4 - 8 September 2023




Day 1


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Emulsions or solutions:

how collaboration creates the fuel to supply chain innovation

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Prof. Dr. Wouter Dewulf

Faculty of Business and Economics​

University of Antwerp​

12:00 - 14:00

Start of the Masterclass

Registration desk open

Coffee & Refreshments

Get to know your PLMC colleagues!

14:00 - 14:30

Clearing the launchpad of the PLMC 2023

Welcome address from Chair and Co-chairs and checklist of the PLMC 2023

14:30 - 14:50

Applied research in pharma logistics: a far-fetched ambition or a necessary evolution

Prof. Dr. Wouter Dewulf, University of Antwerp

14:50 - 15:10

The interconnected global pharma supply chain: the bald and the beautiful

Mr. Vincent Van Bockstaele, University of Antwerp

15:10 - 15:30

The permeability of innovation changes the landscape of pharmaceutical logistics

Mr. Frank Van Gelder, Pharma.Aero

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15:30 - 16:00

16:00 - 16:30

The ASEAN supply chain: an aromatic recipe of growth, learning and resilience

Mr. Jamie Bloomfield, SUTD

16:30 - 17:00

A powerful chain reaction catalyst: permanent knowledge-sharing through the PLMC

Pharma.Aero and Sponsors

17:15 - 17:45

Bus Transfers

18:00 - 18:10

Welcome address

The Arts House

Hosted by Flanders Investment & Trade - Embassy of Belgium

18:10 - 18:30

Safeguarding and Anticipating Healthcare Supply Chain Resiliency in Practice: perspectives from Singapore and Flanders, Belgium

Panel moderated by Kim Demeyer (Science & Technology Counselor, Flanders Investment & Trade)

18:30 - 21:00

Reception & Networking

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Data interoperability and acceleration in technology implementation: the thin line between human trust and fast implementation

11:00 - 11:20

Day 2


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From strategy to top performance: persistent leadership brings the company to cruising altitude and safe landings

11:20 - 11:50

The hunt for true value add of digital transformation in pharma logistics: the art of data sharing

09:00 - 09:20

14:15 - 16:15

Inside the data world: digital design and manufacturing

Strategy to accommodate new technology: embedded company leadership will carve or end

the future of today's companies

WORKSHOP: Business strategy on change: robust structures or effective responsiveness: the Red Queen Effect

Assoc. Prof. Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, SUTD

Mr. Ruud van der Geer, MSD

09:20 - 10:20

11:50 - 12:30

Additive manufacturing is transforming how products are designed, produced, and serviced

Innovation in Motion: Harnessing Digital Technology to Predict, Optimize, and Secure the Pharma Logistics Supply Chain - Pharma.Aero Project

+ Industry Use-Case

Prof. Dr. Koen Vandenbempt, University of Antwerp

14:15 - 16:15

Assoc. Prof. Pablo Valdivia y Alvarado, SUTD

Industry visit: DmanD Facilities

WORKSHOP: Amplifying your business innovation on the foundations of applied research

10:20 - 10:40

Irene S L Lau, Hong Kong Airport

Pre-flight Safety briefing: Navigating comfortably risks by identifying, analyzing and finally predicting them

12:30 - 13:15

Prof. Dr. Wouter Dewulf & Prof. Dr. Roel Gevaers, University of Antwerp

Frank Van Gelder, Pharma.Aero

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WORKSHOP - Pharma logistics digitalization: digital good looks and fancy hypes or a true digital mindset

Assoc. Prof. Lynette Cheah

Chonchol Gupta University of Antwerp

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16:15 - 16:45

Acting Head of Pillar, Engineering Systems and Design


10:40 - 11:00


16:45 - 17:00

How skill velocity can serve as an accelerator to pharma logistics internal company digital transformation

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Mr. Ruud van der Geer

13:15 - 14:15

Aligning the company operational strategy with the fast-growing technology challenges in pharma logistics

Ass. Director Global Deliver Strategy Team


Mr. Miguel Rodríguez, Qatar Airways

Andreas Behnke, Swissport

Day 3


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The world 2.0: the new technology translation through industry cross-pollination

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Mr. Frank Van Gelder

Secretary General


Mr. Cesar Gil-Martinez

Procurement Regional Manager EMEA

Transportation & Warehousing

Consumer Health / Pharma


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Will new medical insights completely redesign future supply chain and logistic technologies

08:00 - 09:00

The new kid on the block: was mRNA a mayfly or will it be the bread and butter of future vaccines

Prof. Dr. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp

09:00 - 10:00

Fly small but with accurate precision: how drones reshape the future healthcare logistics landscape

Assoc. Prof. Shaohui Foong, SUTD

Industry visit: SUTD Aerial Arena

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10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 10:50

Applied research in cold chain analytics and research: from the black duckling to a new sustainable cool chain possibility

