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Roche lands $11M contract at D.C. army medical centers

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Roche Diagnostics Corp. landed an $11.4 million contract to provide laboratory testing services at military hospitals in the Washington, D.C., area.

Switzerland-based Roche operates its North American diagnostic headquarters out of Indianapolis, where it employs 2,900 people.

The new contract with the Medcom Contracting Center North Atlantic was awarded May 19 and will run until Sept. 30, but has four one-year renewal options.

Roche equipment will conduct tests of blood and other fluids at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., as well as the new Fort Belvoir Community Hospital in Virginia.

Roche Diagnostics sells mid- and high-volume laboratory analyzers, such as its new cobas 8000 machine, to hospitals and academic medical centers. It also sells analyzers for use by physicians in their offices and for other small-scale situations.

Such machines, which Roche calls its professional diagnostics business, account for one-third of Roche Diagnostics’ North American sales, or about $880 million.

Roche Diagnostics also makes tests for diabetes and genetic traits, as well as gene sequencers and other diagnostic equipment. Its North American sales totaled $2.6 billion last year.
 

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