The US company Spright is currently building a drone-based delivery network for healthcare in the US with more than 300 locations.
The medical flight service provider has signed a purchase agreement worth USD 16 million (EUR 14.4 million) with German drone pioneer Wingcopter.
The companies aim to meet demand for medical drone services in the US, with news of a partnership breaking out last week.
WHY IT MATTERS
The vision of enhanced cooperation is to improve access to health care for rural and underserved regions in the United States. Medicines, medical supplies, vaccines, blood and laboratory samples are transported between healthcare facilities faster and as needed.
The network that will benefit from the medical drone deliveries currently consists of hundreds of hospitals in 48 states.
In addition, Spright Wingcopter supports the certification process for its drone model Wingcoper 198 at the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
Both companies announced a strategic partnership in August 2021, in which Wingcopter and Spright strive to reduce the healthcare industry’s carbon footprint and create more sustainable supply chains.
THE BIGGER TREND
Spright is a subsidiary of Air Methods, the leading US provider of medical air services. The company provides end-to-end drone-based deliveries for hospitals, clinics and laboratories across the United States.
Wingcopter is known for using its eVTOL (Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing) drones for humanitarian initiatives. In January last year, the company raised $22 million for COVID-19 vaccine distribution.
In April 2021, Wingcopter also partnered with Japanese airline All Nippon Airways (ANA) to expedite drug delivery.
ON THE RECORD
“This multi-million dollar commercial agreement with Spright is clear evidence that the Wingcopter 198 is a perfect fit for the product market,” said Tom Plummer, CEO and co-founder of Wingcopter, “The projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) for the drone delivery market of more than 50 percent to a total volume of almost 40 billion US dollars by 2030 underlines the rapid establishment of eVTOL technology for last-mile logistics. We are excited to be at the forefront of this rapidly growing new market with Spright.”
“We are excited to have Wingcopter on board as our aircraft technology partner,” said Spright President Joseph Resnik, adding, “With its leading eVTOL aircraft design, Wingcopter brings the maturity to meet the complex and diverse needs of the U.S. healthcare market.” . We are confident that our combined strengths will yield innovative, time-saving solutions that meet the needs of our customers and their communities.”