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The message of temperature control, procedures and training needs to be spread to the airport communities across the world.

The FlyPharma Conference took off this year, bringing experts together for stimulating sessions and practical discussion of pharma logistic issues

The FlyPharma Conference 2015, held at London’s Heathrow Airport, created a diverse space for experts and industry delegates to discuss the key topics in the pharma industry supply chain. The conference highlighted common pharma logistics issues and stimulated an inclusive dialogue between key stakeholders in the supply chain.

The opening keynote by Geert Petermans, Global Supply Chain Operational Excellence Director at Amgen, delivered practical advice on how to create mutually beneficial strategic alliances within pharma logistics. He told delegates that pharma companies must modernise their traditionally fragmented supply chains, replacing them with lean strategic coalitions that share goals as well as risks to create win-wins for both pharma and logistics suppliers.

The speakers at FlyPharma included Francisco Rizzuto, Cargo Manager for Western Europe at International Air Transport Association (IATA), who told delegates of the benefits of IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) programme – a concerted effort to improve the level of competency, operational and technical preparedness for temperature-sensitive air freight shipments for the pharma industry.

David Stark, leader of Marsh’s London-based Enterprise Risk and Resilience Practice, discussed insurance risk considerations for secure, resilient, end-to-end supply chains. As most organisations outsource some aspects of their business’s critical functions to third parties, companies usually recognise an appropriate balance of efficiency, reliability and cost-saving benefits from harnessing the expertise of third parties. The session examined how to take a holistic view of supply chain risks in order to manage processes more effectively.

Esther Sadler-Williams, Global Director of Strategic Development and Innovation for Catalent Pharma Solutions, spoke about how the supply chain can be complex for clinical trials and how it is essential to manage different storage conditions, products, configuration types and support interfaces, with many partners ensuring that the right product gets to the right patient at the right time.

Following his participation in a panel discussion on Improving Collaboration in the Pharma Logistics Chain, Malik Zeniti, Manager at Cluster for Logistics, Luxembourg, commented: “I like events and conferences like FlyPharma, where you have time to meet relevant new people while getting true new information from first hand, without blowing the budget late in the year. It’s a pity other people will only know what they missed when they join this event in 2016.”

Logistics and supply chain experts from both pharma and cargo will be reconvening for the next FlyPharma Conference in 2016. Visit to find out more about the 2015 programme and speakers, and make sure you follow PMPS and Airline Cargo Management magazines for details about how you can participate in next year’s event.

Here’s what delegates had to say about FlyPharma 2015:

“Well-organised event, an eye opener and definitely 5 out of 5!”

Antoni Gerardus Hulsman, Managing Director, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo

“Good that it was a small conference, made lots of interaction possible”

Therese Puetz, Senior Partner, SSPC Group

“Serialisation session was excellent – very informative and well-placed for audience.”

Josette Wells, Director – Healthcare Service Solutions, IJS Global

“The message of temperature control, procedures and training needs to be spread to the airport communities across the world.”

Andrew Scott, Head of Logistics, Almac Clinical Services

For more information contact:

Angela Cottrell
Editorial Manager
Samedan Ltd
+44 (0)20 7724 3456

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