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Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru hosts 2nd edition of Pharma Logistics Summit, organised by ITLN

September 20, 2018: As a pharmaceutical market, India has witnessed spiraling growth in the past few years. Industry estimates indicate that India is likely to emerge among the top three pharmaceutical markets by incremental growth and sixth largest market globally in size, with an expected size of about $20 billion by 2020.

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(L-R) Reji John of ITLN (MODERATOR); T V Madhusudan of RPG Life Sciences; Arun Chandra of BIAL; Gubba Kiran of Gubba Cold Storage; Dr B Kumar of Central Drugs Standard Control Organization, Bangalore; Udit Mangal of Pluss Advanced Technologies

September 20, 2018: As a pharmaceutical market, India has witnessed spiraling growth in the past few years. Industry estimates indicate that India is likely to emerge among the top three pharmaceutical markets by incremental growth and sixth largest market globally in size, with an expected size of about $20 billion by 2020. Considering the sheer size and scope of Indian pharmaceutical industry, an agile cold chain for this crucial commodity remains the need of the hour.

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(L -R) Ryan Viegas of Teva Pharmaceuticals (MODERATOR); Pratik Mehta of BIAL; Pramod Sant of Siemens; Ashok Bhattacharya of Takeda Pharmaceuticals India; Prashanth Murali Kaivar of Tech Mahindra; K Balaji of Spicejet; Manjunath M S of Global Cold Chain Alliance

Sensing this criticality, the Indian Transport and Logistics News (ITLN) and Bangalore International Airport Ltd. (BIAL) – operator of the Kempegowda International Airport, Bengaluru (BLR Airport) – brought together stakeholders from the pharmaceutical and logistics industries with a view to bridge the gaps between the two sectors. At the Pharma Logistics Summit, 2018 held on Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at the Taj- Bengaluru International Airport, the theme ‘Driving Business Value with End-to-end Pharma Supply Chain Visibility’, will ensure that the exchange of knowledge will improve business between the Pharma and Logistics industries.

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(L-R) Maruthi Srinivas Mulukutla of Mylan; Ryan Viegas of Teva Pharmaceuticals; Makrand Sane of Sun Pharmaceutical Industries; Deepa Satish of Jubilant Biosys

Inaugurating the event Javed Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Bangalore International Airport Limited, said that Bengaluru is the second fastest growing airport in the world and the fastest in India and he reiterated the airport's commitment to make BLR Airport the cargo gateway of India. Malik also assured the pharmaceutical exporters, present at the event, that the airport will create the best infrastructure to support the smooth movement of temperature controlled pharma cargo in partnership with all concessionaires. Malik also highlighted the importance of going digital and how the airport management is working on creating the airport as an “intelligent cargo gateway”. “Always focused on bytes and not bricks,” he said.

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The panel discussions that followed discussed some of the crucial issues of the temperature controlled logistics for the pharmaceutical export and for domestic distributions. The event attracted 120 delegates representing leading pharmaceutical companies and logistics service providers from around the country.

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(L-R) Surya Kannoth of ITLN (MODERATOR); Ameesh Masurekar of AIOCD AWACS; Vinayak Kothurwar, Supply Chain Specialist; Harish Jain of Embiotic Laboratories & Secretary - KDPMA; Arun Rao of rfxcel; Abhijeet Gaddagi of Shadowfax

After a successful inaugural event in Mumbai in February 2017, the second edition in Bengaluru addressed key issues plaguing India’s cold chain infrastructure and explored possibilities to improve the supply chain. The event saw logistics heads of companies like Teva Pharmaceuticals, Biocon, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, Sun Pharmaceutical, Mylan Laboratories and many more discussing ideas and sharing best practices with logistics players to propel the industry in the right direction.

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Pharma Logistics Summit 2018 has generated considerable interest among the industry stakeholders and has garnered support from key air cargo stakeholders. The Platinum Sponsor – BIAL, which operates BLR Airport– has made its mark for efficiency, new initiatives and speed to become South India’s cargo hub. Other sponsors include SpiceJet, which is doubling its freight capacity with the introduction of freighters into its fleet, and Air India SATS. The one-day event is supported and endorsed by industry organisations like Karnataka Drugs & Pharmaceuticals Manufacturer's Association (KDPMA), Global Cold Chain Alliance and Federation of Indian Export Organisation (FIEO).

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