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Dallas Fort Worth to Host First-Ever Pharma Logistics Masterclass in North America

In a major development, Pharma.Aero and the University of Antwerp have formally signed an agreement with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), the University of North Texas, and the University of Texas at Arlington, solidifying their collaboration for the upcoming 2024 edition of the Pharma Logistics Masterclass. This marks the first time the Masterclass will be held in North America, following successful editions in Europe, the Middle East, and South-East Asia.

The 2023 edition in Singapore attracted a record-breaking 136 participants from 24 countries. A comprehensive overview of the key takeaways and insights is now available for the wider public, in the newly released 2023 PLMC White Paper.

As the PLMC continues to grow, its unique curriculum explores key topics such as patient care, ethics, regulatory issues, risk management in the supply chain, synchro-modality, logistics ecosystems, digital innovation, and crisis preparedness. The preliminary program for the upcoming 2024 edition has been unveiled and is now accessible online, offering a sneak peek into the comprehensive and cutting-edge discussions that await participants.

Prof. Dr. Roel Gevaers, University of Antwerp

Chair of the PLMC

"I am thrilled to announce our upcoming Pharma Logistics Masterclass in the vibrant and strategic hub of Dallas Fort Worth. By convening in this dynamic region, we aim to bring together industry leaders, innovators, experts, and scientists to explore cutting-edge solutions, foster collaboration, and address the challenges shaping the future of pharma logistics."

Trevor Caswell, Chairman of Pharma.Aero

“Bringing the Pharma Logistics Masterclass to North America marks a significant milestone, as we expand our Pharma.Aero footprint in the region. We extend our sincere gratitude to Dallas Fort Worth Airport, a member of Pharma.Aero, and our academic partners for their invaluable contributions. Together, we look forward to the impactful discussions and outcomes that will undoubtedly shape the future of the life science and MedTech logistics industry.”

John Ackerman, Executive Vice President Global Strategy and Development – Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

“DFW Airport is honored to host the 2024 Pharma Logistics Masterclass for the first in The Americas, which underscores the important role North Texas plays in the dynamic growth of the pharmaceutical industry and in the global supply chain. As a key participant in this globally renowned event, we are eager to highlight the region's evolution into a prime hub for the bio-life science sector and emphasize the role played by DFW Airport in fostering this progression. The industry's expansion has significantly contributed to job creation, attracting top talent and fostering innovation. DFW Airport takes great pride in being a cornerstone of this success story, facilitating seamless logistics and connectivity that are essential for the pharmaceutical sector's sustained growth and for enriching lives by ensuring product integrity.”

Frank Van Gelder, Secretary General of Pharma.Aero

Co-Chair of the PLMC

"Building on the momentum of the past 3 editions of the Pharma Logistics Masterclass, it is essential to unite the rapid growth of the life science market in North America and capitalize on it in the PLMC24 program. The choice of Dallas Fort Worth is driven by the exponential growth of this emerging market within the US."

Prof. Dr. Koen Vandenbempt, Dean, Faculty of Business and Economics - University of Antwerp

"As the Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Antwerp, I am honored to announce the 2024 Pharma Logistics Masterclass in Dallas Fort Worth. This platform, developed in collaboration with Pharma.Aero, has become a crucial hub for global knowledge exchange within the Pharma Logistics industry."

Prof. dr. Wouter Dewulf, Academic director C-MAT - AMS

"The Dallas Fort Worth region has emerged as a strategic logistics hub due to its central location, strong infrastructure, and connectivity, making it an ideal venue for the 4th edition of the Pharma Logistics Masterclass."

Prof. Dr. Gabriela Wilson, co-director of the Multi-Interprofessional Center for Health Informatics – The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA)

“UTA’s involvement underscores our role in regional development and our commitment to addressing local and global logistical challenges in the pharmaceutical industry. Through our participation in this strategic partnership with Pharma.Aero, DFW Airport, the University of North Texas and the University of Antwerp, we continue to contribute to our long-term academic and research excellence goals while having a global impact.”

Brian Sauser, Professor and Chair Department of Logistics and Logistics Management, G. Bring Ryan College of Business, University of North Texas

“This collaboration shows the commitment of all involved to the value and importance of advancing the life sciences logistics industry.”

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