Cold Chain Global Forum West Coast

February 25 - 27, 2020 | San Diego, CA

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The Cold Chain Global Forum West Coast event is returning to San Diego, Feb 25-27. Join us for the event integrating process and technology to create fit-for-purpose temperature-controlled supply chains.




Cold Chain 2030: The Personalized Medicine Supply Chain Challenges & Solutions

Cold Chain 2030: The Personalized Medicine Supply Chain Challenges & Solutions

In this in-depth report, we explore how personalized medicine and disruptive technology such as AI, blockchain and advanced analytics are changing the life sciences temperature controlled supply chain landscape. 


Temperature Controlled Logistics in Life Sciences: 2019 Industry Report

Temperature Controlled Logistics in Life Sciences: 2019 Industry Report

For over a decade, we at Cold Chain Global Forum have been dedicated to connecting and educating supply chain leaders from across the biopharma world from small, biotech startups to publicly traded Big Pharma manufacturers. In an effort to shed light on where the industry is heading in 2019, we surveyed 150+ life sciences logistics leaders on:

  • What's Trending in 2019?
  • Lessons learnt from their end-to-end temperature controlled supply chain optimization journeys
  • Their biggest challenges and strategic priorities over the next 12 months
  • Top areas of investment when it comes to solution providers and vendors
Supply Chain Strategy for Today’s Temperature Controlled Products

Supply Chain Strategy for Today’s Temperature Controlled Products

The following article by Nick Basta, Editor in Chief, Managing Partner and Founder of Pharmaceutical Commerce, lists out the factors that should go into every evaluation of supply chain options. 

Vendor Collaboration: Your Secret Weapon to Pharma Supply Chain Excellence

Vendor Collaboration: Your Secret Weapon to Pharma Supply Chain Excellence

The pharmaceutical supply chain requires a myriad of partners to work as a cohesive unit. However, this is not always the case. Most companies have relationships built between different stakeholders at different times, competing agendas leadings to a variety of demands on vendors and an overlap of services from a lack of overarching strategy.

Together, this is creating inefficiency, hindering innovation and adding additional effort to overstretched supply chain leaders. But, there is a way for your vendors to start doing more for you, integrating more effectively with your operations and bringing forward new ideas. It simply requires collaboration.

This is often easier said that done. So we reached out to two industry experts; Bruce Guenter, Director of Logistics and Distribution at Radius Health and Rick Calabrese, Global Director of Corporate Quality Systems at Sartorius. They have shared insight with us on the steps needed to improve your vendor collaboration, how to balance the cost vs quality dynamic and where you can leverage your network to improve collaboration.

Pharma Cold Chain 101: How to Hit the Ground Running

Pharma Cold Chain 101: How to Hit the Ground Running

For those just starting out in temperature controlled supply, it can seem like a daunting task. With a complex vendor landscape, pressing operational challenges and a multitude of risks factors, it is far from an easy project.

To help you succeed from the start, we spoke to Kevin Hickman, Senior Manager of Supply Chain Distribution at Gilead Sciences. With over 26 years of experience in commercial and clinical pharma and biopharma transport management, he shares the cold chain critical success factors you need to know.

6 steps for Implementing New Tech Into the Pharma Supply Chain

6 steps for Implementing New Tech Into the Pharma Supply Chain

The pharmaceutical industry is witnessing a period of high innovation, with new technologies emerging set to drastically impact the way we operate the supply chain. The proposed applications for drones, artificial intelligence, data analytics and blockchain are numerous. Currently, though, application has been fragmented as people set out to explore this new technology without regulatory guidance or best practices.

In this handy infographic, we share a framework to guide your implementation and evaluation of new technology for the supply chain. We also offer insight from those who have made an innovative change to their supply chain, including an exclusive case study on the latest ambulance drone technology.

Past Presentation Packet

Past Presentation Packet

This packet includes the following presentations from our 2019/2018 event series:

  • Defining Strategies on How to Effectively Manage Suppliers by Luiz Barberini, Operations Manager, External Manufacturing Organization, Latin America, Bayer Consumer Health


  • Case Studies on Bulk Reusable Packaging and Real-Time Asset Tracking Technologies by Jennifer Antonetti, Sr. Supervisor Global Distribution Packaging & Shipping Qualification, Biogen and Chris Day, Director of Business Development – Leasing Services, Sonoco ThermoSafe


  • Q.A & Supply Chain collaboration to ensure optimal solution to customers by Ahmed ElSheemy, Head of Q.A Middle East & Turkey, Merck Serono Middle East – Consumer Health Subsidiary of Merck KGaA - Germany


  • Getting Patients Involved in the Cold Chain by Alan Kennedy, Founder and Executive Director, PHARMA TEAM-UP
Innovation in Cold Chain Packaging

Innovation in Cold Chain Packaging

By Nicholas Basta, Pharmaceutical Commerce

It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that packaging for the life sciences cold chain advances as rapidly as, say, smartphones. Every year brings a new wave of designs, materials and service offerings. The comparison isn’t fair because, unlike smartphones, cold chain packaging varies from units of sale (delivered to the patient at home, for example), to cases, to pallet-scale shipping containers. Then you add in the variety of transportation modes—ground, air, sea—and you have a veritable cornucopia of opportunities (and challenges).

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Regulating the Pharma Cold Chain: Many Standards to Navigate

Regulating the Pharma Cold Chain: Many Standards to Navigate

Trick question: how do we know that life sciences supply-chain managers love regulations? Answer: because they have so many of them! In a more serious vein, though, the plethora of regulations is a testament to how many different functions of modern manufacturing and logistics come into play with life sciences supply chains. A not-exhaustive list of relevant fields includes packaging technology, air cargo equipment, ocean shipping processes, and pharmaceutical formulation and public health.  Specialized parts of life sciences include parenteral drug standards, vaccines standards, and blood processing. 

The goal of all of these standards is to ensure safe and effective products get to patients; they are also a testament to the complexity of logistics, which deals with weather, vehicles and human resources on an ongoing basis. Ultimately, the more successful organizations in the pharma cold chain are the ones whose knowledge and application of the standards improves operating efficiencies as well as safety.

Read the rest of this article to learn how you too can master the temperature controlled pharma logistics regulatory landscape.