World Courier: A global leader in speciality pharmaceutical logistics

World Courier, a stalwart in the logistics industry, has been dedicated to creating healthier futures for people and communities worldwide. Our purpose is deeply rooted in our responsibility to increase access to healthcare on a global scale. We do this by designing, optimizing, and implementing supply chain programs for the transport, storage, and distribution of time-sensitive and temperature-sensitive products. These services are delivered through a unified global logistics platform that adheres to the highest quality standards.

Comprehensive commercial supply chain capabilities

Our commercial supply chain capabilities (CSC) span across several key areas from preclinical research all the way through to post-launch phases. This includes an array of services such as pre-and clinical transport, cell and gene therapy logistics, direct-to-patient services, storage and distribution solutions, laboratory logistics, and comparator sourcing. Each of these services is designed with precision to ensure that our clients' products reach their destinations safely and efficiently.

Over 50 years of trustworthy service

With over half a century's worth of experience handling mission-critical consignments, world courier has built an unparalleled reputation for trustworthiness. Our global logistics operations are delivered by local market experts who work in their own language, ensuring best-in-class service that resonates with local nuances while maintaining international standards.

Commercial supply chain in numbers

  1. Based on World Courier 2021 data
  2. Orphan drug market share: EvaluatePharma® Orphan Drug Report – Accessed April 2022
  3. CMOs Forecast: GlobalData Report Contract Pharmaceutical Dose Manufacturing Industry: Composition, Size, Market Share and Outlook – 2021 Edition – Accessed April 2022

Adherence to international standards

At World Courier, we adhere strictly to the highest international standards of quality control and environmental care. All our offices across the globe follow the same standard operating procedures (SOPs) and quality management system (eQMS). As a result of this meticulous adherence to quality norms, we can deliver consistent service across all regions. In fact, we hold good distribution practice (GDP) certification against three major global standards — EU, U.S., and the World Health Organization (WHO) — making us fully ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 compliant.

Innovative packaging solutions

We offer innovative packaging solutions that not only meet but exceed client expectations. Our approach is consultative; we tailor solutions according to individual missions. We have process expertise that ensures first-to-last-mile delivery upholds exacting standards. Moreover, we provide a comprehensive range of solutions including our own innovative offerings; cost efficiency due to economies of scale on packaging returns and storage.

Four reasons to choose our packaging solutions

Specialty drug logistics market support

In the specialty drug logistics market, we support various stages such as sourcing and manufacturing logistics for raw materials and intermediates; launch logistics for specialty drugs and biosimilars; global clinical trial logistics for pre-clinical samples and clinical supplies during different phases; individual logistic solutions throughout lifecycle of a specialty drug considering its volatile demand. World Courier's commitment to advancing development and delivery of pharmaceuticals ensures speed to market by leveraging our knowledge transfer from global clinical trial logistics into launching high-value low-volume drugs in commercial markets.

World Courier in action: Tailoring a precise delivery schedule

Our role in commercializing a groundbreaking biologic treatment

Situation: Drug development is a complex, multinational process involving multiple partners. This case involved two developers and a manufacturer working on a first-in-class biologic drug, requiring precise logistics for shipping active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).

The existing logistics provider could not guarantee strict delivery times, posing significant financial risks. Therefore, the client approach us thanks to our reputation as having the capabilities to handle the intricate supply chain demands and ensure product integrity during transshipment


Solution: Our solution for managing shipments of APIs to a CDMO involved a dedicated network, operational expertise, and a container-agnostic closed loop shipping cycle. By leasing reusable temperature-controlled shippers, we ensured the CDMO received a regular supply of APIs according to schedule.

Our approach included redundant containers to minimize risk, and all containers were subject to inspection and quality control during transit. This solution reduced risk, ensured compliance, and efficiently managed costs.

Outcome: The formulation approved to treat a chronic and debilitating immune disorder of the skin is now globally distributed, bringing relief to countless patients.

Our container-agnostic network and operations enabled the partnership to deliver this superior treatment. Our flexibility and white-glove service facilitate strategic commercial partnerships with drug developers, ensuring fast access to markets and patients in need.

Strengthening partnerships for robust specialty drug supply chains

The increasing sensitivity of drugs, raw material supply disruptions, demand for cold chain and ever more complicated choreography during manufacture mean the storing and transporting of pharmaceutical products is more intricate than ever.

Our checklist, titled Top tips for procurement: How to specify your commercial supply chain logistics requirements, has been meticulously assembled to aid you in detailing your commercial supply chain logistics needs. Utilizing these tips will pave the way towards fostering a robust and efficient partnership with your logistics provider.

About Pharma Supply Chain and Logistics Innovation Programme 2024

Pharma Supply Chain and Logistics Innovation programme is a promising conference of World BI, focusing on different aspects of supply chain challenges especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Get to know how supply chain professionals ensure the agility and visibility of the complex supply chains with the technological advancements in the world nowadays. Implement the robust supply chain plans as forecasted and monitoring the distribution network, keeping in mind the last mile delivery and patient centricity.

10th Pharma Supply Chain and Logistics Innovation Programme to be held in Movenpick Hotel Basel, Switzerland on 15-16 May 2024.

11th Pharma Supply Chain and Logistics innovation Programme to be held in San Francisco, California on 22-23 October 2024.

This year Pharma Supply Chain and Logistics Innovation programme will come up with new flavors discussing all the challenges for a disrupted supply chain post covid, supply chain management and supply chain differentiation covering technological advancements. This conference is a blend of discussions featuring end-end supply chain, supply chain optimization, product security & authentication and regulatory compliance.

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