“The distribution chain is often very long with various carriers handling the packages in many different environments,” says Gupta. “So the ability to track the packages and the temperature at all given points in time is critical to maintain efficacy of the drugs.” AeroSafe’s packaging and re-use business model also substantially reduces its customers’ greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. After its use by the end-user – often a healthcare facility or provider – each package is returned to AeroSafe, which reconditions it and deploys it in the next distribution supply chain. “AeroSafe is essentially renting its boxes out to customers,” says Gupta. “This re-use loop is good for the environment and helpful for the ESG-compliance efforts of its customers.”
Flexstone, a co-investment specialist, first invested in the preferred shares in AeroSafe in 2015 and has participated in further rounds since. The latest round is the largest so far and will help AeroSafe ramp up its production and play a leading role in the global distribution of temperature sensitive drugs, including vaccines to combat COVID-19.
This is a vital service given that many of the vaccines need to be stored and transported at very low temperatures. The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, for instance, must be stored at -70C in order to retain its full efficacy. Moderna has said that its vaccine formula can remain stable at 2-8C for up to 30 days. The investment fits with Flexstone’s guiding philosophy of co-investing only when a deal is within the “sweetspot” of the lead investor. That is, where the lead investor has a specific proven skillset to help grow the business and mitigate downside risk.
In this case, the lead investors in AeroSafe have specific expertise in growth stage companies and those within the healthcare sector. “We are very excited about the growth potential of Aerosafe. It has grown rapidly this year despite the challenges posed by the pandemic. We expect even stronger growth next year as demand for its services to ramps up.”
Based in New York state, AeroSafe largely focused on the US market until recently. Funding rounds have enabled it to expand its services to Europe and Asia through a network of partner relationships.
For further reading:
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- Flexstone's Co-Investment Framework
- Flexstone Partners Sweet Spot Proprietary Framework
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