History

Pelican BioThermal has a long history of providing the most diverse range of single use and reusable cold chain passive containers for the life sciences industry.

History of Pelican BioThermal

Pelican was founded in 1976 by Dave Parker in Torrance, California. An avid Scuba diver, Parker recognized the need for rugged flashlights and cases that wouldn't leak or fail. So he set out to build a better product than any other on the market. The company grew steadily over the years and in 2004 the company was acquired by private equity firm Behrman Capital.

Meanwhile, in 2000 in the UK, Cool Logistics was founded and rapidly became Europe’s leading supplier of single use pharmaceutical temperature-controlled shipping. Developing a wide range of cost effective, cold chain solutions. Cool Logistics rapidly expanded, introducing the CoolPall™, Sherpa Systems™ and Chronos™ product lines.

In 2004, in the U.S., Minnesota Thermal Science (MTS) was established. Leading with innovative, patented market defining products featuring award-winning reusable passive packaging technology. MTS led in the design of next generation thermal packaging using phase change materials (PCM) and vacuum insulation panels (VIPs) to create the Crēdo™ Cube and Crēdo™ Xtreme.

Seeing an opportunity to widen their product portfolio to include pharmaceutical temperature-controlled packaging, Pelican Products acquired MTS in 2012, adding them to their newly formed BioPharma Division. In 2014 Cool Logistics was acquired, giving Pelican a broad product base through the formation of Pelican BioThermal LLC with a comprehensive range of single use and reusable cold chain passive containers, designed for the global temperature controlled logistics market.