European dialysis provider Diaverum has signed a five-year contract to run 50% of the dialysis clinics in Saudi Arabia previously under the management of the state. Diaverum said it would invest to develop the existing infrastructure with a goal to improve medical outcomes. Diaverum will run 93 dialysis centers and care for approximately 5,000 kidney patients. Diaverum said it would also offer vascular access services, holiday dialysis, and maintain pharmacies in the dialysis clinics. The company currently runs 275 clinics in 19 countries.

 “Chronic kidney disease needs a holistic and personalized approach to care” said Dag Andersson president and CEO of Diaverum. "Our assignment in Saudi Arabia enables us to share our vast expertise on renal disease. Our future aim to develop integrated care will improve quality of life for renal patients and pioneer the whole approach to renal patient care. Being awarded with this tender means taking another important strategic step in integrated renal patient care.”

The dialysis provider has also agreed to manage four more clinics in the United Kingdom. This brings the total number of Diaverum UK clinics to 16 and gives Diaverum a 20% share of the UK market.