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HDA Research Foundation Selects Supply Chain Scholars

January 30, 2020

ARLINGTON, Va. — The HDA Research Foundation honored three graduate students as the recipients of its second annual scholarship.

"Our 2020 scholars demonstrate remarkable dedication to leadership and innovation as well as a desire to promote the greater good of their organization," said Perry Fri, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the HDA Research Foundation. "Their educational achievements and professional contributions will further enhance the safety, reliability and efficiency of the pharmaceutical supply chain."

The scholarship program was established in 2018 in conjunction with HDA Convene, expanding upon the Foundation’s mission to foster industry knowledge and professional development opportunities.

Winners include:

Cheryl Basile
Manager, GMP Planning & Management
Daiichi Sankyo Co., Ltd.
MSC Supply Chain Management | Rutgers University

Erica Connell
Pricing & Contract Analyst II
Anda, Inc.
Global Supply Chain Management | DeVry University

Pablo Medina 
Associate Director Product Lifecycle and Protection
Genentech, A Member of the Roche Group
Global Executive MBA | IE University and Brown University

Applicants were evaluated through an essay and supporting materials. Scholars demonstrated how the funds would benefit their growth within his or her organization and contribute to the efficiency of the supply chain and the patients it serves. To qualify, the applicants were required to possess at least two years of working experience within an HDA-member distributor or manufacturer company.

The next application period will open on May 4, 2020. For additional information and eligibility requirements, visit


The HDA Research Foundation is the 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization of the Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA). The Foundation serves as the thought leader in driving research, education and discussion for all healthcare supply chain stakeholders, enabling the industry's ability to deliver efficient, safe and secure patient access to medicines and medical products. Learn more at


The Healthcare Distribution Alliance (HDA) represents primary pharmaceutical distributors — the vital link between the nation’s pharmaceutical manufacturers and pharmacies, hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics and others nationwide. Since 1876, HDA has helped members navigate regulations and innovations to get the right medicines to the right patients at the right time, safely and efficiently. The HDA Research Foundation, HDA’s nonprofit charitable foundation, serves the healthcare industry by providing research and education focused on priority healthcare supply chain issues.


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