About Controlant

Cold chain visibility is mission-critical

The way the temperature-controlled chain currently works is broken. Controlant is fixing it. Our mission is to ensure consumer and patient safety and reduce global cold chain waste to less than one percent.

Cold chain waste is a global epidemic

Controlant develops next-generation solutions that are improving quality and  safety and reducing the staggering losses in the cold chain.

Those losses currently total over $35 billion worth of perishable food products annually. Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year, or approximately 1.3 billion tons and $1 trillion worth, is wasted. 30 percent of scrapped sales at pharmaceutical companies can be attributed to logistics issues. Temperature variations are responsible for the degradation of up to 35 percent of the world's vaccines. Approximately $53 billion worth of global biopharma products is at risk of temperature excursions every year due to temperature excursions. Roughly 40 percent of all food & beverage products and 80 percent of life sciences products require temperature-controlled transportation, and those numbers are on the rise as patient and consumer demand and population growth continues.

Multiple risk points

Within the cold chain, problems typically happen at multiple handoff points. Today, temperature excursions account for nearly 80 percent of supply chain problems, damaging products and diminishing consumer confidence in the brands they once trusted. Each lane of travel—air, road, or sea—requires different types of handoff points and poses different risks.

Losses of temperature-controlled products often occur because cold chains have historically lacked real-time access to actionable data that enables accurate decision-making and documents the integrity of delivered cargo.

This problem is compounded by the nature of data collection for temperature-sensitive and perishable products: many siloed points along the supply chain lack connectivity, and data collected by condition-monitoring devices—while current when it is collected—is not always immediately available for review and analysis to assess and ensure the quality and safety of products at the end of the supply chain. The lack of visibility has limited businesses to decision-making based on collecting data only at the endpoints of the product journey, and often only after degradation or waste has occurred.

The costs of a temperature excursion

The overall cost of a temperature excursion is not limited to the cost of ruined product and the cost of replacing it. It includes the costs of the associated reporting, root cause analysis, and corrective and preventive action (CAPA). In both the pharmaceutical and food sectors, these operational costs have been reported to range from $3,000 to $10,000 for each investigation, at a per-incident average of approximately $6,500. These costs can add up to tens of millions of dollars annually for a single enterprise.

Sustainability and climate change

The large amount of food and pharmaceutical product wastage substantially impacts the environment. The carbon footprint of food waste alone is an estimated 3.3 Giga-tons of Carbon (GtC) emissions, approximately 7 percent of all global emissions, according to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). With climate change high on the global agenda, pharmaceutical manufacturers are working to play their part in their emissions reduction plans. Carbon emission reduction spans the supply chain and involves procurement, packaging, and modes of transport used. 

Our partnered approach

Controlant's mission is to increase safety and reduce food and pharmaceutical waste by digitally connecting the global cold chain. Our subscription-based, solution—Cold Chain as a Service (ChaaS)—includes real-time IoT data loggers, cloud-enabled software platform delivering critical metrics on demand, and cost-reducing operational services.

Our solutions empower those responsible for supply chain performance to stay abreast of critical metrics in real-time when their products are in-transit, addressing problems quickly when they arise. Data analytics provide enterprises with deeper insights to fuel decision-making and collaboration throughout their entire business ecosystem. Through our services-based partnership, we reduce complexity, increase efficiency and collaboration, and drive a sustainable and intelligent, end-to-end supply chain. 





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Gisli Herjolfsson

Co-Founder, CEO

Mr. Herjolfsson co-founded Controlant, a global company that offers next-generation Cold Chain solutions as a Service (CHaaS). He has driven the vision, culture, and growth of the company for the last 10 years.

Erlingur Brynjulfsson

Co-Founder, CTO

Mr. Brynjulfsson co-founded Controlant and has served as its Chief Technology Officer since 2007, leading all product R&D, design, and development. Mr. Brynjulfsson holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Gudmundur Arnason


Mr. Arnason has served as Controlant’s CFO since 2015. He holds a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Reykjavik University.

Anna Karlsdottir

Quality Manager

Ms. Karlsdottir has served as Controlant's Quality Manager and Chief Service Officer since 2015. She holds an M.Sc. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Iceland.

Vally Helgadottir


Ms. Helgadottir has served as Controlant's Chief Services Officer since 2018. She holds a Master of Project Management (MPM) from the University of Iceland.

Jessie VanderVeen

VP Marketing and Communications

Ms. VanderVeen leads Controlant's marketing and communications programs. She carries more than 15 years of experience working in marketing, operational, and business development roles, including for enterprise SaaS, She earned a Doctor of Law from NYU Law and a Master's in Leadership & Policy from Temple University.

Stefan Karlsson

VP People and Culture

Mr. Karlsson co-founded Controlant and previously served as its Chief Operating Officer and a member of its board of directors. Mr. Karlsson earned a Bachelors in Business Administration from Bifrost University and an MBA from Reykjavik University.

Sales and business development

Adalheidur Palmadottir

Business Development Director

Astvaldur Johannsson

Business Development, AMEA

Brett Finkelstein

VP Sales, Americas

Ranald Haig

Business Development Director

Advisory board

Philippe Hemard

Supply Chain Executive

Rob Bailey

Enterprise Blockchain Executive

Chris Scoggins

Tech Entrepreneur

Yoram Eshel

Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Executive

Jeremy Schneider

Food Quality and Safety Executive

Contributing to the greater good

Millions of children and adults in low-resource settings live without access to life-saving medicines and vaccines. Controlant is proudly partnering with organizations that seek to help all people lead healthy, productive lives by bringing innovative technologies that improve the living conditions in developing areas. 

Through our efforts with AUCMA and Intellectual Ventures, the innovative arm of Global Good, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded organization, our cold chain monitoring technology is helping to safely deliver vaccines and medicines throughout Africa.

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1592 Union Street
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San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 833-299-9284

Who we are

At Controlant, we're improving patient and consumer safety, reducing waste, and increasing efficiency and collaboration across the global supply chain.

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