Rafik H. Bishara, PhD

Rafik H. Bishara, PhD

FlyPharma Chair & 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

Recap on Day 1 and outline of Day 2.


PANEL: Global vs local

In an ideal world, a truly global supply chain community would involve every country meeting the same set of quality standards and asking for the same legislative requirements. But will local challenges ultimately prevent this from becoming a reality? Panel topics include: – How can we find a balance between global and local needs? – […]


Chair’s closing thoughts

Chair’s opening address

WORKSHOP: What responsibility do you have for the rest of the supply chain?

Every supply chain stakeholder plays their part in the successful transportation of a pharmaceutical shipment from A to B. How does your role impact your partners’ roles? Is there room for improvement? Moderator: Rafik H. Bishara, PhD, FlyPharma Chair and Technical Advisor


PANEL: Temperature control and monitoring for pharma products

Panel topics include: – Why is temperature control so critical? – Have we reached a point where we are getting it right most of the time, or is there more work to be done? – What is the most innovative temperature monitoring product in the marketplace right now? – How difficult is it to meet […]


Chair’s closing remarks