SAS Cargo is in the right place for pharma

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With its headquarters in the middle of one of Europe’s biggest life science clusters, SAS Cargo is well placed to act as host sponsor of the FlyPharma Conference Europe when it comes to Copenhagen.

The Medicon Valley cluster and the Oresund region is host to more than 200 pharma companies and 170 medtech firms.

The region has a long-standing tradition of welcoming prominent pharma brands. Since the 1960s, SAS Cargo has provided airfreight services to pharmaceutical companies requiring international connections.

Acting as host sponsor of FlyPharma gives the airline an opportunity to gain further insight into how to address customers’ needs and discuss the future of pharma transportation with relevant stakeholders.

The airline tells Air Cargo Week: “We see a strong need to simplify the value chain and collaborate across the entire chain in order to provide the pharma companies with the transparency and reliability they require.”

The FlyPharma Conference Europe 2019 will be held on 22-23 October at the Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel and will build on the success of last year’s event, which was held in Brussels, Belgium on 5-6 June.

SAS Cargo will have a key note speaker slot to address the future potential of pharma transportation and highlight the importance of transparency and reliability.

To ensure it maintains high standards across Scandinavia, SAS Cargo works closely with handling partner Spirit Air Cargo in Copenhagen to improve the handling of pharmaceutical and life science products.

The airline says: “Together with our partners we have invested in facilities, training of staff, enhancing equipment and implementing software that can facilitate improved pharma handling.”

SAS Cargo has invested in cooling and controlled room temperature facilities across all three major Scandinavian hubs to meet IATA standards for CEIV certification. All long-haul destinations and most European stations are pharma compliant with staff trained to handle pharma shipments according to CEIV standards.

SAS Cargo still believes it is important to come together at conferences such as FlyPharma.

The airline says: “We believe collaborating across the entire value chain is the key to success in meeting the needs within future pharma transport.

“Meeting all relevant stakeholders and discussing future opportunities, challenges and needs is a great opportunity for us all to set off in the right direction.”

President and CEO, Leif Rasmussen adds: “We are very pleased to co-host this important conference. Operating out of our region where pharma and life science is a major contributor to economic growth makes reliable handling of sensitive pharma shipments a natural top priority for us.”

“The pharmaceutical industry rightly expects high standards and performance from each stakeholder of the entire transportation chain. We aim to add real value to the needs and expectations of the pharmaceutical industry through high quality, transparency and secure transport of their temperature sensitive products.”