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- 3 December 2021 16:30
Dotz Nano signs Malaysian distribution deal for COVID-19 test kits
Locally listed Dotz Nano (ASX:DTZ), an advanced technology company developing, manufacturing and commercialising marking, tracing and verification solutions, has entered into a distribution agreement with ScienceVision Sdn Bhd to promote, sell and distribute its nasopharyngeal swab and saliva-based SARS-CoV-2 virus detection technology in Malaysia.
ScienceVision is one of Malaysia’s leading providers of end-to-end scientific solutions with established relationships across government, private organisations and academic institutes. It is currently the exclusive distributor in Malaysia of reputable brands such as Illumina and Genefix. The distribution agreement is effective immediately for an initial three-year term, granting ScienceVision the right to sell the Dotz Test Kits in Malaysia with conditional exclusivity subject to minimum first-year purchase orders of US$600,000 being met.
The distribution agreement provides for its automatic renewal for additional one-year periods on a non-exclusive basis. ScienceVision may appoint sub-distributors subject to Dotz’s approval.The distribution agreement may be terminated by either party with 90 days’ prior written notice.
Subject to customer demand, Dotz believes this new distribution agreement may result in significant new purchase orders. However, there is no certainty that any new purchase orders will be received or that they will be material.
ScienceVision is Dotz’s third distributor for its SARS-CoV-2 virus detection technology, following recent distribution agreements with El Alamo and Hygiene Links covering Paraguay, Egypt, Sudan and the UAE.
While Dotz has obtained a CE Mark for both its nasopharyngeal swab and saliva-based Dotz Test Kits, which clears the product for sale in the European Union1, Malaysia has additional local regulatory requirements to sell the Dotz Test Kits to the private and public sector, including registration and validation by the relevant local authorities. ScienceVision has obtained the relevant additional local regulatory approvals and authorisations to enable the product to be sold to the private sector in Malaysia and is not currently intending to sell the Dotz Test Kits to the public sector.
Dotz CEO Gideon Shmuel said, “As travel restrictions ease globally, the need to accurately and quickly test for SARS-CoV-2 becomes paramount. Our SARS-CoV-2 virus detection technology is ideal for countries that are heavily dependent on tourism, providing a cost-effective and timely testing method. This new distribution agreement provides us with a foothold in Malaysia at a time when it is reopening to tourists for the first time in 18 months. Our saliva-based Dotz Test Kits are significantly less invasive than standard nasopharyngeal swab tests, and are suitable for young children.
“Dotz remains focused on commercialising its diagnostic technology, and we have a large, global market opportunity. ScienceVision is an established and reputable distributor in Malaysia, enabling Dotz to leverage its established sales channels and customer networks.”
The Dotz Test Kits will be exported to Malaysia by Dotz’s manufacturer, currently US based Systaaq Diagnostic Products (who has the relevant export permits to do so). Obtaining the relevant import permits in Malaysia is the responsibility of ScienceVision.