LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — With the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine potentially days away from being distributed across the United States, a Wisconsin company knows its products may play a role in making sure they're cold enough to be viable.
"When we heard the vaccine was going to require cryogenic storage requirements," Rob Klinck, the Senior Vice President of Sales for Primex told Spectrum News 1, "we were well-positioned with our OneVue platform and sense line to be able to monitor the temperature of that vaccine and ensure its quality and its efficacy and make sure its temperature monitoring was in line with what the requirements were."
Currently in use at more than 40,000 sites across the United States, Klinck says Primex's various monitors (from temperature sensors to humidity sensors) play a key role in pharmacies and point-of-care facilities, making sure things like vaccines stay as cold as required to be effective.
"We've had the Primex temperature sensing capability for about eight years now," Brian Balboni, Primex's Chief Technology Officer told Spectrum News 1. "It's very good with precise monitoring. They're very accurate sensors, highly configurable with our application solution. We can handle almost any complex business need from monitoring vaccines, medications, anything in research-and-development-- if it's a precious asset, then our product is very good at tracking its health and sanctity."
While Klinck and Balboni, along with the rest of Primex's more than 100 employees in Walworth County wait to see which vaccine gets the green-light from the CDC (Pfizer's potential vaccine must be stored at approximately 94 degrees below zero; Moderna's vaccine must be stored at approximately 4 degrees below zero), Klinck says the company's proud to play any potential role in making sure more Americans get to the pandemic's light at the end of the tunnel.
"As a Wisconsin-based organization, we're proud to be a part in seeing the pandemic through," Klinck said, " and making sure we're providing safe and efficacious products and solutions for patients and our frontline workers as well."