Novacyt signs contract to supply PCR instruments to UK DHSC


This is the second major contract awarded by the DHSC to Primerdesign, Novacyt’s molecular diagnostics division, during the COVID-19 pandemic

Novacyt has signed a supply contract with the UK Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) for its q16 and q32 Rapid-PCR instrument platforms, exsig COVID-19 Direct kits and genesig SARS-CoV-2 Winterplex kits.

Under the terms of the two phase contract Primerdesign will supply its products to the DHSC for up to six months. Phase one has an initial fixed term of 14 weeks with the potential to extend supply by a further 10 weeks. This will involve the immediate deployment of 300 PCR instruments, related kits and support services with a minimum value of £150m for the first 14 weeks. Based on this initial period, a further £100 million of revenue could be expected for the subsequent 10 weeks, although volumes could be subject to variation.

The second phase of the contract, which is optional by the DHSC, allows for the provision of up to 700 additional PCR instruments, related kits and support services, as well as additional COVID- 19 products from the Primerdesign’s portfolio where required.

The intended use of the contract is for Novacyt to support the urgent requirement for COVID-19 testing of patients in the NHS. In addition to the provision of products, the company will also provide training and maintenance services for the q16 and q32 instrument platforms.

Novacyt has the capacity to meet the demand of both phases of this contract. Graham Mullis, Chief Executive Officer of Novacyt, said: “I am delighted that Novacyt continues to play a key role in helping the UK fight the COVID-19 pandemic and this second DHSC contract reinforces the Company’s important position within UK diagnostics today. Through this contract, we will be working to support the NHS as we approach an expected challenging winter period.

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“The ability to test multiple patients with our market leading COVID-19 kits and instruments designed to provide results in under 60 minutes will help to ensure vital NHS services can continue to function during these difficult times. I am immensely proud of what the Novacyt team continues to deliver and remain confident in the prospects of the business, not only for the short-term, but also for the longer-term.”