Keller Rinaudo: How we're using drones to deliver blood and save lives
Keller Rinaudo - Robotics entrepreneur
Keller Rinaudo is CEO and co-founder of Zipline, building drone delivery for global public health customers. (He's also co-founder of Romotive, makers of the tiny robot, Romo.) Full bio
can never start in Africa.
to help the continent advance
can't provide for itself.
technology like robotics
in the developed world,
Africa is falling behind.
who's spent a lot of time here in Africa.
electric autonomous aircraft
and health centers on demand.
automated delivery system
on the potential of this technology
of the country's blood on demand.
units of blood a year.
that when you need it,
that using this technology,
more blood centralized
when a patient needs something
in an average of just 20 or 30 minutes.
so ... better to show.
outside of Kigali.
nine months ago,
in a couple weeks.
can send us a WhatsApp,
spring into action.
Center for Blood Transfusion;
knows where the blood is going;
pack it into a Zip,
these little autonomous airplanes
to 100 kilometers an hour
the end of the launcher,
controller calling it in
and drops the package.
simple things are best --
to the ground gently and reliably
one minute before we arrive, saying,
to save a patient's life.
happen from our distribution center;
as it makes a delivery at a hospital
of that vehicle on the screen.
over the cell phone networks.
just like your cell phone does,
over the cell network
and how they're doing at all times.
we actually buy family plans --
about 20 percent
at an accelerating rate.
blood in this way,
actually place multiple orders every day.
waste against access.
you keep everything centralized.
are having emergencies,
the medical product they need.
a lot of medicine at the last mile,
the medicine they need.
a lot of medicine out,
government has been able
what they need instantly,
less blood at the hospitals.
has increased substantially
zero units of blood have expired
by any other health care system
delivering medical products instantly,
came into one of the hospitals
and she started to bleed.
of her blood type on hand
via Zipline's routine service,
with a couple units of blood.
in about 10 minutes.
is in grave danger --
who were taking care of her
our distribution center,
delivery after emergency delivery
seven units of red blood cells,
in your entire body.
emergency deliveries like that,
behind most of those emergencies.
a doctor save a mom's life,
it's not a Rwanda problem,
Rwanda was the first country
to do something about it.
of Africa being disrupted
can out-innovate large, rich ones.
the absence of legacy infrastructure
and better systems.
cellular networks were about to roll out
that you were crazy.
to connect and empower people.
flows through M-Pesa,
relies on that cellular network.
serving private health care facilities,
leads to more innovation.
in developed economies
is technologically impossible,
at national scale in East Africa.
not just Rwanda.
this same technology
of a wide range of medical products
people in the country.
autonomous system anywhere in the world.
of what this looks like,
around the distribution center,
of health facilities and hospitals,
of the population of Tanzania,
multiple distribution centers.
lifesaving deliveries every day,
over 1,000 health facilities
is moving really fast.
generate compounding gains.
in this infrastructure for health care,
that they can use
at these distribution centers are local.
engineers and operators.
automated delivery system
companies in the world
basic access to medicine
of you, it's so philanthropic."
that we sign with ministries of health,
sustainable and scalable.
about correcting that misperception
is the only force in human history
of people out of poverty.
is going to sustainably employ
may have gotten 10 years ago
dramatically by technology.
that are tackling these global problems
in developing economies?
and entrepreneurs are totally blind
of NGOs or governments,
I left something out of the video
to the distribution center.
where we operate.
to decelerate the plane
to zero in half of a second.
that plane as it comes in,
onto an actively inflated cushion.
of an aircraft carrier
why I wanted to end with this video.
and the teenagers
at the distribution center early
we begin operation.
getting good seats.
it's a sky ambulance."
technology companies of Africa
to be up to these kids.
of Rwanda and Africa.
of our shared future.
that future is if we realize
can scale in Africa,
can start here first.
About the speaker:Keller Rinaudo - Robotics entrepreneur
Keller Rinaudo is CEO and co-founder of Zipline, building drone delivery for global public health customers. (He's also co-founder of Romotive, makers of the tiny robot, Romo.)
Why you should listen
As CEO and co-founder of Zipline, a drone delivery company focused on health care, Keller Rinaudo works with the country of Rwanda to make last-mile deliveries of blood to half of the transfusing facilities in the country. The ultimate goal is to put each of the 12 million citizens of Rwanda within a 15–30 minute delivery of any essential medical product they need, no matter where they live.
Zipline is also working with GAVI, UPS, USAID and several other countries in East Africa. The company is a team of 60 aerospace and software engineers headquartered in San Francisco, CA. It's funded by Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Paul Allen, Jerry Yang and Stanford University. Rinaudo is also a professional rock climber ranked top 10 in sport climbing. He has scaled alpine cliffs in France, underwater caves in Kentucky and the limestone towers of Yangshuo, China.
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