UPS to acquire life sciences logistics provider Marken

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UPS has entered into a definitive purchase agreement to acquire Marken, a global provider of supply chain solutions for the life sciences industry.

The transaction, which provides UPS with growth opportunities across the life sciences customer base, is expected to close by December 31, 2016, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals. Terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

Clinical trials require strict regulatory compliance and streamlined logistics services with a global reach. Marken operates a global network of clinical supply chain services to meet the complex demands of its clients. The acquisition of Marken follows multiple UPS acquisitions that have expanded the company’s healthcare logistics services portfolio.

Teresa Finley, chief marketing and business services officer, UPS, said, “Healthcare logistics is a strategic market for UPS. Our acquisition of Marken strengthens our portfolio and demonstrates our commitment to customers. We plan to offer new solutions to our customers and generate further growth opportunities for UPS.

“UPS is focused on the logistics complexity of clinical trials, and the acquisition fits well into our long-term growth plans in the biopharma segment. Marken’s significant industry expertise and flexible network, combined with UPS’s vast integrated global air and ground networks, will provide the life sciences industry with an attractive portfolio of global logistics options.”

Wes Wheeler, CEO, Marken, said, “We are excited to join the UPS organization. UPS’s capabilities, particularly in mature markets, will provide many opportunities for us to enhance our service offerings in clinical trials logistics. With UPS, we will improve our efficiency, while continuing to provide our clients with the high-touch, personalized services that they have come to expect from us.”

Wheeler will continue to lead the Marken business, which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of UPS. Pharmaceutical companies, clinical research organizations and contract manufacturers rely on Marken for collection and transportation of clinical trial material and investigational medicinal products to 49,000 clinical trial sites, as well as the shipment of biological samples from these sites to central laboratories.

These shipments are time and temperature-sensitive, and their rapid, on-spec delivery is a key factor in the treatment of patients and the success of the clinical trial. The company has more than 650 employees with an asset-light operating structure and 44 locations worldwide, including 10 depots.

November 9, 2016

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