Pelican BioThermal Pedal Power Partner in Global Cycling Challenge

Pelican BioThermal Pedal Power Partner in Global Cycling Challenge

Pelican BioThermal to supply temperature controlled portable medical transport bag for diabetes medication during challenge

Pelican BioThermal, who specializes in the design and manufacturing of temperature controlled packaging serving the life sciences and pharmaceuticals industry, is thrilled to partner in an exciting global cycling challenge, helping raise awareness about diabetes. The company is providing vital equipment necessary for one of the riders in this challenge to transport their insulin during the yearlong cycling quest.

The pedal powered project, called “For A Piece Of Cake,” is an epic two-wheeled challenge being undertaken by riders Chiara Ricciardi and Riccardo Rocchi, who will be riding a total of 18,000 km from Cesena, Italy to Singapore.

The intrepid Italian duo dubbed their project “For A Piece Of Cake” because construction engineer, Ricciardi, has type 1 diabetes and “a slice of cake is an obvious pleasure for many, but an achievement for others”.

The cycling couple will use pedal power to navigate their way through numerous countries and over continents, and aim to complete an average 1,600 km a month. The pedaling pair decided to use bicycles to embark on their expedition, as exercise can help reduce the daily insulin requirement for people like Chiara suffering from type 1 diabetes.

 “The bicycles are a slow means of transport that allow and oblige you to see everything that is on your way, not just to jump from one highlight to another, missing the authenticity of the region,” said Rocchi, a professional photographer. “Also, the bike means daily physical exercise, therefore a healthy lifestyle, for diabetic and non-diabetic people. Chiara does not want to defeat diabetes, but she does want to show that it can be a fellow traveller in every pedal stroke from Cesena to Singapore.”

Tackling some of the toughest terrains, often via routes in remote regions and extreme weather conditions, means Ricciardi has to have her essential diabetes medication and equipment on board her bike throughout the entire epic journey — and ensuring it remains at the right temperature is critical.

To maintain temperature stability for her vital diabetic drugs, Pelican BioThermal has supplied its Crēdo™ ProMed, a robust, temperature controlled portable medical transport bag designed for emergency first responders and medical couriers to ensure protected pharmaceuticals remain intact.

“We are dedicated to not only helping our key partners, but our community at large,” said Adam Tetz, Director of Worldwide Marketing at Pelican BioThermal. “We’re proud that our products can have some part in raising awareness for diabetes, which affects more than 400 million people worldwide.”

During their cycling trek, Ricciardi and Rocchi hope to inspire people living with diabetes and debunk some of the myths related to the condition.

“A safe and reliable method for storing and transporting insulin, like the Crēdo ProMed supplied by Pelican BioThermal, is vital to our trip and our peacefulness,” said Ricciardi. “We know we can rely on it. While on the road, we would like to emphasize the message that a healthy lifestyle and careful therapy can let anyone living with diabetes lead a life full of ambitions.”

The capabilities of Pelican BioThermal’s Crēdo™ ProMed, being utilized by Ricciardi and accompanying her on board her bike, will be put to the test as the cycling duo navigates remote regions, and encounters extreme elements and varying temperatures.

The product is part of Pelican BioThermal’s full suite of products and services, which offer longevity, reusability and sustainability to provide the safe transport of pharmaceuticals, tissue, diagnostics/clinical trials, vaccines and blood samples.

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