Big names line up for ACN pharma conference

Air Cargo News’ Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Air Cargo Conference has again attracted a top level line-up of industry speakers to debate issues affecting the international supply chain.
Conference programme: click here…
Hear from:
Five of the world’s leading pharmaceutical manufacturers
Three of the world’s leading temperature-controlled solution providers
Three of the world’s largest airlines
Two of the world’s leading forwarders on how they have implemented Good Distribution Practice (GDP) into their businesses
Plus, there will be speakers from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (UKMHRA), IATA and the latest news from the temperature-monitoring technology sector.
With ample time for healthy and constructive debate, this conference provides an unrivalled opportunity for practical learning in the field of GDP and how the industry needs to collaborate constantly for success.
Senior representatives from GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), AstraZeneca and Napp Pharma will speak at the conference.
Stephen Mitchell, Compliance and Quality Manager at GSK, will open the conference with an industry-related viewpoint on the aspects of visibility, harmonization and performance that manufacturers expect from their supply chain.
Tom Grubb, Manager, Cold Chain Strategy, American Airlines will continue the collaboration theme by showing how air cargo can really deliver to the user in a presentation with a theme of ‘real drugs for real patients’.
The pharmaceutical sector will speak about the value of ‘GDP Certified’ supply chain services offered by forwarders and airlines and whether differential pricing can be justified, whilst David Beecham of Qatar Airways – on of the world’s fastest growing cargo carriers – will consider whether there is any greater value in being GDP certified as opposed to ‘GDP Compliant’
GDP inspector Cheryl Blake will address how the UKMHRA has been monitoring the aspect of GDP compliance within the UK logistics sector and will present the latest views on how the audits of transportation providers have been progressing.
From the forwarders perspective, Andrew Lester, Global Director of Healthcare at Expeditors, and Sarina Walidin, Compliance Manager, IJS Global, will present and then discuss with the audience how GDP was implemented into their businesses.
Julian Wann of AstraZeneca, who spoke at last year’s event and challenged the air logistics industry to improve or to risk losing more traffic to seafreight, will give his views on the latest issues affecting modal shift. What has changed in the last 12 months?
In response to this, Glyn Hughes, Head of Cargo at IATA will look at how ‘air cargo’ is fighting back, while Soufiane Daher of the Seabury Group will provide the latest update on how the sector is performing.
On Day Two, the issue of choosing packaging and logistics solutions that offer temperature control and address the aspect sustainability will be addressed and will challenge the solutions industry.
Responding to this will be the chief executives from three of the world’s most important providers: Simon Angeldorff from Envirotainer, Brian Kohr of CSafe and David Walsh of DGP Intelsius.
The importance of good communication and collaboration in end-to-end temperature management is highlighted in a presentation by Alan Dorling, Head of Life Sciences, IAG Cargo, which looks at the roles of the shipper, forwarder and ground handler
Supply Chain Security and how the logistics sector can improve its compliance with the EU Falsified Medicines Directive will be discussed by Henry Moran – UK and International Supplies, Napp Pharmaceutical Group.
The Air Cargo News Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals Conference 2015 will take place at the Lancaster London Hotel on December 14-15. For more details click here.

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