About Controlant

Supply chain visibility is mission-critical

The way the global supply chain currently works is broken. Controlant is fixing it. Our mission is to ensure consumer safety and decrease waste by digitally connecting the end-to-end supply chain.

Supply chain waste is a global epidemic

Controlant develops next-generation solutions that help reduce the staggering losses in today's temperature-controlled supply chains, with a specific focus on the life sciences and food and beverage sectors.

Losses today 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, 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 continue.

Multiple risk points

Within the cold chain, problems typically happen at multiple handoff points. Today, temperature excursions account for up to 80 percent of cold 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 perishable foods and pharmaceuticals occur because cold chains have historically lacked on-demand access to actionable data that enables real-time decision-making about a product's freshness and quality, and documents the integrity of delivered assets.

This problem is compounded by the nature of data collection for perishables: many siloed points along the supply chain lack network 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 relative remaining shelf life, quality, or efficacy 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 end points of the cold chain, and often only after a product has been spoiled.

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

Our pay-per-shipment, Controlant Cold Chain as a Service (ChaaS) solution provides a single source of supply chain truth, consisting of reusable Internet of Things (IoT) data loggers that send mission-critical data and insights in real-time to a proprietary, cloud-enabled software platform, and cost-reducing operational services. Controlant customers leverage the improved visibility to connect stakeholders, increase efficiency, and increase revenues.

The Controlant supply chain visibility solution monitors in-transit and at-rest shipments traveling by air, road, air, and sea, and delivers advanced analytics and comprehensive, end-to-end insights into supply chain operations—from suppliers, through production, distribution, and the last-mile. These insights include location, environmental conditions (such as temperature, humidity, light), utilization, and anomaly detection. Global 24/7 monitoring and response services provide control-tower visibility for every single shipment, ensuring product quality and integrity and proactively reducing waste. IoT management services provide efficiency and automation throughout.

Controlant's enterprise customers are achieving supply chain improvements leading to an annualized value in the tens of millions of dollars. 





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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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San Francisco, CA 94123
+1 833-299-9284

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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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