51. SkyCell

Company: SkyCell

Founder: Richard Ettl and Nico Ros

Website: https://www.skycell.ch/


About SkyCell

Founded in Zurich in 2012, SkyCell makes the pharmaceutical supply chain safer and more sustainable through a combination of software, hardware, and big data. SkyCell’s innovative temperature-controlled hybrid containers have significantly contributed to reducing medicine spoilage rates and minizing the carbon emissions of medicine transportation.

Each year, the global healthcare industry emits two gigatons of CO2 (with 70% coming from the pharma supply chain) making it the fifth-largest emissions contributor in the world. A large share of this is a result of the energy-intensive nature of transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals. SkyCell addresses this challenge by reducing the spoilage of medicines in transit to almost zero. With an independently external reviewed temperature-excursion rate of less than 0.05%, the need to remanufacture and reship medicines is minimized, thus reducing wasted logistics, energy, and resources.

SkyCell’s hybrid containers have optimized weight and volume to reduce CO2 emissions in every shipment. Independently validated, hybrid containers achieved up to 50% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to other conventional containers.

Complementing its temperature-controlled containers, SkyCell’s AI-powered proprietary software platform – SkyMind, takes sustainability to another level. By predicting the CO2 impact of shipments, planning routes to minimize environmental impact and overseeing shipments worldwide, SkyMind empowers pharma companies with real-time, end-to-end oversight of their shipments around the world. The innovation reduces product loss and optimizes transport logistics and aligns with SkyCell’s commitment to a more sustainable pharmaceutical supply chain.

With sustainability in its DNA, SkyCell uses more than 90% recyclable materials and repairs containers to ensure longevity, rather than throwing old ones away in favor of building new ones. At the end of each lease, SkyCell takes back its containers for cleaning, maintenance, and potential repairs. For the parts that can’t be reused or repaired, the aim is to recycle 90% of their total weight. The rest will go to high-quality and strictly regulated Swiss waste incineration plants, which produce heat and electricity for the Swiss energy system.

SkyCell is a climate-neutral company (Scope 1 & 2 compensated) and has committed to the goal of being end-to-end net zero by 2040. Its sustainability targets are science-led and aligned to both the Paris Agreement and UN sustainable development goals.


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