Deloitte drones are to be used for the delivery of laboratory samples to a San Diego children’s hospital.
Replacing courier delivery services that can be affected by high traffic volume, the drones will bridge the last five miles between San Diego International Airport and the Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine (RCIGM).
Currently in early planning stages, the Deloitte and RCIGM teams will work on the plan for their drones to deliver lab samples alongside the FAA, which will help minimise flight risk and optimise the route.
It is thought that the operation will then be used as a blueprint internationally.
Mathew Rommel, commercial market leader for Deloitte U.S. Drone Services, commented to FierceBiotech: “Don’t think of the flight path simplistically as flying the shortest straight-line distance from airport to hospital, but instead navigating an efficient path that takes into account terrain of the ground being flown over.”
The hospital uses whole genome sequencing to uncover rare diseases in critically ill newborns.