Elena Prozorova, University of Antwerp

10:50 - 11:35

Renewed insights in using the recycled greenhouse gas C02: reconsidering old habits for optimal cold chain outcomes

Mr. Diego Loaiza, Cold Jet

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12:20 - 14:00

LUNCH WORKSHOP: Tight-rope walking between the regulator and the executor: how dangerous goods become the basics of new healthcare treatments

Pfizer, Hazgo, DGTA – UN NGO, Novartis

11:35 - 11:50

Spoilt for choice: How to select the perfect TempChain packaging

Christopher J. Storch, va-Q-tec

How to level of the same cruising altitude and speed: cross industry collaboration to fly in the same formation

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11:50 - 12:05

Buckle up for future challenges: the future and direction of digitalization in the pharma supply chain

Mohamed Nouh, SkyCell

12:05 - 12:20

Innovative Medicine – Novartis Radioligand Therapy (RLT) and the Future of Nuclear Medicine: Opportunities vs Challenges

Dr. Roland Yap, Novartis

14:00 - 15:30

Dueling on the edge of the World 2.0: "cross pollination" a buzz word or a verb? Business and scientific healthcare challenges aligned

Prof. Dr. Koen Vandenbempt &

Prof. Dr. Pierre Van Damme, University of Antwerp & Ms. Veerle Vermeiren, Pfizer


Bus pick -up to the different industry visit location

16:00 - 18:00

Industry visits: PSA Port and innovation centre, DNATA Pharma centre, DSV Healthcare Distribution Center

Day 4


Linearity in contrast with fully connected healthcare logistics ecosystems: how personalized medicine and increased values draw the line

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Ecosystems under the sustainability microscope

09:00 - 09:20

Peeling off the boundaries: the importance of cross-border ecosystems

Mr. Stijn Michielsen, University of Antwerp

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09:20 - 09:40

How healthcare science drives new logistics delivery models: introduction to the value driven ecosystem

Prof. Dr. Christa Sys

Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Antwerp

Ms. Lila Ridouh


Quality for Supply Chain


Prof. Dr. Roel Gevaers, University of Antwerp

09:40 - 10:10

The pharmacy at your door: new sharing economy mechanisms for urban parcel deliveries

Assoc. Prof. Lingjie Duan, SUTD

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10:10 - 10:40

10:40 - 11:10

Pandemic response: efficient and effective large-scale vaccine distribution

Prof. Peter L. Jackson, SUTD

11:10 - 11:25

13:25 - 14:55

The phoenix of the airline model: adaptation to new medical therapies

The orchestration of sustainable multi-modality in pharma logistics

Fabrice Panza, Etihad

Darrel Chong, Jimmy Suroto, Simona Ravera, PSA BDP & Desmond Pan, Singapore Airlines

11:25 - 11:40

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Collaborative strategies on Sustainability

14:55 - 15:25

Laetitia Chery, JAS

11:40 - 11:55

The power of turning in sustainable circles: we can’t recycle our way out of trouble

Lucas van der Schalk, Corplex

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11:55 - 12:55

15:25 - 16:10

Challenges to keep high quality logistics in line with future and changed life science ways of manufacturing

Erik van Wunnik, Nouzha Ouaamar & Torge Koehnke, DSV

16:10 - 16:30

Affordability of ecosystems as backbone of sustainable healthcare logistics

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Will steamers win from wings: how life science industry looks at adaptive production processes in relation to transport modes

12:55 - 13:25

Lila Ridouh, GSK

Sailing the seas of healthcare: modal shift or intermodal ecosystems

Prof. Dr. Christa Sys, University of Antwerp

19:00 - 22:00

Masterclass Dinner & Certification Ceremony

The Masons Table

Day 5


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Academic and Business collaboration

as the bedrock for a sustainable future

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Mr. Trevor Caswell

Manager Demand & Product Development (Cargo)

Edmonton International Airport

Chairman Pharma.Aero ​

Mr. Gergely Szorcsik

Global Distribution Director


09:00 - 09:15


Trevor Caswell & Gergely Szorcsik

09:15 - 09:35

Modeling basics: Bridging the gap between strategic network design and operational last-mile

Rafael Arevalo MSC, University of Antwerp

09:35 - 10:00

Decarbonizing road freight transport: climate mitigation options in the transport sector

Assoc. Prof. Lynette Cheah, SUTD

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10:00 - 10:30

10:30 - 12:00

WORKSHOP: Pharma.Aero Green Air Pharma Logistics Project

3CeL, Bayer, Brussels Airport, Changi Airport Group, Zoetis

12:00 - 12:30

Integrating packaging in a broader model of end-to-end pharma logistics visibility

Emma Wong, SkyCell

12:30 - 12:50

The takeaway dance: pinpointing the next year's masterclass focus by the workshop ambassadors and pharma companies

Local hosting university, chairs and co-chairs

12:50 - 13:30

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Closing Lunch