Innovative drone delivery system is saving lives

November 07, 20181 minute read

A favorite session at 2018 CSCMP EDGE – especially among our AWESOME Scholars – featured Keller Rinaudo, founder of Zipline, talking about how a simple supply chain solution is saving the lives of millions of people. If you missed the session, an article on describes the way just-in-time drone delivery is bringing medical supplies to rural Africa.

According to the article, hospitals in Rwanda have been receiving blood, plasma and platelets via Zipline. As of last spring, drones had delivered more than 7,000 units of blood and “a third of these have been received in immediate life-saving situations…accounting for more than 20 percent of Rwanda’s blood supply.”

Zipline CEO Rinaudo is quoted as saying, “In East Africa, Zipline’s drones bring people the medicine they need, when they need it in a way that reduces waste, cost and inventory while increasing access and saving lives. We’ve been hard at work to improve our technology and are ready to help save lives in America and around the world.”

Read more about the service, as well as patient stories, at