Fisher Scientific is the official sponsor and primary preferred supplier to the OBN Purchasing Consortium

Abingdon, UK; 19th February 2019 - OBN, the Membership organisation supporting the UK’s innovative life sciences companies, is pleased to announce today the launch of its new online Purchasing Platform.  The aim of the new Purchasing Platform, which can be accessed by OBN’s Full Members, Sponsors and Supporters, is to enable users to have a better overview and control of spend and save time and money.

The OBN Purchasing Consortium, in its 10th year, was set up to give OBN Full Members, Supporters and Sponsors access to discounts from specific suppliers through their websites. The new Purchasing Platform, sponsored by Fisher Scientific and provided by ELCOM, is a cloud-based procurement solution which allows members to place orders directly with OBN’s preferred suppliers online via the Portal. Fisher Scientific Punch-out is now available and provides a direct link to the Fisher Scientific website via the Purchasing Platform, allowing for live availability of stock and price.

OBN Members will also have access to catalogues for Activ Business Solutions for office supplies, Air Liquide for dry ice and cylinder gases, Destination Cloud for IT supplies, ESC Power for UPS and power distribution and OSC Furniture for laboratory seating. More suppliers will be added to the Platform over the course of the coming months.

The new Purchasing Platform will offer various benefits to OBN Members, including:

  • Greater control of spend
  • All suppliers in one place
  • Guided buying experience
  • Increased compliance
  • Great ROI and spend under management
  • Lower transaction costs
  • Reduced purchasing costs
  • Comprehensive spend analysis
  • Opportunities to expand capabilities and grow with the organisation

Lee Pratley, Head of Purchasing and Membership at OBN, commented “Having joined OBN in 2013 I have enjoyed working with Members and Suppliers in growing the value of the Purchasing Consortium. Over the last five years we have been able to increase user companies from 30 to over 100 attracting other providers, increasing our buying power and driving down costs. The Purchasing Platform will provide Members the ability to track and manage their spend more efficiently, supporting them in their growth and expansion capabilities.”

Lee Pratley added: “I would like to thank Fisher Scientific who have been sponsors of the Purchasing Consortium for the last four years and have supported OBN in the launch of this new Platform provided by ELCOM.”

Louise Sutton, Industry Director, Fisher Scientific said “‘Fisher Scientific looks forward to working with OBN Members new and old to help improve online ordering efficiency and give access to our full webshop within the ELCOM purchasing platform. The key benefits of companies being able to see the full discounts on offer from Fisher Scientific along with real time stock and further product information should benefit all users.”

The Platform will be free for Full Members, Supporters and Sponsors to access for the first year; from 1 February 2020 there will be an increase to Full Membership fees to support this.





Purchasing enquiries:

Lee Pratley, Head of Purchasing and Membership, OBN

[email protected]

01235 420 876

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Rebecca Wilkes, Communications & Marketing Co-ordinator, OBN

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Media enquiries:

Citigate Dewe Rogerson     

Sylvie Berrebi, Director;   

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Shabnam Bashir

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About Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of more than $20 billion and approximately 70,000 employees globally. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics, deliver medicines to market and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive services. For more information, please visit


As the world’s first cloud-based procurement technology company, we at ELCOM have focused decades of know-how on pioneering flexible proprietary technology with one aim: to help our clients simplify, optimise and energise their whole Supply Chain. Since partnering with MIT two decades ago to create our best-in-class procurement technology, we have transacted over $100 billion and, to date, optimised business for more than 150,000 clients worldwide. Our expertise is rooted in decades of experience in simplifying IT complexity to meet customer needs. You don’t adapt to our software; our software adapts to you. For further information visit

About OBN

OBN is the Membership organisation supporting and bringing together the UK’s emerging life sciences companies, corporate partners and investors. Our 400+ Member companies are located throughout the UK and benefit from our networking, partnering, purchasing, advising and advocacy activities.

OBN delivers four World-Quality flagships events per annum:


BioTrinity is Europe’s leading Biopartnering and Investment conference which will be held in London on 30th April and 1st May 2019 (its 13th year).



BioForward is a high-quality international partnering conference providing a roadmap for R&D companies looking to achieve sustainable business growth (Birmingham, 11th October 2019).



This is the UK’s leading Life Sciences awards event, celebrating innovation and outstanding achievement across the UK Life Sciences Industry (Oxford, 7th November 2019).



BioSeed is a unique platform for early-stage life sciences companies, TTO’s, and Universities throughout Europe seeking equity investment from angels, HNW individuals, specialist crowd-funders, and PE / VC / Pharma funders genuinely interested in seed and series A funding (London, January 2020).


Further information about OBN’s tailored networking and partnering events, purchasing consortium, advice, consultancy services and advocacy activities is available on OBN’s website