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Tuesday, 19 Jan @ 7:30 PM 


In the midst of a pandemic, the pharma industry has had to not just maintain, but increase, its existing workload, while navigating the logistical challenges that COVID-19 has placed in its path. At a time when you would want your products to be produced and to reach patients twice as fast, it is twice as hard to make this happen.How do pharma manufacturers and logistics/cargo companies overcome the challenges to get their supply chains back on track and keep them there? Even better, how can they embrace new opportunities and find success despite the industry’s disruption?


–  Vaccine supply and distribution – what are the challenges to meeting demand?
– How do you keep continuity of supply and access to all medicines – not just COVID-19-specific ones?
– Is it possible to remain flexible and maintain production even during last-minute local/national lockdowns?
– How will the pharma industry monitor and protect the vast amount of data that will inevitably be generated? Are new digitalisation strategies needed to make this work?
– How can you stand out from and get ahead of your competition?
– Do you need to look for new ways to divert your role and your business in order to find a new niche?
– What opportunities are now available – can we turn a negative into a positive?

–   What will the pharma supply chain look like after COVID-19, and how much more resilient will it become in being able to handle future global disruptions?


Stephen Meredith was appointed at Ipsen as Director, Manufacturing in March 2020 and is currently acting VP, Tech Ops.

Stephen is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of driving improved performance in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and speciality chemicals industries. Skilled in operational management, supply chain, contract management, acquisition integration, new product introduction, engineering, and external manufacturing, he has demonstrated cross-functional leadership across borders and cultures, with strong leadership expertise, business acumen and the ability to build a winning team.

Prior to Ipsen, Stephen was employed at Eli Lilly & Co Ltd for over 18 years, where he held various senior leadership positions.

Through his experience at Unilever, Eli Lilly and Ipsen, Stephen has developed expertise in a wide range of manufacturing technologies, health and safety, Good Manufacturing Practice, staff engagement and change management.

Outside work, Stephen is keen on skiing, computing, DIY, and travel.

Yulia Celetaria is an industry expert with 15+ years of experience in the air cargo sector and pharmaceutical logistics. She started her career in 2005 as part of the Customer Service team of AirBridgeCargo Airlines, based in Moscow.

Pursuing her professional goals and development path she soon relocated to the Frankfurt office to become Customer Service Manager, Standards and Training; during this time she managed to organise and conduct over 100 dedicated training sessions for Volga-Dnepr Group specialists, as well as for the company’s partners on a global scale.

Her in-depth knowledge, unique competences and commitment to lifelong learning allowed her to develop in pharmaceutical logistics and become the Global Customer Service Deputy Director Pharma, and later on Global Pharma Director of AirBridgeCargo, being in charge of the special product within the company.

With 2020 being an exceptional year for the whole world and air cargo industry, Yulia and her team managed to achieve significant resultsby responding to the customer demand for COVID-19 shipment deliveries, aligning the internal processes of the Group to leverage regional outbursts and guarantee much-needed logistics solutions and by building thorough relations with other stakeholders of cold supply chains. She has recently been promoted to Healthcare Director of Volga-Dnepr Group and will be responsible for the healthcare and humanitarian sector.

 Ada Palmadottir is Business Development Director at Controlant. With more than 20 years of experience in pharmacy, management, and technology, Ada has extensive international experience in sales, operations, and marketing, specifically inthe areas of product, vertical alliance sales, and partnerships related to pharmaceutical products. She is a licensed and experienced pharmacist and earned a Master of Pharmacy from the University of Iceland and a Master of Business Administration from the Norwegian School of Management in Oslo. Ada has been working with Controlant for the last nine years.

Luiz Barberini is MBA, mechanical engineer, CQE and APICS CSCP & CPIM certified, with three Post-Graduates in Marketing, Logistics and Transports, Luiz Barberini has worked for almost 30 years in activities related to supply chain, procurement, and logistics. He has also coordinated the dangerous goods ’transports’ committee at the Brazilian Chemical Industry Association (ABIQUIM)Ford Motors Co., Rhône-Poulenc, British American Tobacco, Pfizer, Takeda Pharmaceutical and Merck, Sharp & Dohme are some of the companies he has worked for and added value through his knowledge and experience.Luiz currently works as Operations Manager for Latin America External Manufacturing Operations Consumer Health at Bayer and teaches Negotiation, Supply Chain and Demand Management for some major post-graduate schools in São Paulo. He also coordinates post-graduate courses in two universities in Brazil.

 Mario Patyk was born in Leipzig, it did take him a while to realise that the city actually had a cargo airport. Certainly, at the beginning of his career at Frankfurt Airport many moons ago, no one expected Leipzig/Halle Airport to play any significant role in air freight.So, one can imagine the surprised look on his face, when the largest cargo carrier in Europe – DHL – announced their move to Leipzig/Halle Airport in 2004, which coincided with his departure from air freight to hold an international commercial role at an information technology company in Ascot, UK.Until then, Mario had continued to gain invaluable experience by working for forwarders, GHA, GSA and BA World Cargo in Frankfurt (FRA) and London Heathrow.However, in 2014 Mario finally got the chance to learn what makes Leipzig/Halle Airport a great international cargo hub, when he returned to air freight by joining the fabulous teams at LEJ.Mario is a father of two cheeky young daughters and he lives with his wife in the city of Leipzig.

 Michael J Alkire is President of Premier, one of the largest global supply chain, healthcare technology companies in the US, helping hospitals and health systems provide higher quality patient care at a better cost. From leading the integration of Premier’s clinical, financial, supply chain to driving its operational performance offerings, Michael also oversees the company’s quality, safety, labour and supply chain technology solutions.

An influential figure in efforts to address drug shortages and infuse data-enabled technology solutions into the US healthcare system, Michael has been sought out by federal policymakers, Wall Street investors and the private sector for his expertise on stabilising the medical and pharmaceutical supply chain during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michael also hosts the popular Inside Out podcast, featuring distinguished leaders across industry.

Michael is a graduate of Indiana State University, holds an MBA from Indiana University, and is the recipient of multiple industry awards for his business acumen.

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