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Who we are


The Puerto Rico Life Sciences Air Cargo Community works together to ensure that Puerto Rico is the best quality airfreight hub in the Americas and to act as a voice of the industry with legislators.

The Community is supported by the Puerto Rican Department of Economic Development (DDEC) and brings together airlines, airports, forwarders, integrators, pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, ground handlers, and hauliers.

The Community’s Board drives the initiative and includes Community members as well as the DDEC, Invest Puerto Rico, the Industry University Research Center (INDUNIV), Aerostar Airport Holdings, and the Port Authority of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is the number one bioscience manufacturing hub in the U.S. by export volume, and twelve of the world’s 20 top-grossing pharmaceutical companies, including Johnson & Johnson, Roche, and Abvie operate on the island, with eight of the 15 globally top-selling biopharmaceutical products manufactured in PR.

Twelve out of the top 20 medical devices companies have manufacturing sites on the island, including Medtronics, CooperVision, and Boston Scientific, manufacturing products such as pacemakers and implantable defibrillators, surgical instruments, lab devices, dental equipment, and vision correction.

Board of Directors


The Community Board includes representatives from the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) and Invest Puerto Rico, as well as the Industry University Research Center (INDUNIV), Aerostar Airport Holdings, and the Port Authority of Puerto Rico.

Board members are elected for a one-year term and meet every two months to agree on projects and topics to communicate to the logistics industry, as well as to legislators and authorities.

The community itself convenes twice a year for group meetings organized by the board.

Varlín Vissepó
Varlín Vissepó
Chief Legal Officer at Aerostar Airport Holdings, Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Joel A. Pizá-Batiz
Joel A. Pizá-Batiz
Chief Executive Officer Ports Authority
Tom Vincent
Tom Vincent
Chief Operating Officer of Prime Air
David Olan
David Olan
Transportation Lead for PR Operations at Johnson & Johnson/Pakistan International Airlines
Danny Rodriquez
Danny Rodriquez
Senior Director Supply Chain – Global Distribution Transportation Hub
John Bozek
John Bozek
Director of Research & Strategy at Invest Puerto Rico
Ivan Lugo
Ivan Lugo
Chief Executive Officer at Induniv Research Center, Inc. and Partner at WESSX, Inc
Vicente Hernandez
Vicente Hernandez
Station Manager at Amerijet International
Madeline Chatt
Madeline Chatt
Director of Trade Compliance, Dangerous Goods Specialist at CBX Global
Rodney Colon
Rodney Colon
Chief Executive Officer at GMD Airline Services
Russel Santiago
Russel Santiago
Manager Cargo Sales at American Airlines
Francisco Torres
Francisco Torres
Chief Executive Officer at Air Flamenco
Cesar Castillo
Cesar Castillo
Chief Executive Officer at Cesar Castillo, Limited Liability Company (LLC)
Jose Luis Morales
Jose Luis Morales
Director of Materials Management at Boston Scientific

Our mission


The Puerto Rico Air Cargo community works together to ensure that Puerto Rico is the best quality air freight hub in the Americas, acting as an intermediary with legislators and driving quality standardization.

Our vision


We aim to drive sustainable, state-of-the-art life sciences air logistics by ensuring quality throughout every stage of the shipment journey. The community is committed to ensuring seamless operations and processes as goods move throughout the region.

Core activities


The core activities of the community include the creation and maintenance of quality programs, intermediary action between legislators and industry members, data sharing between community members.

The promotion of high-quality standards plays a vital role in the community and its day-to-day operations. The reputation of Puerto Rico’s airfreight hub is paramount, and the community takes active steps to ensure rigorous quality control standards throughout the supply chain.

The community intermediary action aims to support the growth of the life sciences industry, aiding in problem solving and support to community members when issues arise.

Partnerships


The Puerto Rico Air Cargo Community is supported by the Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) and Invest Puerto Rico (InvestPR).

InvestPR works to elevate Puerto Rico as a world-class business destination. The organization is governed by an eleven-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Puerto Rico and is comprised of three public sector representatives and eight private sector representatives.

InvestPR’s mission is to promote Puerto Rico as a competitive investment jurisdiction to attract new business and capital investment to the island.

Both InvestPR and the DDEC work together as foundational members and partners of the Puerto Rico Air Cargo Community.

What our members say

“Puerto Rico benefits a lot from the Puerto Rico Life Science Air Cargo Community. The IATA CEIV certification initiative by the Puerto Rico Life Science Air Cargo Community ensures that every step in the air logistics chain is audited, verified and monitored in good and uniform way.”

Ivan Lugo, Executive Director, Industry University Research Center (INDUNIV).

“Being a part of the Puerto Rico Air Cargo Community has been a captivating experience. The community strengthens collaboration among industry leaders, elevating Puerto Rico’s air freight hub to new heights.”

Kurt Schosinsky, CEO, Viems Consulting & Advisor, Aerostar.

“Timely and efficient airfreight is crucial for industry operations. This community has already surpassed our expectations. It’s an invaluable network and we are proud to be a part of its success story.”

Jonas Van Stekelenburg, Adviser, Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC)