Keller Rinaudo is the CEO and co-founder of Zipline. Zipline is the world’s only national-scale, instant drone delivery service. Its mission is to provide every human on Earth with instant access to vital medical supplies. Zipline designs, manufactures, and operates its unmanned aircraft system in the United States and is progressing towards FAA type certification of its drones and air carrier certification for its US operations. Zipline’s customers today include governments, health systems, pharmaceutical companies, and large logistics networks. Zipline operates at national scale in Rwanda and Ghana and began operating in the US in 2020.
Each week, a single Zipline distribution center – a combination of medical fulfillment warehouse and drone airport – is capable of the on-demand delivery of more than two tons of temperature-controlled medicine to any point across an almost 8,000 square mile service area. Each aircraft can fly 100 miles round trip, in strong winds and rain, day or night, to make on-demand deliveries in 30 to 45 minutes on average. Zipline’s drones have flown more than 5 million autonomous miles to deliver more than 1.5 million doses of vaccines, units of blood, and critical and life-saving medications to more than a thousand health facilities serving more than 25 million people across three countries.
As CEO, Mr. Rinaudo leads a team of 400+ engineers and operators. Prior to Zipline, he was a software engineer and a professional rock climber. A graduate of Harvard University, Mr. Rinaudo built computers out of RNA and DNA that can operate in human cells as molecular doctors. He published this research in Nature Biotechnology, becoming one of the youngest first authors in that publication’s history.
September 6-8, 2022 • Caesars Forum • Las Vegas