CCA gathering hears calls for industry to share data and knowledge

CCA gathering hears calls for industry to share data and knowledge

Pictured (from left) Celine Hourcade, Stavros Evangelakakis, Patrique Zaman and Ivet Arabadjieva

Delegates attending the Cool Chain Association's (CCA) Pharma and Biosciences Conference heard that cool chain partners are changing their mindsets to join shippers and start-ups shaping the supply chain of the future.

During the recent two-day event in Paris updates and information about smart data applications, unmanned aircraft, and supplier management solutions were shared with industry leaders from across the cool supply chain.

Attendees heard how pharma manufacturer Novo Nordisk has developed its own risk-based analysis solution using Big Data harvested from temperature loggers on its consignments to map performance and temperature excursions on trade lanes. Using the system the company has scaled down costs, improved reliability, and can identify areas for improvement much more easily.

Speakers from drone start-ups Avy and Dronamics outlined how they have set their sights on developing unmanned aircraft that will improve the final mile, and offer cost-effective, more environmentally friendly solutions.

Ivet Arabadjieva, Director of Business Development at Dronamics, said she felt the pharma and unmanned aircraft industries, which both have research and development at their heart, had a lot to learn from each other, while Avy founder, Patrique Zaman stated that while there were interesting opportunities from a business perspective, there were difficulties in ‘getting in touch with the rest of the value chain’.

Celine Hourcade, Founder, Change Horizon and Program Manager, The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) confirmed that despite not yet being cost-effective or scalable, there was a new emerging industry on its way and it was important to share information and not reinvent the wheel. “The pharma and the air cargo industries have the knowledge and this must be transferred and shared with the new entrants, if that happens it will be a win-win situation,” she said.

Delegates also heard that the air cargo industry could make a difference to final mile delivery saving infant lives. Dr Radhika Batra, Founder and President of Every Infant Matters commented on how the industry was helping by finding and promoting innovative solutions to bridge the gaps in the supply chain, with drones being just one example.

Stavros Evangelakakis, Cool Chain Chairman and Global Product Manager, Cargolux remarked on why the industry should be thinking about how to help improve the final mile in pharma. “I am not suggesting that the air cargo industry can save all of those lives, but I want to be able to say that we came together and started a dialogue, which can help make things better,” he said.

Delegates also learnt about the benefits of Known Consignor certification from Bayer, as well as a 24/7 vaccine monitoring solution implemented in Iceland by Controlant, which has brought excursion rates below 0.5 per cent for domestic shipments and rejection rates close to zero during storage and transportation.

You can find out much more as all presentations from the event are available to download at