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Frank Van Gelder Appointed New Secretary General of Pharma.Aero

Brussels, Belgium, February 8, 2018 – Pharma.Aero has announced the appointment of Frank Van Gelder as their new Secretary General.


Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero says: “over the past year we have expanded our Pharma.Aero global network, created awareness in our industry and facilitated the collaboration among the members.  With the appointment of the Secretary General, Pharma.Aero is gearing up to further develop into a unique platform for cross industry collaboration.”

Frank Van Gelder has an extensive experience in senior management positions within the air cargo industry, and specifically in relation to special products such as pharmaceutical products and perishables. He has become an international reference in the industry. Frank served in different boards and presented on different international conferences. Being active on an extended international level within global healthcare R&D, he served as an expert in the field for the development of business projects, educational training programs, research programs and management of acute time critical processes and logistics in the medical and pharmaceutical field. Supply chain improvement and innovative approaches towards time and temperature critical commodities through cross sectional industry exchanges underlines his vision. During that time he was an early believer of airport community approaches and the CEIV training program of IATA.

Frank Van Gelder: “I look forward to serving and leading this organization to a higher level in our industry. The dynamism and support we see from many different stakeholders, strengthen the believe we can really make a difference in the supply chain of life science products in airfreight. We can only do this if we all speak the same language, in which Pharma.Aero already fulfills the crucial role of a reliable facilitator to all our partners and members of today and tomorrow.”

Pharma.Aero envisions excellence in reliable end-to-end air transportation for pharma shippers and provides value to the members. It continues to work on cutting-edge projects. In addition, Pharma.Aero has been active in carrying our local and regional pharma shippers discussions and in planning future ones. Pharma.Aero has launched a project group with the pharma shipper members that will focus on evaluating and validating the CEIV pharma checklist and methodology. It is the goal to support IATA in making the CEIV program more mature and recognized by the pharma shippers.

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Pharma.Aero adds Hong Kong airport, AirBridge and Alha as members

Article by Air Cargo News on January 24th, 2018

Pharma.Aero has added Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), AirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) and Alha Group as members of the pharma supply chain association.

Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero, said: “In the past year we have expanded our global network, created awareness and facilitated the collaboration within the industry.

“The open internal dialogue, underlined by our pharma shipper members, allows us to further improve the handling of pharmaceutical shipments."

Ian Kwok, assistant general manager, aviation logistics, HKIA, said: “Being an IATA Center of Excellence for Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) partner airport and part of Pharma.Aero are key milestones in collaborating with industrial partners sharing our experience and building pharma corridors connecting to the fellow Pharma.Aero members”

Fedor Novikov, global director of ABC, said: “AirBridgeCargo has been consistently developing its Pharma ABC product, understanding the value and importance of healthcare and life-science products’ transportation.”

ABC became last year the first carrier in Russia to be awarded CEIV Pharma certification, passing the audit process “within the shortest period of four months”.

Added Novikov: “IATA CEIV nowadays is the ‘entrance ticket’ for the pharma cargo community and we are honoured to be included in Pharma.Aero platform. This narrow-focused initiative will navigate our efforts in pharma sector, giving access to cutting edge technologies, latest innovations, supply chain expertise and peer review.

“We hope that Pharma.Aero membership will enable us to develop pharma services in the interests of our customers and give a boost to our cargo volume in this sector.”

Nicola Caristo, audit & compliance manager, pharma manager, at Alha Group said: "Pharma.Aero is a powerful tool for the whole air cargo industry by creating a unique environment where CEIV certified companies, shippers and airport authorities share excellence, set the new standards and analyze data.”

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Pharma.Aero induct three members in its board

Posted By: STAT Times on 24-01-2018

Pharma.Aero is a powerful cross-industry collaboration for pharma shippers Supply Chain
Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero

January 24, 2018: In a strategic move to further streamline and reinforce its pharmaceutical shipment handling process, Pharma.Aero recently incorporated three heavy weights pharma shippers in its board.

According to reports, Hong Kong International Airport, Air Bridge Cargo Airlines and Alha Group have joined the board of Pharma.Aero.

Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero said: "Last year, we expanded our global network, created awareness and facilitated the collaboration within the industry. The open internal dialogue, underlined by our pharma shipper members will allows us to further improve the handling of pharmaceutical shipments."

