The Illuminate Group
The Illuminate Group combines world-renowned expertise in science and technology with ingenuity in order to provide innovative end-to-end cold chain solutions.

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Cold Chain for Pharmaceuticals and Biologics

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Melissa Germain, M.Sc.

About Us - Melissa Germain, M.Sc.

Melissa Germain graduated from the University of Florida with a B.Sc. in Packaging Science in 2009. In May 2010, she earned a M.Sc. degree in Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Florida. Her research focused on the development of sustainable packaging and unconventional insulation materials for temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products. Some of her research was conducted at the Cryogenics Laboratory at NASA Kennedy Space Center.

Ms. Germain is the CEO of The Illuminate Group. Since 2007, Ms. Germain has been the Director of Innovation and Development for Blueye, LLC, a cold chain technology development company. She was the Assistant Director of Cold Chain Research in the Electro-Optical Systems Laboratory at the Georgia Tech Research Institute from 2012-2015. Ms. Germain was responsible for research, strategic planning, and alliances for the College of Technology and Innovation at the University of South Florida Polytechnic for the food, pharmaceutical, and cosmetic industries from 2010-2012. She managed the construction and administration of a research facility, which contained multiple research laboratories in the fields of food quality, food and pharmaceutical cold chain, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) applied research, and biofuels. From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Germain worked as a research assistant at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in the Center for Food Distribution and Retailing.

Since 2008, Ms. Germain has served as the annual Director of the Academic Cold Chain Forum, where key players in the food and pharmaceutical industries meet to discuss and solve issues in the cold chain industry, and broaden their knowledge of temperature management. In 2009, she received three national awards for her work in sustainable packaging and unconventional insulation materials. Ms. Germain has been invited to speak at several cold chain conferences in the United States, Europe, and Canada. She has worked on numerous cold chain related projects for perishable products, such as temperature management assessments and the development of efficient packaging and logistics systems. Her areas of expertise are cold chain management, packaging, food and pharmaceutical transportation, and distribution, as well as food retailing.