Biologistics Research Cluster


Biologistics can be defined as the management of the safe flow of high value, temperature sensitive and time-critical biological materials and biospecimen as they are delivered for patient care, analyzed for diagnostic purposes, processed to higher value products or stored to meet physical and data archival needs. As a key research partner of an emerging regional biologistics economic development plan, the FedEx Institute is establishing the FIT Biologistics Research Innovation Cluster. The faculty – affiliates of the Biologistics Cluster from Engineering, Marketing & Supply Chain, Biomedical Sciences and the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute (IFTI), with support from the FIT, will collaborate to develop joint research projects to deliver novel solutions for:

  • Distribution and testing of biomedical products
  • Supply-chain analysis and optimization
  • Services innovation 
  • Physical and chemical sensing technology for smart storage and transportation

Areas of Research

  • Transportation and storage optimization and advances in biostorage
  • Packaging, tracking, and tracing
  • Cyber and physical network security
  • Organizational practices

Outreach Efforts

Conferences – The FedEx Institute  of Technology working in collaboration with Biologistics Cluster researchers, will organize and host national conferences that bring biologistics researchers within these focus areas to the FIT to promote awareness of the Cluster and increase collaborative opportunities.

Technology Transfer - Utilizing the FedEx Institute's Technology Transfer capabilities, ensure that the best innovations and cutting-edge technologies have the potential to become breakthrough commercial products to benefit our corporate partners, the state of Tennessee and our nation.