The three new members are established players in the supply chain of airfreight life science genre, and are expected to added value to Pharma.Aero.

"Being a CEIV pharma partner airport and a part of Pharma.Aero are some of the key milestones in collaborating with industrial partners, sharing our experience and building pharma corridors connecting all fellow Pharma.Aero members," said Ian Kwok, assistant general manager, aviation logistics of Hong Kong International Airport.

"The new members in the Pharma.Aero platform will help navigate our efforts in the pharmaceutical industry as part of cutting edge technologies and supply chain innovations. It will enable us to develop pharma services in the interest of our customers, and boost to our cargo volume in this sector," said Fedor Novikov, global director of AirBridgeCargo Airlines.

"Pharma.Aero is a unique platform for cross industry collaboration. The link between the CEIV certification programs, the expertise of members and the support and vision of the pharmaceutical industry will help improve standard practices. The enhanced collaboration on a global scale is key," said Novikov.

Nicola Caristo, audit & compliance manager of Alha Group said: "Pharma.Aero is a powerful tool for entire air cargo industry by creating a unique environment where CEIV certified companies, shippers and airport authorities will share excellence, set new standards and analyze data.".

Leandro Moreira, director of Brink's Life Sciences and chairman of Health Technologies Distribution Alliance.Br said: "Promoting collaboration between various operators in the pharma supply chain is a formidable step to improve quality, enhance operational excellence and help increase compliance to regulatory requirements. Organisations such as Pharma.Aero do a great job bringing stakeholders together to support all that."

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Pharma.Aero adds major airfreight members to board

Article of Air Cargo World by Caryn Livingston
January 24th, 2018

The Pharma.Aero initiative formed between Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport in 2016 is continuing to gain steam, as Hong Kong International Airport, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, Alha Group and Brink’s Life Sciences have all joined the initiative’s board.

The initiative advocates for pharmaceutical shipping standards based on IATA’s CEIV-Pharma certification. Though founded by airports, Pharma.Aero “is extremely pleased with the growing interest of different stakeholders to embrace the common mindset and the need and role for our organization,” the group said.

Since the initiative was formed, member organizations have more than doubled, reaching a total of 18 companies, by September 2017, including forwarder Expeditors International of Washington and container manufacturer Envirotainer. The group expects the connection between CEIV-Pharma-certified companies with the support of the pharmaceutical industry to improve standard pharma transport practices across the industry.

“The past year we expanded our global network, created awareness and facilitated the collaboration within the industry,” said Pharma.Aero chairman Nathan De Valck. “The open internal dialogue, underlined by our pharma shipper members, allows us to further improve the handling of pharmaceutical shipments.”

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Pharma.Aero throttles up with more new members on board

Brussels 24th of January 2018

Recently Pharma.Aero welcomed new “heavy weights” in the world of airfreight life science products. The organization is speeding up to the next level with Hong Kong International Airport, Air Bridge Cargo Airlines and Alha Group joining the membership.


Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero says: “the past year we expanded our global network, created awareness and facilitated the collaboration within the industry. The open internal dialogue, underlined by our pharma shipper members, allows us to further improve the handling of pharmaceutical shipments." The recent new members are all references in the supply chain of airfreight life science products and state the added value of Pharma.Aero.

“Being CEIV Pharma Partner Airport and part of Pharma.Aero are key milestones in collaborating with industrial partners sharing our experience and building pharma corridors connecting to the fellow Pharma.Aero members”, says Mr. Ian Kwok, Assistant General Manager, Aviation Logistics, Hong Kong International Airport.

The membership variety within this airfreight commodity enlarges and strengthens the role of the organization. “To be included in the Pharma.Aero platform will navigate our efforts in the pharmaceutical industry, being part of cutting edge technologies and supply chain innovations. It will enable us to develop pharma services in the interests of our customers and boost to our cargo volume in this sector”, Fedor Novikov, Global Director, AirBridgeCargo Airlines, continues.

Pharma.Aero is a unique platform for cross industry collaboration. The link between the CEIV certification programs, the expertise of the members and the support and vision of the pharmaceutical industry will improve standard practices. The enhanced collaboration on a global scale is key.

Nicola Caristo, Audit & Compliance Manager, Pharma Manager at Alha Group says: " Pharma.Aero is a powerful tool for the whole Air Cargo Industry by creating a unique environment where CEIV Certified Companies, Shippers and Airport Authorities share excellence, set the new standards and analyze data.”

