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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois System
Exemption #9DGS2108

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Change Order
Published Sunday April 11, 2021
Vendor: Orchard Labs, Inc.
Change Order Amount: $900,000
This exempt purchase was amended to increase the length of time for the initial contract term through 12/31/2021. Renewals were also amended to reflect six-month renewal terms instead of the previously published twelve-month renewal terms. The estimated cost is being increased to account for the additional six months in the initial term for an estimated $900,000.00.This amendment also updates the vendor name to Neelyx Labs, Inc. formerly known as Orchard Labs, Inc.

The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Geno Marchizza.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

Award Info Published Tuesday January 19, 2021

Orchard Labs, Inc.Wood Dale, IL

  • Amount: An estimated $950,000
Awarded contract has multiple renewal options in the event continued testing activities are needed.
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 1/19/2021 through 6/30/2021
  • Renewals: 9 one-year
  • Potential Future Renewals: $12,000,000



1 total
0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

First published Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The University awarded a contract for COVID-19 Laboratory Testing Services.
Lab testing services for COVID-19 saliva-based tests for SHIELD Illinois.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for events or activities paid for exclusively by revenues generated by the event or activity, gifts, or donations for the event or activity, private grants, or any combination thereof. (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b)(2)) Funding for this purchase is being provided by test collection sites sponsoring the COVID-19 testing.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Daniel Szajna
System Purchasing and Support Services
507 E Green Street
Suite 501, MC-407
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 333-2650
FAX: (217) 239-6760

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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