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Remembering Larry St. Onge

We are sorry to inform you that Larry St. Onge, President, Global Life Sciences & Healthcare, DHL Customer Solutions & Innovation, passed away in May 2021.

As anyone who has read his blog will know, Larry was an expert in his field, having spent more than 24 years in the logistics and transportation industry. Over the last 18 years, he held leadership roles across a diverse range of sectors and functions at DHL, developing innovative customer solutions, expanding our capabilities and promoting the services of all of our divisions around the world.

His most recent – and arguably most significant – contribution came over the last three years as President of DHL's Global Life Sciences & Healthcare sector. Leading this critical sector through a global pandemic was a massive challenge which Larry rose to magnificently. Always committed, energetic and knowledgeable, he was central to DHL's successful response to COVID-19 around the world.

Larry's insights into Life Science logistics trends – which he so ably communicated in his regular blog posts – were always a fascinating and informative read. They are also more relevant than ever. That's why, as a tribute to Larry, we'll be keeping them open on this page.

Anyone who knew or worked with Larry will remember him fondly for his cool, calm personality, his warm sense of humor, his dedication to his team and his passion for delivering excellence to customers. His passing comes as a great shock to all of us at DHL, and he will be much missed by everyone.

Preparing for the challenge of COVID-19 vaccine logistics

More than 250 potential COVID-19 vaccines are being developed currently worldwide. 10 billion – the estimated number of vaccine doses that would need to be delivered to all corners of the world within two years.

Necessity is the mother of invention: How healthcare needs are sparking logistics innovation

The global pandemic is causing a broad tranche of changes across all industries and some of these changes are extremely positive. In life sciences and healthcare, a welcome development has been a noticeable uptick in logistics innovation.

5 reasons why clinical trials need a customs control tower

Clinical trial shipments have priority at customs, but things can and do go wrong. Complex and fractured clinical trial brokerage, poor visibility of customs status and costs, delays resulting from document, license or permit irregularities, late clearance that adds storage expense and risks losing a trial, poor coordination between parties in the supply chain, and the destruction of late-arriving expired goods. These challenges will be familiar to clinical trial sponsors and contract research organizations (CROs) but there is a solution.