Kevin O’Donnell, Senior Partner, Exelsius Cold Chain Management -US
Kevin previously held the position of Director and Technical Advisor to Industry for ThermoSafe Brands, the world-leading packaging provider for time- and temperature-sensitive healthcare products. Prior to his time at ThermoSafe, Kevin was a Principle Packaging Engineer at Abbott Laboratories Global Pharmaceutical Division. His 26-year career at Abbott included more than 20 years of temperature assurance packaging experience. He retired from Abbott in 2005.
As an engineer, author and educator, Kevin’s 32-years of experience has centered on continuously improving transport packaging, logistics and distribution within the pharmaceutical industry. He is recognized internationally as a key opinion leader and devotes much of his time to promoting and implementing good cold-chain distribution practices and has co-authored many key regulatory and guidance documents used throughout this segment of te industry.
Kevin was recently named one of the "Temperature Controlled Logistics Leaders for 2012" by the International Quality & Productivity Center's Temperature Control Logistics & Quality Network, an international industry peer group recognizing 15 of the most influential and inspiring thought leaders in global pharmaceutical supply chain.
His most recent activities include:
- Chair, International Air Transport Association (IATA) Time & Temperature Task Force (2008-2012);
- Expert Committee Member for Packaging, Storage and Distribution, United States Pharmacopeia Convention: (2010-2015 cycle);
- Temporary Advisor and Mentor, World Health Organization;
- Member of the ISTA Thermal Council.
A prolific writer, Kevin has published dozens of papers and articles in numerous publications on the topic of cold-chain management for healthcare products. He is a regular contributing editor to Contract Pharma Magazine, producing the monthly column “Advanced Degrees.” On the social media side, he has created and hosts the only blog site dedicated to pharmaceutical cold-chain distribution called “ClutchCargo.us” http://www.clutchcargo.us/blog an open discussion forum on all matters related to cold-chain.