Zipline raises $25 million to deliver medical supplies by drone

Zipline raises $25 million to deliver medical supplies by drone

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Zipline International Inc. has raised $25 million in a Series B funding round to expand its humanitarian delivery drone business in Rwanda, the U.S. and beyond.

The startup builds drones and runs delivery services, dropping crucial medical supplies, like blood, vaccines, or antibiotics to clinics in areas that aren’t accessible by land.

Recently, TechCrunch visited Zipline’s headquarters in Half Moon Bay, California for a behind the scenes look at the company’s fixed-wing drones, launchers and unique landing rigs.

Visionnaire Ventures led the Series B in Zipline joined by Sequoia Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Subtraction Capital and Jerry Yang said CEO and cofounder Keller Rinaudo.

Rinaudo said, “We have instant delivery of dinner from companies like Doordash, or groceries from Instacart, so we though, we can do this for medical products.”

Zipline recently began a national program to deliver blood on-demand in Rwanda to clinics serving 6 million people there already.

The Rwandan government will expand its Zipline service to reach all of the nation’s 11 million citizens in coming months, he said. Zipline will begin dropping off other medical products soon too, including vaccines, rabies post-exposure prophylaxis and anti-venom.

The funding will go towards hiring, technology development, and setting up Zipline aerial delivery systems in new markets such as Indonesia, Viet Nam and the U.S., Rinaudo said.

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