Swoop Aero Skyports and BD Rowa™ partner to integrate air logistics in the pharmaceutical industry

Kelberg, Germany / London, UK / Melbourne, Australia, 21/03/2022: Swoop Aero, Skyports and BD Rowa™ today announced a strategic partnership to transform health supply chains across Europe, Australia and other global markets through the integration of autonomous air logistics in the pharmaceutical industry. The partnership unlocks a new frontier of value and outcomes for the pharmaceutical sector, the health system and the patients it serves.

The collaboration brings together Swoop Aero and Skyports, world leaders in drone services and technology, with BD Rowa™ʼs expertise in developing and delivering automated technology and services for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

The three companies share the view that the integration of automated technology solutions plays an important role in improving the health supply chain and system outcomes. Similarly, they consider coordination between specialist providers to deliver integrated solutions that target multiple parts of the supply chain critical to drive transformative change.

There are so many touch points along the journey pharmaceutical products take from the point of manufacture to the point of patient care. Integration of technology at any one of these provides opportunities to improve healthcare system outcomes. By seamlessly integrating sustainable air logistics to deliver medical supplies, we have already seen significant improvements to access to medicine through our operations.” said Swoop Aero’s CEO and co-founder Eric Peck.

Next level thinking is to look outside your immediate field of focus, at what other leading providers are doing in the supply chain, and explore opportunities where collaboration can create more value. BD Rowa™ has a strong pedigree in developing automated storing and dispensing solutions for wholesalers, pharmacies, hospitals and patients. We are looking forward to working with them to augment that value they bring to health systems by integrating autonomous air logistics.”

Skyports, who leverages Swoop Aeroʼs technology in operations with the NHS and Royal Mail in the United Kingdom as well as Fed Ex in Ireland, sees healthcare and pharmacy full of high leverage opportunities for drone logistics:

We already know the power that drone logistics can bring to healthcare settings from our work with the NHS in the UK, transporting pathology samples and COVID-19 tests. In just the UK to date, we have saved over 12,000 hours of patient waiting time, meaning that patients can start treatment sooner and get on with their lives. With this partnership with BD Rowa™ we’re bringing drone delivery to the pharmaceutical sector to provide speed, frequency and reliability to patients located in hard-to-reach communities across the UK, Europe and the Middle East. We look forward to rapidly expanding this service in collaboration with BD Rowa™ and Swoop Aero”, said Alex Brown, Director, Skyports Drone Services.

BD Rowa™ recently expanded into the last mile delivery space as a way to add further value to its customers and has seen the results of taking a holistic view to value creation. It saw working with market leaders in autonomous air logistics solutions as an obvious extension.

“We were impressed with Swoop Aero’s technology and the impact they and Skyports were having deploying it in global markets in conjunction with major players in the healthcare industry. It was clear early on that we shared common ground. We are excited to bring this new technology and the specialist expertise of both Swoop Aero and Skyports to the table in our discussions with customers globally“, said, Mario Ulrich, Global Industry Leader Pharmaceutical Distribution Center, BD Rowa™.

About Swoop Aero

Swoop Aero is an Australian drone-powered logistics company founded in 2017 to transform how the world moves by making access to the skies seamless. We integrate drone logistics into the first and last mile of the supply chain to transform its strength and agility. Where we donʼt deliver that service ourselves, we provide our technology platform selectively to organisations across the globe to further the reach of our impact. Our goal is to provide a service accessible by 1 billion people in 2030, delivering impact across industries including health, transport, disaster management, and Search and Rescue. Since its founding in 2017, Swoop Aero has worked with some of the largest organisations in global health across three continents, including UNICEF, the Gates Foundation, UK Aid, USAID and Gavi the Vaccine Alliance. Find out more at: www.swoop.aero


About Skyports

Skyports is a world-leading unmanned aircraft services provider, committed to creating positive change by connecting people, businesses and communities to vital supplies and services, such as healthcare, maritime, logistics and e-commerce. Skyports also designs, builds and operates vertiports for air taxis, and partners with electric vertical take-off and landing passenger and cargo vehicle manufacturers around the world, to enable safe, sustainable and efficient flight operations within urban and suburban environments. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, Skyports has projects operating across multiple continents, including the Americas, EMEA, and APAC regions. Skyports investors include Deutsche Bahn Digital Ventures, Groupe ADP, Irelandia Aviation and Levitate Capital. Find out more at: www.skyports.net