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OBN Launches New Purchasing Platform to Provide E-Commerce Solution for its Members

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.


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Last Updated: 02-Apr-2019