Irvine, CA – April 13, 2016 — Cryoport, Inc. (NASDAQ: CYRX) (“Company”), the world’s leading cryogenic logistics company, announced today that it has entered into a strategic partnership with Worthington Industries (NYSE: WOR), maker of cryogenic storage vessels and equipment. Through this partnership, Worthington’s CryoScience by Taylor Wharton business will design and manufacture biostorage and logistics equipment for use in Cryoport’s life sciences cryogenic logistics solutions.
Cryoport’s proprietary cold chain logistics solutions protect frozen life sciences commodities from adverse thermal excursions during clinical development through commercial manufacture; thereby, contributing to increased success in transport and storage and efficacy. Through its recently-acquired CryoScience by Taylor Wharton product line, Worthington manufactures cold chain storage and transport vessels and equipment that provide critically reliable transportation of biological commodities. Jerrell Shelton, CEO of Cryoport, stated, “This strategic arrangement with Worthington’s CryoScience by Taylor Wharton Division is important to Cryoport as Worthington is one of the most important and most competent manufacturers serving our space. With the added competencies Worthington’s CryoScience by Taylor Wharton brings to Cryoport, we can concentrate on further advancing and expanding our cold chain solutions to meet the growing and varied demands for validated cryogenic logistics solutions in the life sciences market. Cryoport’s leading-edge logistics solutions for biopharma, animal health, and reproductive medicine are second to none. In this new age of biology, Cryoport is more than a “nice to have,” it is a strategic consideration. And, with new, innovative, validated solutions enabled by Worthington, we are confident that our partnership will prove to be a great success in the marketplace for both parties.”
As the premier provider of cold chain logistics solutions to the life sciences industry Cryoport is committed to maintaining its leadership and will further enhance its proprietary shippers, information technology and specialized cold chain logistics expertise to continue differentiating its services and providing superior value to clients. This partnership also gives Cryoport the opportunity to expand into other logistics areas such as storage thereby advancing Cryoport’s offerings to clients in the storage and fulfilment areas of logistics.
“Working in tandem with Worthington’s CryoScience by Taylor-Wharton team allows Cryoport to meet the demands of a more diverse clientele through a broader offering which in turn, increases our revenue opportunity as well as provides us the opportunity to rapidly scale to support our clients’ commercialization activities,” said Mark Sawicki, Chief Commercial Officer of Cryoport.
Andrew Pazahanick, Vice President & GM of Worthington’s CryoScience by Taylor-Wharton business added, “This strategic partnership between Cryoport and Worthington will help meet the quality and reliability demands of the growing life sciences industry. Cold chain logistics has become a strategic consideration, as there is an ever-increasing need for cryogenic logistics in the biopharma, animal health, cellular therapy and reproductive medicine markets. We are pleased to align our business with a key cryogenic logistics solution in the life sciences market that provides us immediate access to a distribution platform for our cryogenic products, equipment and services. We believe that Cryoport combines important elements of packaging, information technology and logistics expertise and we are excited to support its efforts to further scale its solutions.”
About Cryoport, Inc.
Cryoport is the premier provider of cryogenic logistics solutions to the life sciences industry through its purpose-built proprietary packaging, information technology and specialized cold chain logistics expertise. The Company provides leading edge logistics solutions for biologic materials, such as immunotherapies, stem cells, CAR-T cells and reproductive cells for clients worldwide. Cryoport actively supports points-of-care, CRO’s, central laboratories, pharmaceutical companies, contract manufacturers and university researchers. For more information, visit www.cryoport.com.
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About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2015 fiscal year sales of $3.4 billion. With the recent acquisition of the CryoScience by Taylor-Wharton product line, Worthington now offers an expanded portfolio of cryogenic storage vessels and related equipment designed for the life sciences markets ranging from 1.5 liter dewars to the largest LABS Series freezer that stores over 94,000 vials. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington employs approximately 10,000 people and operates 82 facilities in 11 countries.
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