Leandro Moreira, Director, Brink’s Life Sciences and Chairman, Health Technologies Distribution Alliance.Br adds: “Promoting collaboration between the various operators in the pharma supply chain, is a formidable step to improve quality, enhance operational excellence and help increase compliance to regulatory requirements. Organizations such as Pharma.Aero, do a great job bringing stakeholders together to support all that.”

Pharma.Aero is extremely pleased with the growing interest of different stakeholders to embrace the common mindset and the need and role for our organization.

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Pharma.Aero: Projects are off the starting blocks

3rd General Meeting
Pharma.Aero had its 3rd General Meeting on September 19th. The assembly was held in conjunction with the Cool Chain Association’s Pharma & BioSciences Conference in Budapest.


FLTR: Lim Shyan Jun, Changi Airport Group - Muhammad Naseer, Sharjah International Airport - Gino Vleugels, Johnson & Johnson - Jimmy Nares, Miami International Airport - Nathan De Valck, Brussels Airport - Debby Mattys, MSD - Eddy Weygaerts, Pfizer - Jaisey Yip, Changi Airport Group - Donald De Souza, Sharjah International Airport - Gian Carlo Alessi, EuroAirport Basel - Reinout Puissant, Brussels Airlines - Nina Heinz, DHL Global Forwarding - Jeremy Mitchell, Sharjah International Airport


Projects launched
Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero says that after achieving its initial objective of expanding its membership base, Pharma.Aero now shifts its focus to topical projects amongst its members comprised of global air cargo stakeholders and pharmaceuticals shippers. Pharma.Aero currently consists of 20 members – of which 3 are top pharmaceutical shippers and 7 are key airports. The main goal is to achieve a reliable end-to-end air transport for pharmaceutical cargo. Together, the members will develop global pharmaceutical trade lanes, implement best practices, and share market knowledge and expertise across 5 different projects. One of the projects is co-led by a Pharma shipper.

Project 1. Pharma.Aero Shippers Advisory Group
The project aims to improve collaboration amongst all pharma stakeholders, ensure that Pharma.Aero stays ahead of industry trends and addresses issues that shippers encounter.

The participating Pharma.Aero members are Johnson & Johnson, MSD, Pfizer and Brussels Airport.

Project 2. IATA CEIV Pharma shippers validation
Nathan De Valck, cargo & product development manager at Brussels Airport explains “the project group will work with pharmaceutical shippers to validate and endorse the existing IATA CEIV Pharma checklist and audit methodology, resulting in a shipper-endorsed audit format, reducing audit workload and streamlining the audit process by the shippers”.

All three pharmaceutical shipper members, Johnson & Johnson, MSD and Pfizer, will participate in this project work group for which Brussels Airport assumes the coordinating role.

Project 3. Airside Transport Benchmark
Jimmy Nares, Section Chief, Aviation Marketing at Miami International Airport explains “the project group will come up with a framework for airports and their stakeholders to consider when reviewing airside transport solutions. It will also review all options and solutions that exist to avoid the exposure of pharmaceutical shipments to extreme temperatures while transported on tarmac”.

The participating members are Brinks, Brussels Airport, Changi Airport Group, Envirotainer, Expeditors, MSD, Mumbai International Airport, Pfizer and Sharjah Airport, with Miami International Airport taking the lead as project coordinator.

Project 4. Certified Pharma Lanes & Identification of Performance Indexes and Dashboard
Eddy Weygaerts, Transportation manager at Pfizer explains “the goal of the project is to establish pharma trade lanes involving “CEIV pharma certified” operators. The project group will also identify common KPIs during the process when the pharmaceutical shipment is being transported from airport to airport, and it will explore technologies to house the KPIs in the form of dashboards”.

The participating Pharma.Aero members are Brussels Airlines Cargo, Brussels Airport, DHL Global Forwarding, Envirotainer, Expeditors, EuroAirport Basel, Johnson & Johnson, MSD, MVD Free Airport and Singapore Airlines. Pfizer and Changi Airport Group are the co-leaders of this group.

Project 5. IATA CEIV Pharma Maturity Assessment
The overall objective is to work jointly with IATA to continuously improve the current IATA CEIV certification program, as well as to ensure the relevancy of the checklist. This project group will be launched in the coming months.

