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Scotland has outstanding logistics, cold chain and packaging capabilities to enable the time-critical shipment of cells and biological products, as well as medical technologies, into and out of the country – so it’s no wonder that we’re responsible for 60% of Europe’s biosafety testing.

Biocair is a specialist logistics provider to the pharmaceutical and biotech industries based in Edinburgh. Don Riach, strategic development director for Biocair, explains the logistics behind the clinical trial services in Scotland.

A Scottish laboratory centre for worldwide clinical trial sample testing

"Approximately 50,000 trial samples are sent every month from hospitals and clinics all over Europe, Middle East and Northern Africa for blood and urine analysis in Scotland. However, to retain sample integrity, the ambient blood samples must reach the central Scotland facility within 48 hours of collection.

"Specialist couriers like us provide bespoke logistics, ensuring time-critical delivery for high-value or irreplaceable samples in dedicated packaging often at controlled temperatures. Around 2,000 of these inbound blood samples per month are shipped by these specialist couriers to this central laboratory in Scotland, with an on-time performance of over 99%.

"In addition, Scotland’s good choice of airlines and routes available from Edinburgh and Glasgow help us achieve 48 hour deliveries outbound to worldwide destinations.

"Lufthansa and KLM fly to Frankfurt and Amsterdam, connecting Edinburgh to hundreds of international destinations around the world. A number of other international airlines, including Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Emirates, United and US Airways, also operate from Scottish airports, connecting Scotland to the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Austrailasia and the Americas.

"In addition to arranging door-to-door inbound movements, we export biological samples, research compounds, active pharmaceutical ingredients and clinical trial research medicines worldwide on behalf of a clinical supplies company. These are sent in validated temperature controlled packaging that is in line with regulatory authority quality guidelines."

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