Rafik H. Bishara, PhD

Rafik H. Bishara, PhD

FlyPharma Chair and Technical Advisor

Rafik H. Bishara, PhD, has become one of the most respected figures in the pharmaceutical supply chain distribution sector, following a distinguished 35-year career with Eli Lilly & Co. as Director, Quality Knowledge Management and Technical Support.

Dr Bishara served on the Board of Directors of Sensitech, Inc, Kodiak Thermal Technologies, Inc and BioConvergence/Singota Solutions, and on the Board of Advisors of Entropy Solutions, Inc, CryoPort and MARKEN. He is currently on the Pharmacy Advisory Council, URAC, and has been a Temporary Advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) since 2007.

He served on the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) Expert Panel, that prepared a sub-chapter on Storage and Transportation of Investigational Drug Products (IDPs).

Dr Bishara is also a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Pharmaceutical Outsourcing Journal.

Throughout his career, Dr Bishara has worked consistently towards harmonization of many global regulations and guidelines for the handling, storage and transportation of pharmaceutical and biotech products. He has chaired and presented at industry-leading conferences, has authored numerous articles, and has technically advised several organizations on good cold chain and temperature-controlled management. His current focus is on Secure Temperature-Controlled Supply Chain.


Welcome from Chair

PANEL: The golden rules for air cargo pharma handling: opening Pandora’s box?

Moderator: Bruno Guella, MVD Free Airport Panelists: Geert Verniers, BD Director and Partner, 4Advice Rafik H. Bishara, PhD, Former Director of QKMTS, Eli Lilly and Company Olivier Simonnot, Senior Manager Strategic Marketing, Life Sciences EMEA, Sensitech Abdullah Bahadir Büyükkaymaz, Special Cargo Manager, Turkish Cargo Frans Vriend, Regional Sales Manager, va-Q-tec Why are pharmaceuticals so difficult to transport, […]


DAY 2 CLOSING KEYNOTE PANEL: Innovation today and tomorrow

Moderator: Rafik H. Bishara, PhD, FlyPharma Chair and Technical Advisor Panelists: Eddy Weygaerts, Senior Manager for Logistics Delivery ELC and ES EU, Pfizer Marrie Groeneveld, Chief Commercial Officer, SkyCell AG Yoram Eshel, Former Senior Director, Head of Global Transportation and Logistics, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd Matthew Wilson, Chief Product Officer, Veratrak A selection of FlyPharma speakers discuss the […]


Chair’s opening address

Chair’s closing remarks