EIC Accelerator’s grant application has been awarded to Amsterdam-based company Avy. With the call of the European Commission for proposals that contribute to the fight against the Corona crisis, Avy’s long-distance drone is a solution for urgent medical transport between healthcare facilities and supports emergency services with aerial camera images to assist at incidents. The granted subsidy of €1.4m will enable Avy to expand its experience and expertise in Europe.
Patrique Zaman, CEO and Founder of Avy, said, “We are a ‘Drones for good’ organisation. This means that we use our technology for life-saving applications. Think about medication transport or, supporting the fire brigade and the police. Together with the Medical Drone Service consortium, we have been investigating how drones can be used for the transport of blood, medicines and diagnostic samples from care locations to hospitals and laboratories since 2019. We do this together with ANWB Medical Air Assistance and PostNL, medical partners Erasmus MC and Sanquin and various technology partners. It’s time to use our expertise and experience to make a contribution to the logistical challenge of centralised care within Europe.”
For emergency medical deliveries Avy has developed an aircraft that combines a drone and an airplane. The long-range drone has the flexibility of a drone and the efficiency of an airplane. With the increasing demand for healthcare, reducing the reaction time between notification and medical delivery is becoming increasingly important. Avy’s goal is to ensure medical care in a changing world and to prove that drones can contribute to bringing care in the right place at the right time. Not only in the Netherlands, and Europe but also in emerging markets such as Africa where Avy is also active.