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HDA Research Foundation Names Supply Chain Scholars

January 13, 2021

ARLINGTON, Va. — The HDA Research Foundation has conferred four graduate-level scholarships to pharmaceutical supply chain leaders.

"Our Foundation scholars represent the curiosity and dedication of the people that make up our industry — who work to ensure the safe and reliable delivery of lifesaving medicines and healthcare products in the U.S. each and every day,” said Perry Fri, Executive Vice President and COO of the HDA Research Foundation. “We are proud to foster the continuous growth of HDA-member professionals, their companies, and ultimately, support the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the healthcare supply chain, through our annual scholarship program.”

Established in 2018 in conjunction with the Healthcare Distribution Alliance’s (HDA) Convene initiative, the HDA Research Foundation Scholarship Program is open to industry professionals pursuing a graduate degree with at least two years of experience working within an HDA-member distributor or manufacturer company. Candidates were evaluated based on an essay and letters of support, among other requirements.

Honored 2020–2021 scholars include:

Devon Blackburn
Senior Channel and Contract Analyst, Genentech
Executive Master of Business Administration, Brown University and IE Business School

Terese Coppa
Supply Chain Analyst II, AmerisourceBergen 
Master of Business Administration, La Salle University

Alissa Falcon Minnich
Product Manager, Digital Commerce, AmerisourceBergen/MWI Animal Health
Master of Health Administration, Drexel University

Frank Gunson
Director, Quality - Full Line Distribution, AmerisourceBergen
Master of Science, Quality System Management, New England Institute of Business at Cambridge College

The next scholarship application period will open in early May. Additional information is available at


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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