The Catalan Government resolves a new contract in cytogenetics. The regional executive has awarded Werfen the delivery of reagents to the Vall d’Hebron Hospital for up to $959,000 (€791,000), according to the community’s contracting profile.
Werfen will supply this Barcelona hospital with reagents and equipment for fish techniques for the anatomical pathology, hematology, and genetics departments. The fish technique is a laboratory practice to detect and locate a specific DNA sequence in a chromosome. The technique is based on exposing chromosomes to a small DNA sequence called a probe that has a fluorescent molecule attached to it. This operator has been awarded the contract for a period of two years, although an extension of two more years, until 2024, is foreseen.
The annual payments contemplate a payment of $198,200 (€163,420) plus $41,530 (€34,318.2) VAT. Therefore, if only the two years of the contract are fulfilled, the amount would be $479,740 (€395,476.4) (VAT included).
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The Generalitat has agreed with the company a payment of more than $198,000 (€163,400) per year
The supply of reagents and equipment does not allow, given its nature, the division of this contract into lots because the distribution with different suppliers would make the execution of the tender difficult and risky. This tender includes the supply of LSI probe for oncology, dual color LSI probe, tricolor probe or chromosome painting probe, among others.
The winning bidder, Werfen, is a Catalan medical technology company that operates directly in almost thirty countries and in more than one hundred territories through distributors. The company has its headquarters in Plaza Europa, in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat (Barcelona), a delegation in Alcobendas (Madrid) and a logistics center in Tarancón (Cuenca). The company is controlled by the Rubiralta family. Since January 2019, the presidency of the group has been held by Marc Rubiralta Giralt, after his brother, Jordi Rubiralta, stepped down after seven years at the helm.
Jordi Rubiralta Giralt, the eldest of the four members of the second generation, took the reins of the group in January 2012, months before the death of his father, José María Rubiralta Vilaseca, founder of Werfen.
Werfen operates in more than 100 countries around the world through distributors
The company achieved a turnover of $1.78 million (€1.47 million) in 2019, up 6.1% from the previous year. By geography, Western Europe and North America continue to be the main markets for Werfen, with 40% and 27% of the business, respectively. AsiaPacific is the region with the highest expectations for future growth. This was the case in 2019, with growth of 12.9% going on to represent 18% of the Spanish group’s total business. Consolidated net profit stood at $99.4 million (€82 million), up 13%, while gross operating profit (EBITDA) exceeded $418,000 (€345 million), up 11% compared to 2018.
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