Haydale has announced that further to a memorandum of understanding signed on 11 November 2020, it has now signed a Collaboration Agreement with ProMake Limited with respect to the fulfilment of Promake's commitments under the Public Health England ("PHE") National Microbiology Framework.
In line with the UK Government's aim to supply fast turnaround tests in its fight against Covid-19, PHE announced a new National Microbiology Framework in November 2020. There were four discrete lots within this framework and ProMake tendered for Lot 2 and Lot 4.
Lot 2 consisted of the development of goods and services mainly for research and development, experimentation and study. PHE announced on 23 April 2021 that ProMake was one of 69 successful bidders. ProMake is to further develop their prototype BioPod testing device to provide an immediate PCR test result for Covid-19 and other diseases. The multi-use device will utilize graphene and other nano materials within its electronic testing system.
The aim of Lot 4 was to ensure that there is consistent and affordable provision of high quality, safe and compliant testing services which can be delivered efficiently and effectively to support wider clinical services.
PHE announced on the 21 April 2021 that ProMake was one of 50 successful bidders, with their PreVent testing device that allows users to exhale onto a capture unit that is set within a test chamber. The prototype device collects a higher level of viral load, is less invasive than mainstream testing methods and should reduce clinical laboratory testing time and cost.
The collaboration agreement is for Haydale to be the exclusive supplier of the graphene and other nano materials required for the effective functioning of the Lot 2 BioPod device and sets out Haydale's responsibility for the manufacturing supply of several elements of the Lot 4 PreVent testing device.
The Haydale Board relays that it is premature to provide any guidance as to the timing or value to Haydale of this collaboration, but anticipates being able to give a more detailed update over the coming months.
Gavin Leggott, Co-founder and COO at ProMake, said: "We are working with Haydale on a number of projects. We value their technical advice and project management experience, and they are a vital partner in the consortia that we have put together to deliver on these exciting projects".
Keith Broadbent, Haydale CEO, said: "It has been a privilege to work with such innovative thinkers as Jason and Gavin. The opportunity to assist in the fight against Covid-19 is one that we are keen to be involved in".