Pelican BioThermal, the global name in temperature controlled packaging, is celebrating the 15th anniversary of its award-winning Original Golden Hour container. The company’s flagship product, which was recognized in 2003 as part of the U.S. Army’s Greatest Inventions program, has gone on to shape future product development, influencing the full range of Pelican BioThermal reusable and single-use products.
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"We developed the Original Golden Hour to address a critical need facing our military personnel — how to make blood available to treat the critically wounded within the crucial first hour after injury,” explained Kevin Lawler, Pelican BioThermal VP of sales, “Today, the technology behind this product allows us to provide reliable temperature control not only for blood on the battlefield, but also for life-saving civilian applications, including the transport of biologics and temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals for clinical trials and commercial distribution."
In 2003, Pelican BioThermal responded to a U.S. Army request for proposal seeking a way to store blood and platelets to aid emergency medics saving lives on the battlefield. The answer, the Original Golden Hour container, was subsequently included as part of the 2003 U.S. Army’s Greatest Inventions program by the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM) Public Affairs office.
“If you can make sure that someone doesn’t bleed out by giving a resupply of blood right there, you’ve exponentially impacted the ability to save that soldier's life,” said sixteenth chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, retired U.S. Marine general, Peter Pace, who also serves as chairman of the board for Pelican Products, “It truly makes a difference on the battlefield. And that’s as true today as it was 15 years ago.”
Patented Golden Hour Technology provides superior thermal protection for high value temperature-sensitive payloads between 2 and 1686 liters, from -50ºC to 25°C for up to seven days (168 hours). Today, Golden Hour Technology is integral to all of the company’s products, including reusable products like the Crēdo Cube shipper and the Crēdo ProMed series, as well as the Chronos range of single-use shippers.
In recognition of this milestone, Original Golden Hour will be on display during two events taking place this month: Special Operations and Medical Association Scientific Assembly (SOMSA), taking place May 13-16 in Charlotte, NC and Special Operations Forces Industry Conference (SOFIC), taking place May 21-24 in Tampa, FL. Champions of the product will also be on hand during the events to discuss its evolution and new applications.