RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Marken announced today the opening of a new operational hub in Chicago, Illinois. The new hub expands Marken's capabilities in the US Northeast region by joining the existing New York, Boston and Philadelphia locations.
With convenient access to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, Marken's Chicago team will strengthen relationships with its pharmaceutical clients and provide more operational flexibility within the Marken network. The new location will work in concert with its clients and investigator sites to collect and ship drug products, clinical trial materials and biological samples. The Chicago station will also facilitate the growing demand for direct to patient services and reliable handling of cell and gene therapy materials. The opening of Marken's sixth facility in the US is consistent with the company's strategy to grow with the demand for more complex clinical services. Julia Tarasenko, Regional Director, US North East & Canada Operations, said this about the new location, "We are very pleased to be able to expand our footprint and open a new Marken facility in Chicago. By adding Chicago to our New York, Boston and Philadelphia operational centers, we are building a stronger and more nimble network in the United States. We will now be closer to our clients in the Chicago area and offer them the same high-touch, personalised services they have come to expect from us." The Chicago branch brings the total number of Marken logistics locations to 45, including 10 wholly-owned and dedicated GMP depots built specifically for the clinical trial industry. About Marken Marken is the only patient-centric supply chain organization 100% dedicated to the pharmaceutical and life sciences industries. Marken maintains the leading position for Direct to Patient services and biological sample shipments and offers a state-of-the-art GMP-compliant depot network and logistic hubs in 45 locations worldwide for clinical trial material storage and distribution. Marken's more than 650 staff members manage 50,000 drug and biological shipments every month at all temperature ranges in more than 150 countries. Additional services such as biological kit production, ancillary material sourcing, storage and distribution, shipment lane verification and qualifications, as well as GDP, regulatory and compliance consultancy add to Marken's unique position in the pharma and logistics industry.