Wonderware LIVE! Keynote Speaker:
Founder and CEO of Zipline
Keller Rinaudo is a robotics innovator and visionary who is showing how drones can save lives. He is the CEO and co-founder of Zipline, which manages a system of custom robotic aircraft specifically designed to carry life-saving medical supplies to areas in need. Rinaudo and his team at Zipline are using cutting edge technology to leapfrog the absence of preexisting infrastructure all over the world.
Zipline recently signed a partnership with the country of Rwanda, which will ultimately put all 11 million citizens of the country within a 15-30 minute delivery of blood and any other essential medical product.
Zipline is also working with the Global Alliance for Vaccines, UPS, USAID, and several other countries in East Africa. The company is comprised of a team of 30 aerospace and software engineers located in San Francisco, CA. It is funded by Sequoia Capital, Google Ventures, Paul Allen, Jerry Yang, and Stanford University.
The idea for Zipline was born on a trip to Tanzania a few years ago. Rinaudo had the opportunity to meet with a researcher who had been working on a project to compile a database of doctors across the country that required some sort of immediate medical assistance for their patients.
This assistance typically came in the form of special medicine, blood donations, and other emergency treatments. Rinaudo was astounded by the sheer number of requests for medical supplies in the database and the lack of availability for those supplies to be delivered as needed. He and a few friends were inspired to find a solution and Zipline was born.
Before founding Zipline, Rinaudo was a biotech engineer with a special interest in robots and autonomous systems. A graduate of Harvard University, Rinaudo built computers out of RNA and DNA that can operate in human cells as molecular doctors.
He published this research inNature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication’s history. After he successfully created these “molecular doctors”, Keller founded the small startup that would eventually become Zipline. Rinaudo recently took to the main stage at TED to speak about the future of personal robotics.
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