Dare to dare: reshaping the last-mile delivery in the biologistic ecosystem by means of an innovative drone-powered solution

Managing the cold chain is important to maintain sample integrity but also its quality during the last-mile delivery. Blood and other biological materials, and also pharmaceuticals are extremely sensitive and become less effective or even potentially harmful for patients when exposed to temperatures outside their recommended transportation range. With more and more high-value thermosensitive health products being launched, pharmaceutical companies and the global healthcare sector face an increasing economic risk when transporting goods. During shipment, when talking about sensitive products one usually thinks about products that are sensitive to temperature, but other environmental conditions should also be considered, including humidity, light, oxygen, shocks, or vibrations. Many tracking technologies exist but they are fragmented solutions that still don’t address all the situations that will occur.

Congestion does not only have a negative impact on the environment, but it is also a major hurdle in situations where healthcare products need to reach patients or hospitals quickly. More than half of the world’s population lives in cities. With an additional 1 billion people projected to be living in cities by 2030, traffic is going to increase greatly. This means that within the city, biologistics will be a major challenge in the future. Accommodating them will be essential to ensuring the quality of urban life and all who live there.

Nowadays, everything moves: people, goods and data; so why not blood, organs or any other healthcare products by the use of drones? The last two decades have seen the rise of drones in a wide variety of areas, such as inspection, surveillance and agriculture. Advances in the fields of miniaturization, energy storage, electronic control systems and communication have made it possible to multiply innovative applications. The transport sector is concerned with the arrival of this new actor because it can help to reduce the impact of pollution, traffic jams. The talk will focus on the next-generation of connected of high-performance passive temperature-controlled packaging systems to minimize temperature excursions and our drone-based solution would be presented.

At Drone4Care, we are reinventing the operational efficiency in transportation and distribution of healthcare products by using drones to improve the quality of patient care, scientific research and the healthcare system as a whole.

Drone4Care is a Belgium future-oriented innovation start-up (recently located at Nivelles, “Diginnov Initiative”, incubator specifically dedicated to autonomous systems) with the objective of addressing a huge societal challenge in the healthcare sector: mobility of health matters. We are convinced that by using many next-horizon technologies, or in combination, with the help of drones, and by displaying a number of innovative business models and practices (i.e. order grouping, night deliveries, vehicle routing), we will create an advanced multi-modal mobility platform for the benefit of all. Today, we would like to present to the audience our drone-powered solution as a key enabler for a more efficient, greener and smarter way to move health goods.


Laurent Dollé(1)
Patrick Mascart(2)
Jean De Brabander(3)
Jean-Marc Hausman(4)


Business Developer Drone4Care, Brussels, Belgium (1)
Innovation Manager Drone4Care, Brussels, Belgium (2)
BVBA DE BRABANDER, Zoutleeuw, Belgium (3)
Université catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Louvain, Belgium (4)

Presenting author

Laurent Dollé, Business Developer, Drone4Care
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