Swoop Aero, based in Melbourne, Australia, builds and operates drones to transport medical supplies, just announced it has secured an eight-figure investment round. The medical drone company will use the funds to establish a presence in New Zealand and certify is aviation systems for additional operations.
Medical drone company Swoop Aero secures eight-figure investment
Swoop Aero has made a name for itself in a number of ways. For instance, it was the first company in the world to fly a drone commercially from one country to another.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Swoop Aero delivered personal protection equipment (PPE) in Malawi with drone that was flown remotely from Australia.
According to Australian Aviation, chief executive Eric Peck said:
“As COVID-19 has shown, problems with access to much-needed health care supplies are consistent across the globe, even in developed countries like Australia where pathology tests take days to arrive, if they arrive at all.”
“We’re laser-focused on further developing our service offering in ANZ and expanding operations so that more people can access vital services.”
“We can’t imagine a future where drone transport isn’t a universally critical component of the health supply chain.”
“One of the biggest lessons from the pandemic is the need to remove the red tape which limited our capacity as a nation to respond as quickly as we could have, with a self-distancing solution to deliver life-saving medicines, and early testing kits.”
Swoop Aero has been involved in a number of groundbreaking projects including one in which a vaccine was delivered by drone to a baby on a small Pacific island in partnership with UNICEF. The drone covered more than 25 miles over rugged mountains in Vanuatu, which otherwise would’ve taken hours to cross by road. According to Swoop Aero, around 20% of children in that country do not receive important vaccinations because the supply is too difficult.
Swoop Aero’s latest investment round was completed with funds from Right Click Capital and Tempus Partners.
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