Artificial intelligence (AI) supplier discovery platform scoutbee has launched an online service to provide free help to organisations trying to source critically needed medical equipment.

Until 30 April, organisations struggling to source urgently needed supplies can make a request for scoutbee’s AI-powered supplier search. The platform uses a real-time analysis of global supply chain data to help organisations find suppliers faster, while keeping search resources low.

scoutbee co-founder and managing director Gregor Stűhler said: “When coronavirus began to cause pharma and medical supply shortages, we knew we should help. The team built a simple tool in only 48 hours so organisations with great need can gain rapid access to our supplier insights, in order to help with shortages of critical supplies.”