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Pharma.Aero Welcomes three new members

18 September 2017

Pharma.Aero welcomes an additional three companies into the organization. The two joining air cargo stakeholders are Expeditors and Envirotainer. Additionally, we have the honour to welcome our 7th airport member, Montevideo Free Airport. This brings the total number of companies in Pharma.Aero to eighteen members.

Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero, said: “The Pharma.Aero membership base is expanding to include all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain.  Our cross-industry collaboration now involves pharmaceutical manufacturers, airports, airlines, logistics service providers and solution providers.  This large scope allows us to tackle a broad range of improvement projects in the Pharma.Aero working groups. Together with these air cargo stakeholders, we will develop global pharmaceutical trade lanes, implement best practices and share market knowledge and expertise”.

Pharma.Aero welcomes other IATA CEIV airport communities, shippers, airline carriers, logistics companies and other pharmaceutical stakeholders with like-minded goals to become members.

Peter Van Domburg, district Manager Belgium & Luxembourg explains: “Close partnerships, consistent global execution, targeted communications, and deep industry expertise allow Expeditors’ logistics specialists to successfully navigate through the complexities of the healthcare industry. Pharma.Aero personifies the answers to these needs and why Expeditors believes in the success of this kind of collaboration which helps preserve the integrity of Healthcare products for the patients at the end of the supply chain.”

“MVD Free Airport is confident that joining Pharma.Aero will provide a solid platform for a better understanding of key tendencies and issues present throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain. It hopes to provide the network with strategic insights on the challenges faced throughout emerging markets and the best practices and lessons learnt that will enable the industry itself to raise the bar in terms of quality distribution standards.”, says Bruno Guella, Managing Director at MVD Free Airport.

Anna Levander, CSO at Envirotainer explains: ”At Envirotainer we feel very strongly that bringing the industry together to collectively further best practices based on real experience is the way forward to secure the integrity of Pharmaceutical products.”

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Brussels Airport and Miami Airport launch new pharma focused organisation: Pharma.Aero

On May 25th, during the TIACA AGM held in Miami, Brussels Airport and Miami Airport announced they will set up a new global organisation focussing on improved pharma handling and quality in the air cargo industry.

The new organisation, pharma.aero, will focus on airport communities that embraced the IATA CEIV program and that are looking to further build on the expertise gained thanks to this program. Also other members and individual companies will be able to join if they share the same objectives and goals of the organisation. The objective however will not be to have as many members as possible, but to focus on quality and content.

Brussels Airport was the first and today still the largest CEIV community in the world when launching the program together with IATA end 2014. Last year, Miami was the first airport organising a similar community setup in the Americas. Both have been working together and sharing ideas in the past year on the topic of pharma and cool chain and wish to continue to do so in an even formal and structured way. This has led to the creation of the new organisation.

The new organisation will have 3 main activities:

  • Networking and events: bringing all stakeholders together and creating an intense dialogue between a selective group of individuals and companies
  • Standard setting: bench marking, creation of standard protocols, joint projects, innovation, …
  • Network of excellence for its members: sharing best practises, audit support, setting up of a knowledge center, …

The ultimate goals of the organisation is to realise, together with the pharma manufacturers, lane certification for pharma transportation by air, increasing quality and transparency.

“As the busiest U.S. airport for international freight, perishable imports and temperature-controlled products, MIA seized the opportunity to further grow the local pharmaceutical transport industry by rallying the local cargo community and engaging them in the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification Program,” said airport director Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez. “And, after becoming the first IATA-designated pharma hub airport in the United States (and 2nd in the world), we now turn our efforts to leveraging our strength as a pharma hub by collaborating with other airports around the world who share a common goal of strengthening pharma certified trade lanes and extending pharma cold supply chains to reach new international markets.  We are very pleased to work with our friends at BRU on this important initiative.”

Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport, adds to this: “In the past 3 to 4 years, we have been working very closely with the pharma manufacturers, which has resulted in the IATA CEIV Program we organised at Brussels. This continuous dialogue has learned us that there still is a lot of work to be done before we can consider us as a true and reliable transport partner for them. We now want to continue and strengthen our approach by bringing it on a global level to create end to end solutions for the pharma industry. The organisation will be very much content focussed, developing solutions and creating transparency in very close co-operation with the pharma industry”.

