Keller Rinaudo is a robotics entrepreneur who is showing the world how drone technology can be used to save lives. He is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Zipline, which delivers over 20% of the national blood supply of Rwanda outside the capital. Called a "visionary project" by the World Health Organization, "the new face of the aerospace industry" in The New York Times, and one of Business Insider's Startups to Watch in 2017, Zipline uses cutting-edge technology to leapfrog the absence of pre-existing infrastructure all over the globe and deliver medical necessities to healthcare professionals and their patients in the most remote parts of the world. Before founding Zipline, Keller was a software engineer with a special interest in robots and autonomous systems. A graduate of Harvard University, he built computers out of RNA and DNA that operate in human cells as molecular doctors and published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication's history. He was also a nationally ranked professional rock climber.
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- Healthcare Delivery; Supply Chain and Transport; Artificial Intelligence; Drones; Future of Mobility; Fourth Industrial Revolution; United States
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- Africa, Rwanda
Designs, manufactures and operates the world’s only national-scale drone delivery service.