We are contracting for the opportunity to provide biological sample logistics and fulfilment services. The aim is that these contracts will start in January 2022.
Why are biological samples so important?
Biospecimens, particularly blood, will need to be transported from participating donors to a laboratory for analysis. Biospecimens are vital to our programme as they will help researchers to build a more comprehensive picture of health and wellbeing that will improve our ability to understand, predict, and prevent disease, enabling people to live longer and healthier lives.
A unique logistical and fulfilment challenge
Our Future Health biospecimens will be taken from clinical sites, such as hospitals and blood donation sites in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and be transported to four laboratories. At these laboratories, the important work of carefully processing and analysing the samples will begin.
Biological sample logistics and fulfilment tender requirements
We are contracting for the opportunity to provide biological samples logistics and fulfilment services including:
• chain of custody and auditability
• packaging requirements (UN3373)
• collection and drop off points across the UK
• interim storage/consolidation (hub & spoke) options
• reporting/tracking solutions
• temperature monitoring solutions
• kitting and fulfilment options
Our Future Health is the Contracting Authority and Akeso & Co are undertaking the procurement on our behalf. For further details of this opportunity, please visit Biological sample logistics and fulfilment services – Find a Tender (find-tender.service.gov.uk).