How to Prevent Damage to Biomaterials During Shipment

Wed, Feb 20, 2019 | By Sue Blecman, Senior Director, Business Development, Cryoport

We’re often asked by our clients what packaging and containment materials should be used to help prevent damage to their shipment contents.

In reviewing shipper “packouts” with clients for upcoming studies or when planning for commercialization, their questions are often centered around physical and regulatory considerations, or challenges they have experienced first-hand such as:

  • Contents not arriving securely due to transport handling
  • Content leakage at refrigerated or ambient temps
  • Breakage of blood bag contents in corners or other areas of the bag
  • Breakage when removing the bag upon arrival

The underlying concern is how can their valuable temperature-controlled biomaterials be protected, remain intact, and maintain integrity during transport and upon receipt?


Below are some considerations when determining the appropriate packout for your shipments including:

  • What is the primary packaging (e.g. vials, blood bags, tubes, bottles)?
  • What is the secondary packaging (e.g. cassette, cryobox, transport bag)?
  • Are the sizes for both above a proper fit, or off-the-shelf and not the best fit where contents can slide, are not secure, and could be potentially damaged or break during shipment?
  • Labeling considerations for Primary and Secondary packaging (viewable, which packaging requires labeling, regulatory requirements, adequate adherence for the temperature band)
  • What containment will go around the primary/secondary packaging?
  • Are the materials infectious and how does this affect regulatory requirements related to packaging?
  • Does your packaging include absorbent or protective material required inside and/or outside the primary or secondary packaging? 
  • What is the appropriate shipper size for the dimensions of the final package?

With the many priorities that need to be addressed to initiate clinical studies or commercial launches, Cryoport provides Packaging and Accessory services utilizing both in-house expertise and resources, and a host of vendor partners so you can focus on your research, patients and business.

Cryoport's Temperature-Controlled Consulting Services include:

  • Identify and finalize packaging and accessory design requirements
  • Design and create prototypes
  • Manufacture final packaging and containment

In addition, Cryoport’s current offering and development pipeline includes off-the-shelf, proprietary packaging and accessories to make this part of your job easier! Check out our current line of accessories here: Cold Chain Logistics Accessories 

Written by: Sue Blecman, Senior Director, Business Development, Cryoport   

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