re thrilled to now offer our customers a platform that provides everything from the highest quality packaging to AI-enabled thermal and kinetic monitoring and logistics management.”
“Our businesses are each rooted in a commitment to excellent customer service and high product quality, which made this combination a natural fit,” said Kevin Valentine, CEO of Softbox. “Together we will proudly continue to partner with our global Pharmaceutical customers to devise and deliver the best solutions for their evolving cold chain shipping needs, supporting the delivery of temperature sensitive lifesaving medicines and vaccines.
“With the addition of Softbox’s product portfolio, CSafe strengthens its global infrastructure across air and ground while expanding its offerings for parcel delivery, all supported by the most advanced technology infrastructure,” said Todd Abbrecht, Co-CEO of Thomas H. Lee Partners, which first invested in CSafe in 2016. “We see an incredible opportunity for the combined company to serve as the international partner of choice for cold chain shipping solutions and remain on the forefront of innovation in the industry.”
“The acquisition of Softbox advances CSafe’s strategy to be the leading cold chain solutions provider with a full suite of products and services to meet the needs of its pharmaceutical customers around the globe,” said Ben Magnano, Co-Managing Partner of Frazier Healthcare Partners. “CSafe is an excellent platform to build upon and we, alongside our partners at THL, will continue to make investments to further strengthen the Company’s leadership position in pharmaceutical cold chain.”
As part of the acquisition, Softbox CEO Kevin Valentine will assume the role of president of CSafe’s Passive Temperature Controlled Packaging Division.
Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
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About CSafe Global
CSafe Global provides end-to-end thermal shipping solutions to the pharmaceutical and life science industries worldwide. An industry innovator, CSafe is the only provider of both active and passive solutions and offers AI-enabled lease forecasting to ensure active container availability and real-time shipment visibility for active and passive containers. CSafe provides industry-leading maintenance and reuse programs ensuring superior product performance and alignment with customer sustainability objectives. With a presence in 150 countries, 24/7 support and 100% container availability, CSafe is well-positioned to be the partner of choice in the cold chain. csafeglobal.com
Softbox is an award-winning temperature control packaging innovator that has been designing and producing high performance passive temperature control packaging solutions for over 25 years. We offer consistent quality to our clients from our strategically located global manufacturing sites throughout Europe, Americas, India and Asia Pacific.
We have formed long standing partnerships with the world’s leading pharmaceutical, clinical research, biotech and logistics companies, and apply innovative thinking to overcome the challenges that our clients face in managing the Cold Chain when shipping temperature sensitive clinical trial and commercialised products.
For more information about Softbox, visit www.softboxsystems.com
About Thomas H. Lee Partners
Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. (“THL”) is a premier private equity firm investing in middle-market growth companies exclusively in three sectors: Financial Services, Healthcare, and Technology & Business Solutions. THL couples deep sector expertise through our Identified Sector Opportunity (“ISO”) process with dedicated internal operating resources from our Strategic Resource Group (“SRG”) to transform and build great companies of lasting value in partnership with management. The Firm’s domain expertise and resources help to build great companies with an aim to accelerate growth, improve operations and drive long-term sustainable value. Since 1974, THL has raised more than $30 billion of equity capital, invested in over 160 companies and completed more than 500 add-on acquisitions representing an aggregate enterprise value at acquisition of over $210 billion. For more information, please visit www.thl.com.
About Frazier Healthcare Partners:
Founded in 1991, Frazier Healthcare Partners is a leading provider of growth and venture capital to healthcare companies. With over $7 billion in total capital raised, Frazier has invested in more than 200 companies with transaction types ranging from buyouts of profitable healthcare services companies to venture capital and company creation. Frazier has a philosophy of partnering with strong management teams while leveraging its internal operating resources and network to build exceptional companies. Frazier has offices in Seattle, WA, and Menlo Park, CA, and invests broadly across the U.S., Canada, and Europe. For more information about Frazier Healthcare Partners, visit www.frazierhealthcare.com.
Sean Joyce will support new and existing passive and small active customers across the Americas as Director of Passive Parcel Sales based in Illinois.
DAYTON, Ohio, October 19, 2021 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Sean Joyce has officially joined the company as Director of Life Science Sales – Americas for their Parcel portfolio of products.
“With more than 20 years’ experience in the cold chain packaging industry, Sean has a wealth of knowledge at his disposal to help customers solve their complex shipping challenges,” said Gidius van den Eng, CSafe Global senior director of global passive parcel sales. “His dedication to superior service combined with his considerable expertise make Sean a perfect fit for CSafe and our customers.”
Prior to CSafe, Joyce held a variety of sales and leadership positions with multiple packaging and cold chain shipping solution providers where he consistently set company records and built high-performing teams.
Mr. van den Eng also noted that “CSafe takes great care in our recruitment process to ensure we hire individuals who will drive our company mission and truly enhance the customer experience. I am confident Sean will excel in both regards.”
