Strategic Partnerships That Make a Difference 

The HDA Foundation collaborates with external partners to help fulfill its mission of advancing innovation and education in our field. Through our joint efforts, we support the professional development of supply chain professionals, and in doing so, continue to enhance the safety and reliability of distributing medicines and medical products.

Rutgers University Supply Chain Management

The HDA Research Foundation has partnered with Rutgers University Business School Supply Chain Management Program since 2017. Each fall, a group of graduate students collaborate with HDA distributor and manufacturer members on top-of-mind industry issues, providing an opportunity to learn about the pharmaceutical supply chain industry.

In 2021, a group of five undergraduate students worked directly with distributor subject matter experts to benchmark sustainability initiatives in healthcare distribution. Findings indicate HDA members view reducing carbon emissions and waste/pollution as top priorities and are taking steps to decrease their footprint. Recommendations from the students include implementing operational excellence and increasing awareness about sustainability initiatives within HDA member organizations. The group held weekly panel discussions with distributor members, disseminated a survey to key stakeholders and held individual interviews with HDA members and the Food Marketing Institute, culminating in a presentation to HDA members and a whitepaper. 


Sponsors: Dr. Reddy's Laboratories, Inc. and Eisai, Inc

Four students evaluated strategies for ensuring a flexible supply chain for situations where drug shortages occur.  


Sponsors: Eisai, Inc and IQVIA  
Through panel interviews and a survey with manufacturers, distributors and dispensers, a team of four graduate students explored how elements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA) will extend into the broader healthcare system. View the webinar recording. 

Sponsor: IQVIA 
Five students worked as a team to understand how system conversions tied to technology upgrades and/or acquisitions cause companies to lose money because of lack of consistency in terminology and process in contract and chargeback administration across the industry. View the webinar recording.


Sponsors: Amneal Pharmaceuticals, IQVIA , WDSrx - Woodfield Distribution, LLC 

2022 Annual Grant Contributors

Mission-Driven to Deliver Excellence

The HDA Research Foundation provides in-depth research and thought leadership to help fulfill our mission and advance the industry with the latest insights and best practices. Our projects may take the form of whitepapers, webinars or more, but regardless of the medium, our efforts are always undertaken with the goal of ensuring that we are conducting research critical to advance the industry and those we serve. 

Contact Us

For more information about partnerships, or to inquire about engaging in research, contact Rachel Newman, Associate Director, Foundation.

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