Future opportunity

Biological sample logistics and fulfilment services

  • Our Future Health (Akeso&Co acting on behalf of)

F01: Prior information notice (prior information only)

Notice reference: 2021/S 000-024351

Published 30 September 2021, 4:15pm

Section one: Contracting authority

one.1) Name and addresses

Our Future Health (Akeso&Co acting on behalf of)

2 New Bailey, 6 Stanley Street


M3 5GS




+44 2045291688


United Kingdom

NUTS code

UK - United Kingdom

Internet address(es)

Main address


one.3) Communication

Additional information can be obtained from the above-mentioned address

one.4) Type of the contracting authority

Other type

Health Research and Development

one.5) Main activity

Other activity

Health research

Section two: Object

two.1) Scope of the procurement

two.1.1) Title

Biological sample logistics and fulfilment services

two.1.2) Main CPV code

  • 64120000 - Courier services

two.1.3) Type of contract


two.1.4) Short description

OFH are seeking to engage the market and gain feedback on viable solutions for the most effective approach (commercial & clinical solution) to collection and transportation blood samples from a wide variety of clinical and non-clinical settings to 4 UK processing sites (England, Scotland, Wales & N. Ireland)

Consideration is also being given to a wider service to include fulfilment services which include the provision of booking system, kit assembly, packaging and associated consumables as well as onwards postage to the processing sites.

OFH are seeking to review both ambient logistics channels as well as cold chain to include temperature tracking options in order to maintain sample integrity.

two.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

two.2) Description

two.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)

  • 60000000 - Transport services (excl. Waste transport)

two.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS codes
  • UK - United Kingdom
Main site or place of performance


two.2.4) Description of the procurement

The aim of Our Future Health is to recruit up to 5 million adults from across the UK to take part in the largest research study of its kind. Participants will be asked to provide information about their health and lifestyles and small sample of their blood. Combining these multiple sources of health information, including genetic data, will create an incredibly detailed picture that represents the whole of the UK. OFH is separately contracting for services to process samples from each of participants with the aim to commence from Jan 22. It is expected that this will include award to 4 processing sites in the UK. OFH are now seeking to engage providers of logistics services and fulfilment that can manage biological samples in order to define key requirements to consider:Chain of custody,Packaging requirements,Collection and Drop off points,consolidation options,Reporting /Tracking solutions,Temperature monitoring,fulfilment options.

two.2.14) Additional information

Providers in this market are invited to express interest in this procurement activity by email to ofhtransport@akesoco.com by Friday 15th October. On receipt of expression of interest providers will be asked to respond to a short questionnaire in advance of being invited to a briefing sessions to describe the requirement and expectation of the service of the market in more detail.

two.3) Estimated date of publication of contract notice

30 November 2021

Section four. Procedure

four.1) Description

four.1.8) Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

Section six. Complementary information

six.3) Additional information

Please note if you have already responded to PIN 2021/S 000-022727 you do not need to respond again to this notice.

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GO Reference: GO-2021930-PRO-18994607