Cool Chain

Last mile awareness for pharma to be focus of CCA Paris event

The Cool Chain Association (CCA) is placing the spotlight on collaborative solutions for a final fix in the pharma chain with a focus on innovation and data sharing at its 7th Pharma and Biosciences Conference in Paris, France, in September 2019.

Drones, automation, and digitisation will also top the agenda at the two-day conference, which brings together decision makers from across the global pharma supply chain.

CCA chairman and head of global healthcare at Cargolux, Stavros Evangelakakis (pictured above) said: “It takes 10,000 miles to reach the final one, and all too often that is when the cargo is compromised.

“Without jeopardising what has been done prior to the shipment arriving at the final leg of its journey, we need to better investigate ways to collaborate and embrace innovative ideas to make sure we are working with our stakeholders to be part of the solution.

“This is important, not only to ensure we drive the high-quality cost-effective services they deserve, but also because we will be helping ensure that critical pharma supplies are successfully delivered to the end destination – to the patients who need it.”

CCA is aiming to team up with thought leaders from all parts of the supply chain, as well as stakeholders in charge of the last mile such as Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), and innovators with new solutions, including drones, to explore how they can work together to provide the infrastructure needed to ensure a successful end-to-end cool chain delivery.

“The conference will be part of an ongoing push to bring all stakeholders together and find new and better ways of working together,” said CCA secretary general, Edwin Kalischnig.

“Our vision is to contribute to making the world a better place by helping to improve the cool chain.”

CCA is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature sensitive supply chain, in order to help reduce and prevent loss in the chain. It holds two events a year, with one focussed on pharma and one on perishables.

This year’s perishables event will discuss strategies for reducing food waste and will take place in Venlo, the Netherlands in May 2019.