To speak with Sean Joyce or learn more about CSafe Parcel products and services, you can reach him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. For 24/7 customer support, call +1 937 245 6350 (prompt 2) or email email@example.com.
Ravindra Rao will focus supporting new and existing customers across India as Director of Life Science Sales based in Bangalore.
CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Ravindra Rao has officially joined the company as Director of Life Science Sales – India.
“Ravindra brings more than 25 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical and life sciences industry in India and has a deep understanding of customer environments, workflows and business processes,” said Scott Garchar, CSafe Global senior director of life sciences – Asia Pacific. “He will be a tremendous resource and asset to CSafe customers across the country and we are thrilled to have him on board.”
Rao comes to CSafe from Cytiva (formerly GE-Life Sciences) where he served as the commercial general manager for south Asia managing business from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan and Maldives. Prior to his 12 years with Cytiva, he held varying sales roles at companies such as Toshvin Analytical and Bio-Rad Laboratories India Ltd.
Garchar went on to say that “CSafe takes considerable time and effort to hire people who not only support our mission of helping deliver effective medicines to patients, but who also have the knowledge and ingenuity to help our clients overcome their biggest challenges in cold chain logistics. Ravindra exceeds our expectations in both areas and look forward to seeing him help our customers in India flourish.”
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The 16,000 square-foot facility expansion will allow CSafe to hold more active containers in inventory to meet customer demands in ORD.
DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 31, 2021 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, continues expanding to meet customer demand with a move to a new location in Chicago that more than triples the size of their former location in the area.
The Chicago facility provides 23,000 square-feet of newly constructed warehouse space for CSafe RKN and RAP storage and operations. “Chicago is a crucial hub for a number of air cargo lanes internationally and domestically. Expanding from 7,000 to 23,000 square-feet allows us to hold and service significantly more active containers to meet current and future customer demand,” noted Tom Weir, CSafe COO.
The new Chicago service center – now the largest CSafe Global location in the United States – is fully operational and serving CSafe customers from 07:30 to 16:00 daily. CSafe continues expanding its presence worldwide by investing in best-in-class facilities to provide the best service possible to customers in their local area.
CSafe Global is investing further in the customer experience with the addition of Ron Trainer as the Director of Customer Service.
DAYTON, Ohio, Aug. 18, 2021 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Ron Trainer has officially joined the organization as Director of Customer Service.
“CSafe has always been heavily focused on service excellence. In hiring Ron we have continued to invest in providing outstanding customer support to our customers. Ron has a proven track record in leading, building and implementing world class service operations,” explained Tom Weir, COO for CSafe Global. “Ron has been leading customer support teams to deliver industry-leading customer experiences for nearly 20 years. His focus on customer experience and retention, talent development and mentoring align perfectly with our strategy for the future. I am delighted to have Ron on board to lead our team into this next phase of CSafe’s journey of success.”
Trainer has had an extensive career leading teams in the technology sector most recently as head of customer support and success for Xplor Technologies where he developed an end-to-end customer journey for more than 22,000 customers. As the Director, Global Service Model for 1WorldSync, Trainer developed the vision and strategy for the global customer experience. In his new role at CSafe, he will be responsible for all aspects of customer satisfaction and care, including the design and implementation of the global customer service and success strategies.
“The thermal shipping solutions industry has made vast advances since the beginning of 2020 and the opportunity to contribute to future enhancements and lead a team that will help safely deliver vaccines and life-saving therapies to people around the world is thrilling,” said Trainer. “I can’t wait to get started and see how the team can improve the CSafe customer experience as the industry grows.”
Mie Mie Aung will take responsibility for CSafe Global customers across the eastern half of the U.S. as Director of Life Science Sales based in Miami.
DAYTON, Ohio, June 30, 2021 – CSafe Global, the innovation leader in temperature-controlled container solutions for the transport of life-enhancing pharmaceuticals, announced today that Mie Mie Aung has officially joined the company as Director of Life Science Sales – U.S. East.
“Mie Mie brings an extensive background the pharmaceutical and cell therapy industry as well as supply chain making her an ideal advisor and partner for CSafe customers,” said Boris Eterovic, CSafe Global senior director of life sciences – Americas.
Born in Rangoon, Burma and raised in Southeast Asia, Aung came to the U.S. as a university student. With a B.S. in biology and a master’s in pharmacology, she started her career at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in hospital sales, then field marketing, supporting the regional sales teams. After more than a decade with AstraZeneca, Aung moved on to head global supply chain for Grunenthal Pharmaceuticals. Prior to joining CSafe, Aung began a regenerative wellness practice focused on stem cell therapies.
“CSafe strives to build a team of experienced individuals focused on delivering for customers and patients,” Eterovic continued. “Mie Mie’s deep expertise in both pharmaceuticals, supply chain and building her own regenerative wellness business gives her unique insights into the best ways to support our customers and help ensure the safe delivery of their products.”
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