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Matternet's M2Drone System to Carry Out Rapid Delivery of Medical Supplies

By CIOReview | Monday, July 20, 2020

Patients, as well as medical professionals, are poised to benefit from the new drone-based medical supply delivery services.

FREMONT, CA: Matternet is the leading provider of drone-based logistics services in urban areas. It has now enabled a new medical supply delivery network at Wake Forest Baptist Health in North Carolina. With a hub-and-spoke routing model, Matternet, along with UPS Flight Forward (UPSFF), is all set to undertake rapid delivery of medicines and PPE kits for doctors, health workers, and patients.

The project is one of a kind in the U.S. drone delivery industry. For time-and-temperature sensitive, high-cost, low shelf-life medicines, drone delivery is an ideal option as it enables delivery in a matter of minutes. "Increasing efficiency of our supply chain routes helps provide better service to our patients and their families. Partnering with UPS Flight Forward through our iQ Healthtech Labs opens new doors for us to do just that through drone delivery," said Conrad Emmerich, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Wake Forest Baptist Health.

"Now more than ever it's important for hospitals to have reliable, predictable and efficient methods for transporting critical medicines and time-sensitive lab samples that need results quickly. We are thrilled to expand our partnership with UPSFF to other U.S. hospitals and work with Wake Forest Baptist to implement our drone logistics network that will help transform their operations and patient care," said Andreas Raptopoulos, CEO of Matternet.

With cutting-edge technology, Matternet has been operating in the U.S. since August 2018 in partnership with UPSFF. The on-demand drone delivery it provides in the healthcare domain in urban areas is futuristic and highly effective.