Published date: 27 November 2020

This notice was replaced on 27 November 2020

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Awarded contract (published 27 November 2020)

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Contract summary


  • Library automation equipment - 30238000

  • Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses) - 38000000

  • Industrial robots - 42997300

Location of contract

Any region

Value of contract


Procurement reference


Published date

27 November 2020

Closing date

1 December 2020

Closing time


Contract start date

11 December 2020

Contract end date

11 December 2023

Contract type

Supply contract

Procedure type

Open procedure (OJEU)

Any interested supplier may submit a tender in response to an opportunity notice.

OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) procedures are valued above a certain financial threshold.

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Public Health England provides a next generation sequencing (NGS) service for users within the PHE network. The high throughput nature of the work (greater than 50,000 sample/year) requires a large investment in automated processes that can interphase with our LIMS systems. PHE seeks to procure a new robotics walk-away platform for provision of its NGS service. The current workflow performs all procedures from sample dilutions, enzymatic library preparation (LP) and pooling of libraries. The robotics being offered must support ISO15189: 2012 under which PHE is operating. The procured system must be able to perform the current workflow (Illumina Nextera XT or Nextera Flex LP) appropriately and be able to be modified for future developments as and when laboratory requirements.

This is a tender for Colindale central sequencing laboratory only.

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About the buyer


61 Colindale Avenue, Colindale