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What we do

Apian is first and foremost a healthcare company, whose business is to improve health outcomes. We do this by building products and platforms to connect the healthcare industry with the drone industry.

Medical logistics in the UK are in a chronic condition:
  • The NHS accounts for 5% of all road traffic in England.
  • Slow laboratory turnaround times cost lives.
  • Unreliable and uncoordinated deliveries cause overstocking, duplicates services and wastes money.
We believe that drones can help by providing a vital, on-demand delivery of faster, smarter, cleaner healthcare.

  • Saving time by flying over the congested streets.
  • Saving money (if the service operates at large scale).
  • Making medical logistics more efficient by enabling deliveries which are not currently feasible.
  • Providing medical products and tests to patients and clinicians more quickly.
  • Reducing traffic on roads.
See Flying High: The future of drone technology in UK cities.

Apian works with all different types of electric drones ensuring the right tool for the right job. This ranges from fixed-wing hybrid VTOL (vertical take off and landing) for long range endurance flights, to multi-rotor for easier to launch, shorter flight times. The largest drones we use have a wingspan of 5m and can carry up to 25kg in weight.

Our largest drones have a flying time of up to an hour and a half on a single charge and a maximum speed of 100mph.

Whilst we’re working with a number of drone manufacturers to increase the payload weight, the current maximum weight we can deliver is 25kg.

Our drones are flown by drone operators with a valid CAA permission for commercial work. We are vendor neutral and put out our contracts to tender.

Aviation is safer than road transport. There have been no known collisions between small drones and manned aircraft in the UK. The CAA’s analysis indicates two incidents of proximity per million flight movements and, for this specific risk, the likelihood of an actual collision would be considerably less than this. The average fatality rate for passengers carried by UK operators is 1 in 287 million. In comparison, in the UK there is a 1 in 17,000 chance of being killed in a road accident and a 1 in 19 million chance of being killed by a lightning strike.

All drone operators procured by Apian are required to adhere to our standards and best practise guidelines providing proof of their safety systems and relevant insurance policies.


We can fly in the same weather conditions that helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) fly in.

During takeoff, landing and hovering drones are comparable in sound to a lawnmower. When cruising in forward flight under the power of the propeller, the noise is barely audible and certainly quieter than a car.

Apian Services

NHS Air Grid (NAG)

A nationwide network of secure air corridors connecting hospitals, pathology labs, GP surgeries, care homes, pharmacies and other healthcare service providers designated for NHS service delivery

Health systems integration

Seamless integration into Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), Electronic Health Record systems (EHR) and Inventory Management Systems (IMS).

Order management

A clinician interface app allowing healthcare staff to safely and securely schedule, order, track and bill drone deliveries. This job management platform allows smart procurement, inventory management and forecasting of patient samples and supplies.

Standards & best practice guidelines

Derive evidence-based clinical and non-clinical recommendations for the use of drones in healthcare. This will include Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), healthcare staff engagement and academic research.

Medical drone container

Standardised, medical-grade container adhering to packaging and transport regulations ensuring ease of payload auditing. This will enable payload security and authentication, as well as measuring and recording internal payload environments.

Dronepad automation

UAV landing, takeoff and storage infrastructure for healthcare providers including automated loading and unloading capability using robotics.