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Avery Dennison and Controlant to preview groundbreaking new IoT device providing end-to-end visibility throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain

Controlant, in collaboration with a consortium of partners including Avery Dennison, is introducing Saga Card to enable end-to-end visibility in pharma supply chains. Controlant and Avery Dennison will both take part in LogiPharma 2024, where Saga Card will be introduced. See the original news release:

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Saga Card enabling medicines to be monitored anywhere in the world, from manufacturing to consumption, to feature at LogiPharma 2024.

Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY), a global leader in materials science and digital identification solutions, is partnering with Controlant, a leader in digital transformation of pharma supply chains, to drive real-time, end-to-end visibility and support sustainability initiatives in the pharma industry.

The partnership sees Avery Dennison bring expertise in digital ID technology, advanced R2R manufacturing at a global scale, and commercial reach to support this innovative solution. Avery Dennison leads the design and manufacture of a range of IoT devices and has collaborated with Controlant to bring to market the Saga Card, which consists of multiple components including a cellular modem with LTE-M and NB-IoT (narrowband IoT), an integrated nuSIM, a zinc-based battery, and sensors.

The Saga Card is an advanced, compact, energy-efficient monitoring device that extends visibility further into the pharma supply chain. When combined with Controlant’s Aurora cloud platform, the device provides real-time inventory visibility at country, region, and city levels to pharma companies, packaging providers and logistics companies serving the pharma industry. The device generates data as medicines cross multiple handover points in the journey to the patient, making it easier for pharma companies to monitor and control inventories and reduce waste.

LogiPharma 2024 takes place from April 16-18 at Le Centre de Congrès de Lyon, France. Avery Dennison experts will be at booth #142 to demonstrate how RFID and IoT technology solutions provide better patient experience, foster stronger brand-patient relationships, and enable verification of product authenticity. Controlant representatives can be found during the event at booth #95.

Gisli Herjolfsson, CEO and co-founder, Controlant, says: “With $35 billion lost in the pharmaceutical industry every year due to failures in temperature-controlled logistics, the benefits of end-to-end visibility into the flow of medicines and vaccines down to the unit level creates an incredible opportunity to revolutionize how the pharma supply chain operates. Saga Card has been developed in collaboration with our consortium partners including Avery Dennison, and will have a significant impact on minimizing waste, ensuring patient safety, and bringing us closer to zero-waste pharma supply chains.”

Barbara van Rymenam, senior director of healthcare, Avery Dennison, adds: “The pharma industry has long lacked an effective real-time, end-to-end supply chain visibility solution. Due to the highly regulated and complex supply network, industry adoption of new technologies is typically slow. These parameters call for a specific set of knowledge and expertise to bring a solution to the market that ticks all the boxes. The new IoT device extends the visibility to the point of care or the patient by tracking the product on the unit or case level, addressing the needs of the dynamic cold chain market where selecting the right solutions is crucial based on the value, urgency, and requirements of the medicines being shipped.”

About Avery Dennison

Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE: AVY) is a global materials science and digital identification solutions company that provides a wide range of branding and information solutions that optimize labor and supply chain efficiency, reduce waste, advance sustainability, circularity and transparency, and better connect brands and consumers. Our products and solutions include labeling and functional materials, radio frequency identification (RFID) inlays and tags, software applications that connect the physical and digital, and a variety of products and solutions that enhance branded packaging and carry or display information that improves the customer experience. Serving an array of industries worldwide — including home and personal care, apparel, general retail, e-commerce, logistics, food and grocery, pharmaceuticals and automotive — we employ approximately 35,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Our reported sales in 2023 were $8.4 billion. Learn more at