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Special COVID-19 Series:
Innovation in the Health Care Supply Chain During the Time of COVID

October 29, 2020

10:00 am - 11:00 am EST

Presented in collaboration with


The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted the global supply chains.  The pressure for medicines, protective equipment, therapeutics, and products to combat both COVID-19 and existing illness and disease will only increase as the pandemic continues and the need for an equitable, inclusive, and efficient distribution of all of these for COVID-19 and other diseases needs to be ensured.
PQMD, in collaboration with the World Economic Forum (WEF), is hosting a webinar on October 29, 2020 at 10AM where leaders in the fields of healthcare, supply chain and humanitarian services can discuss the current distribution landscape for life-saving medicines, vaccines, and other essential goods in the face of this global pandemic. They will discuss some examples of innovative mobility solutions and discuss novel technologies that can be used to solve for supply system challenges and generate true community value. 

Confirmed Panelists

Conor French, General Counsel, Zipline
Conor leads legal, regulatory, and public affairs for Zipline, a California-based robotics and logistics company which manufactures, and operates an unmanned aircraft system that makes reliable, on-demand deliveries of blood, vaccines, and medicines to patients and doctors within minutes in Ghana, Rwanda and the United States. 

Conor has been active in a number of social enterprises throughout his career. He is a 2018 Presidential Leadership Scholar, a Truman National Security Fellow and has been recognized as a 2020 Crisis Leadership Trailblazer, the Bay Area’s top corporate counsel, and on the US General Counsel Powerlist. He received his JD from NYU Law and his BA from Georgetown. Conor is admitted to the CA, DC, MA and NY bars.

Larry St. Onge, President, Life Sciences & Healthcare, DHL 
As a member of Customer Solutions & Innovation Global Senior Management Team, Larry leads the DHL Life Sciences & Healthcare Global Senior Management Team. He is responsible for driving the growth and development of life sciences and healthcare business on a global scale and leads sector strategy along with commercial and solution development.

He was appointed to his current role in 2018, and during his 17 years at DHL, he has held several leadership positions across several sectors, developing innovative customer solutions and working to expand DHL’s capabilities around the globe.
Prior to DHL, Larry was Vice President, Corporate Accounts at Airborne Freight. He joined Airborne in 1989 and held a variety of leadership roles in that organization before joining DHL in 2003.

He was born in Atlanta and attended university at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point New York, where he majored in international relations. He resides in the U.S. with his wife and three children.

Susanne Somerville, CEO, Chronicled
Susanne is CEO Chronicled, focusing on establishing networks powered by blockchain to automate the way companies do business together.  She is one of the founders of the MediLedger Network, established for the Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences industry, with solutions already available to enable prescription medicine verification, and automation of revenue management processes.  She brings over 25 years of pharmaceutical, biotech, and supply chain experience. Susanne was most recently the Vice President of Supply Chain, North America, for Genentech, member of the Roche Group.


Margi Van Gogh, Head, Supply Chain and Transport Industries, World Economic Forum
Margi leads the Supply Chain and Transport initiatives at the World Economic Forum and is a member of the Mobility Platform. 

The work of the Mobility Platform focuses efforts on accelerating the global transition to safer, cleaner and more inclusive transportation systems, ensuring equitable access to mobility for society, and sustainable delivery of goods to urban and rural communities. 

Margi has previously worked in the express, supply chain, shipping and retail sectors for multinational organisations, and most recently in healthcare - specifically in the medical defence services arena. 

Margi has worked across Europe, Africa, Asia and in the United States, serving both private and public-sector clients, and holds an MBA in International Business from the Institute for Management Development (IMD) in Lausanne, Switzerland. 


PQMD is composed of leading healthcare companies and international NGOs working tirelessly to make an impact in global health every day.  The network enjoys historical and trusted relationships that continue to prove essential in global health work.   

Produced with the generous support of Pfizer.


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