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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #178JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Friday February 8, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Bruker BioSpin Corporation, Billerica, MA
Amount: An estimated $511,550
An estimated start date of 1/8/2013 through 1/7/2015, 24 months
The term contract includes the manufacturing period (up to seven months) plus the warranty period.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Thursday January 3, 2013
Since no one registered nor submitted written comments, so the hearing was cancelled. The scheduled public hearing for 1/2/13 was cancelled.
First published Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The University awarded a contract for Avance III HD™ 500 Digital NMR System to Bruker BioSpin Corporation, Billerica, MA, for an estimated $511,550.
The Department of Chemistry has made a significant investment with Bruker BioSpin Nuclear Magnetic Resonance equipment. University of Illinois (all campuses) has research experimental schemes that involve seven different Bruker NMR Spectrometers. These experimental schemes and hardware components are not transferable to a different system and the experimental results are shared. The Bruker Avance III NMR is compatible with these systems, and it has unique features that are required for the research needs of the Chemistry Department.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration. Bruker Biospin is the only company that can provide an NMR system based upon specifications that is fully compatible with existing NMR systems in the Chemistry Department and the Center for Structural Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).Purchase of an NMR system from another vendor would have (1) software incompatible with the library of 30 advanced NMR pulse sequence experiments in the Chemistry Department and would require one post-doctoral fellow one year to reprogram and test pulse sequence experiments at a cost of $50,000; and (2) hardware incompatible with existing systems such that additional NMR probes ($40,000), amplifiers ($25,000) and receivers ($2,000) will not need to be purchased. The compatibility of the Bruker NMR system will save over $100,000 over a NMR system priced identically from another manufacturer, and the Bruker NMR system has unique features vital to the research needs of the Chemistry Department.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

January 2, 2013
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
December 28, 2012
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

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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Sole Source Justification
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