Cem Kolak is the managing director of BL Turkey, a boutique Specialty Logistics Company founded in Turkey. Cem has started his career in logistics industry in 2004 in a private international forwarding company. He worked in almost every department from international road and airfreight operations to sales and marketing and overseas business development between years 2004 and 2008.
A tragic accident he had in his late twenties was a milestone in Cem’s life. After the accident just like reminding us Nietzsche’s famous quote “which does not kill me makes me stronger” in physical casualties he had, he surprisingly overcame the complications caused by the accident and made a new start for his life aspiring to contribute on health sector for healing process.
On those days he has joined health and pharmaceutical industry and found a great opportunity to represent a global life sciences logistics company Marken in Turkey. He has served as Project and Key Account Manager until 2016 With those experiences he developed his skills in Biopharma Logistics and Life Sciences supply chain management.
During his 15 years professional career in biopharma logistics, he has been involved in every key function area of supply chain management, time critical process management and lifesaving shipping organizations. Combination of his deep operational experience in various roles as a leader and the challenges of working for many different cultures has provided a unique range of perspectives and skills required to transform and grow BL TURKEY for Mr. Kolak. Cem holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and public relations from Istanbul Bilgi University. He speaks English and French. He is married and lives in Istanbul.
He says that ‘Although our life standards are getting better and human life is getting longer with developing technology, some cruel diseases may still take our loved ones apart from us. As BL TURKEY, our job is not only about sending and receiving shipments but also, we make a contribution in the process of cure development that saves human life. In other words, we serve with passion for creating a better life.”
Founder and Managing Director
Our mission is to provide the highest quality in biopharmaceutical logistics services
for time critical and temperature sensitive products and biological specimens.
We do, what we are expert in
We are expert in time critical and temperature sensitive
Our mission is to provide the highest quality in biopharmaceutical logistics services for time critical and temperature sensitive products and biological specimens.
We will develop our internal experienced staff and global network to ensure that customers’ requests are fulfilled with the best solutions they expect. In the most complex situations, we will combine and adapt all available resources to meet our customers’ needs.
By focusing only in health sector, we aim to be the leader of specialty logistics market in Turkey with our service quality.
As a pioneer of this market in Turkey we believe that our dedicated high- touch team, customer-oriented solutions, developing global network, concentration on human health in perfection service manner will lead us to our target.
BL TURKEY Management and its employees act with the absolute perception of “quality service and clean environment” both in the national and international markets.
BL TURKEY has adopted the principle of continuous improvement of the quality assurance system. Through our process based management systems we are establishing effective communication with all our stakeholders, we make accurate analyzes, predict possible risks and adopt preventive approaches to keep our service quality at highest level.
We aim to continuously improve our service quality and our market share while pursuing technological developments in service sector by taking customer demands and requests into consideration and by producing high quality service and creating complete customer satisfaction at the highest level together with the legal and regulatory requirements.
As BL TURKEY management, we are committed to provide a working environment based on environmental sensitivity for all of our stakeholders as well as our employees. We are working within the scope of the ISO14001 Environmental Management System Standards in order to fulfill our commitment to the environment and we aim to raise it to higher standards.
Along with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, ISO 45001:2018 completes the suite of key ISO management systems standards based on the Annex SL high-level structure. Understanding the international standard enables us to integrate other aspects of health and safety, such as worker wellness and wellbeing. It outlines common structure, core text, terms and definitions which helps BL TURKEY to align, combine or integrate our management systems and it gives guidance to enable us to provide safe and healthy workplaces by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving our Occupational Health & Safety performance.
Compliance can be obtained by strict adherence to the SOPs, but Quality can only be obtained by engaging all major stakeholders from the lowest to the highest level inside the supply chain on shipment basis. That vital role falls on the specialty logistics providers like BL TURKEY.
We are aware of the tremendous responsibility we take while serving the life sciences industry. We strongly believe that the way to fulfill our commitment of creating perfection in our job is only possible by following the highest quality standards in our operational processes. Our commitment to GDP compliance is just one way we minimize risk, increase efficiency, and optimize the supply chain for all our customers.
Embedded in a framework of accurate SOPs, our GDP complied quality management system includes a Corrective and Preventive Actions (CAPA) program. In short, we continually raise our standards to deliver unexcelled peace of mind to our customers.
As BL TURKEY, we are responsible for the safe and efficient transportation of life-saving medications. We work with pharmaceutical companies to develop and implement logistics solutions that meet their specific needs. We also work with regulatory agencies to ensure that our clients are in compliance with all applicable regulations.
The Pharma Logistics Network is a global association of specialty logistics providers who are experts in the shipping of time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical, life sciences and GMP products that meet the highest standards of compliance and quality. The PLN certification program is designed to ensure that members have the knowledge and skills necessary to transport time and temperature- sensitive biopharma products under GDP guidelines safely and effectively.
We are proud to be a member of the Pharma Logistics Network and to have renewed our membership certification. This certification demonstrates our commitment to providing the highest level of service to our clients on their worldwide time and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments.
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Patients around the world rely on health professionals to provide the treatments and therapies they need to thrive. A temperature excursion on the way to a clinical site can be costly for everybody. But for a patient, treatment delays can prove risky. Peli BioThermal’s temperature- controlled packaging solutions meet the needs of the most challenging transportation situations with the most reliable, longest temperature control duration on the market.
BL TURKEY as being the authorized distributor in Turkey is also certified by Peli BioThermal in the aspects of good preconditioning , validating all kind of temperature controlled thermal packaging systems such as Sherpa systems, CoolGuard PCM and Advance single use parcel systems and Credo Cube reusable parcel systems.