UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles)

Project purpose

Cargo Drones have demonstrated the ability to provide low-cost, reliable and just-in-time delivery to difficult to reach areas. These aspects are ideally suited for the transport of medical goods for both routine public health needs as well as for humanitarian emergency preparedness and response. With 3.4 billion people living in such areas and disposable income rising, the need for rural access to reliable healthcare services is increasing.

Project objective(s)

The project initiates the potential use of UAV in the Life Science and Medtech Airfreight industry.

Our aim is to collaborate with all members of the supply-chain to reduce the delivery time for Pharma products from Hospital to Clinic using innovative solutions such as drones or UAV.

With this new project, Pharma.Aero and HLA would like to link the experiences of both worlds –

Project status and key-takeaways

WP1 finalized :

An exclusive webinar was organised for the members of both organisations (Pharma.Aero and HLA) on June 15, 2021, followed by a survey. The results of the survey and insights gathered amongst the presenters, the attendees and the project group were outlined in a White Paper, marking the completion of the project’s first phase. The White Paper examined the competitive positioning of UAV against other transportation modes, the regulatory framework for drone operations and applications of UAV in the Pharma and Humanitarian Air Cargo sector.

Read more details HERE.

WP2 finalized :

A 360° video was created to show more details about a drone lab, different types of drones and a drone operation. This video is available for Pharma.Aero members only.

WP3: ongoing

Project support and collaboration

  • Edmonton International Airport
  • Sharjah Airport
  • Astral Aviation
  • Astral Aerial Solutions
  • MSD
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Zoetis
  • va-Q-tec
  • HLA (the Humanitarian Logistics Association)
  • 30 members respondents to the survey (WP1)
  • Ricardo Entz, Elemental-Future (external consultant, Project Manager WP1-2)
  • Olivier Defawe, VillageReach (external consultant, Project Manager, WP3)

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