Johor Bahru, 4 June 2020 – ACO Group Berhad (“ACO Group” or “the Group”), via its wholly-owned subsidiary, Actgen Industry Sdn Bhd, has entered into a business collaboration agreement with health technology solutions provider, Prima Nexus Sdn Bhd (“Prima Nexus”) to distribute, amongst others, rapid test kits for the detection of Covid-19 which have been approved by the Ministry of Health Malaysia (“MOH”).

With the gradual resumption of economic and business activities across Malaysia, companies are taking steps towards creating a safe workplace environment. Mass screening of Covid-19 using rapid test kits which detect antibodies is one of the recommended tests by MOH for workers returning to work.

Prima Nexus is a regional management consulting firm providing bioscience and health technology solutions for the medical areas of research, clinical, therapeutic and diagnostic. Prima Nexus works with a broad mix of private, public and social sector institutions and is also involved in the distribution of pharmaceutical products and medical lab equipment to medical centres, hospitals, clinics and universities.

“This is a strategic collaboration for us to meet the rising demand for Covid-19 testing and detecting products, amongst our large base of industrial customers such as factory owners and construction companies. By working with Prima Nexus, the Covid-19 tests can be carried out on-site at the organisations’ respective premises by trained medical professionals. This makes it convenient for the customer and large-scale testing can be conducted within a short period of time,” said ACO Group’s Group Managing Director, Ir. Tang Pee Tee @ Tan Chang Kim (陈章锦).

Under the business collaboration agreement, ACO Group and Prima Nexus will work together to distribute the MOH-approved Covid-19 Antibody Rapid Test Kit within Malaysia.

Blood samples from individuals will be taken by finger-pricking and this easy-to-use test kit can generate results on-site within 15 minutes, with no requirement for samples to be sent to external diagnostic laboratories. The tests will be carried out under the supervision of medical professionals from Prima Nexus who will also certify the results.

Ir. Tang Pee Tee @ Tan Chang Kim (陈章锦) added, “Since the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in Malaysia, ACO has also started distributing hand sanitizers and personal protective equipment such as masks and gloves that have been in high demand from our customers. Many business owners are looking for protective equipment to comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (“SOPs”) set by the Malaysian Government after the relaxation of the Movement Control Order and gradual reopening of businesses from 4 May 2020 onwards.”

“At ACO, we are focused on enhancing customer convenience and continually strive to offer a wide range of products that meet the diverse needs of our customers. The addition of Covid-19 rapid test kits complements the variety of products we currently distribute to curb the spread of the outbreak.”

“We look forward to establish a productive business relationship with Prima Nexus and will explore new business avenues that leverage on both companies’ strengths; riding on ACO’s large distribution network and Prima Nexus’s strong knowledge in the medical industry”.