Some details still need to be finalised, but by October the organisation will be officially launched and more details and information will be given. At that time, some other members will be announced too, including some pharma manufacturers.

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Pharma.Aero at FlyPharma

On June 6th and 7th, Pharma.Aero will be present at the FlyPharma Conference in Brussels. Click the button to read the article "Putting collaboration into practice: Pharma.Aero lead the way"

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Media Release PHARMA.AERO

27 October 2016 – Brussels Airport (BRU) and Miami International Airport (MIA), the first and second International Air Transport Association (IATA) designated pharma hub airports in the world, respectively, have taken the initiative to create Pharma.Aero, a new organization focused on improving pharma handling and quality in the air cargo industry worldwide.

Nathan De Valck, Chairman of Pharma.Aero, said “With the vision to achieve a reliable end-to-end air transport for pharmaceutical cargo, Pharma.Aero will focus on pharmaceutical shippers and all industry stakeholders who embrace the IATA CEIV program. Members of the organization will foster route certification/development of pharmaceutical trade lanes, implementation of best practices and sharing of market knowledge and expertise”. 

Along with the Founding Members, BRU and MIA, other stakeholders of the air cargo supply chain have also joined the organization. Singapore Changi Airport (SIN) is the first airport in Asia to join Pharma.Aero as a Strategic Member. 

Also, Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) is the first airport in the Middle East to join as a Strategic Member.

Other members who have joined include Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines Cargo, and Brinks Life Sciences.

Pharma.Aero welcomes airport communities, airline carriers, logistics companies, and other pharmaceutical stakeholders including shippers to become members.

Pharma.Aero has received endorsement letters from several pharmaceutical shippers, including MSD, UCB and Pfizer.  They welcome the initiative and will give their guidance and active support in the projects with the other members. 

Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo at Brussels Airport, adds to this: “in the past 4 years we have been working closely with pharma manufacturers, which has resulted in the first CEIV pharma community certification with 18 local BRUcargo based partners. We now want strengthen our approach by bringing it on a global level to create end to end solutions for the pharma industry. Pharma.Aero will be content focussed, developing solutions and creating transparency in close co-operation with the pharma industry”. 

Dr. Emilio T. Gonzalez, Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department which operates MIA adds - - “As the busiest U.S. airport for international freight, perishable imports and temperature-controlled products, MIA seized the opportunity to further grow its local pharmaceutical transport industry by engaging its cargo community in the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification Program.  In the process, we became the first IATA-designated pharma hub airport in the U.S.   Today marks an important day for MIA, as we shift our efforts towards collaborating with other pharma stakeholders around the world through Pharma.Aero.” 

Lim Ching Kiat, Managing Director, Air Hub Development, Changi Airport Group, said, “Pharmaceuticals is among our fastest growing cargo segments, registering a 19% year-on-year growth in the first nine months of 2016. We are also the first airport in Asia to embark on a community approach for IATA CEIV Pharma. With Changi Airport’s strong connectivity and facilities, Singapore is well-positioned to be the preferred gateway for pharma cargo in Asia. Our participation in Pharma.Aero will further strengthen our capabilities to handle pharma cargo and enhance the pharma supply chain in Singapore.” 

Mr. Glyn Hughes, Global Head of Cargo, IATA, confirms: “IATA congratulates the Pharma.Aero collaborative initiative that unites around the central theme of linking CEIV certified entities and trade lanes to improve industry logistical networks to achieve supply chain excellence. Such joint program enhances the Air Cargo industry’s value proposition and adoption of global standards in transporting time and temperature sensitive pharmaceuticals. Ensuring patient safety throughout the logistical journey is a collective responsibility and this is a great demonstration of that ideal. “

Contact: E-mail: Info@Pharma.Aero

Website: www.Pharma.Aero

About Pharma.Aero:

The worldwide Pharma.Aero platform will enable its members consisting of Airport Communities, Pharma Shippers, and other pharma logistics stakeholders to foster strong collaboration amongst themselves.  By sharing expertise, data, best practices and jointly working on innovative regional initiatives with an emphasis on the IATA CEIV Program, airports and their operators will achieve excellence in reliable end to end transportation for the pharma shippers and patients. 

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