Fresh emergency organs may soon be delivered by medical drones

ehangImagine driving an ambulance in the streets of Los Angeles. You’re trying to save a patient’s life — perhaps delivering a kidney to transplant — and need to hit the gas. But you can’t, because humans take up an unfair amount of space on the road.

Biopharmaceutical companies are looking elsewhere to save lives: the skies.

At CES 2016, Ehang, a Chinese drone company, revealed the 184 drone, a huge drone that could transport a human passenger as far as 10 miles. The Verge reports that the same company is being commissioned by Lung Biotechnology, a subsidiary of United Therapeutics, a multi-billion dollar biotech company, to build 1,000 autonomous drones based on the 184 that’ll deliver organs to a network of hospitals.

The proposed drone system is dubbed the MOTH, short for Manufactured Organ Transport Helicopter system.


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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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