Cold chain forum returns to Dubai in June

Logistics and pharmaceutical industries will discuss the challenges faced by the cold chain sector.
A photo from last year's event.
A photo from last year's event.



The second annual MENA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Forum takes place next month in Dubai, organised by MCI Group on 2 and 3 June, 2015.

The forum is supported by Dubai Customs, Saudi Pharmaceutical Society and Supply Chain & Logistics Group.

The healthcare cold chain logistics services market is currently worth $7.3 billion and is expected to expand to almost $11.4 billion by 2018.

While health authorities are demanding for stricter conditions from all sections of the cold chain, International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created a Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics with the aim of helping the industry to improve the transport and handling of pharmaceutical products to meet the requirements of shippers and manufacturers.

CEO of Dubai Hospital Dr. Abdulrahman Mohammad Saleh Al Jassmi will deliver the opening keynote speech, discussing challenges and opportunities in cold chain.

Also featured at the forum is a regulators' panel, moderated by Prof. Ibrahim Alsarra, chairman of Saudi Pharmaceutical Society, along with Dr. Ali Al Sayed Hussain, director of pharmacy department, Dubai Health Authority, and the Government of Dubai.

Ajay Bhojwani, MCI Middle East managing director commented: “As a leading healthcare conference organiser in the region, we feel proud that the MENA Pharmaceutical Cold Chain Forum enters into its second edition with bigger participation and more trust from the industry and stakeholders.

"We are delighted to have Dubai Customs, Saudi Pharmaceutical Society and all other eminent speakers and panellists who will share their expertise and knowledge over two days.”

The forum features international speakers from Brussels Airport Company, IATA UNICEF along with companies such as Astra Zeneca Glaxo SmithKline, Hoffman-La Roche and Amgen, and key logistics providers and distributors.

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