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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #180JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Friday February 8, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA
Amount: An estimated $87,531
An estimated start date of 12/21/2012 through 12/20/2013, 12 months
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 December 20, 2012
Since no one submitted written comments nor registered to attend the hearing, the hearing was cancelled. The hearing scheduled for December 19, 2012 was cancelled.
First published Monday, December 3, 2012
The University awarded a contract for a QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system to Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, CA, for an estimated $87,531.
The Bio-Rad QX100 Droplet Digital PCR system permits absolute quantitation of nucleic acid targets with a reproducibility and dynamic range far exceeding previous methods. The anticipated benefit for research and development is in facilitating exquisite sensitivity and reproducibility in target detection, permitting the development of new and clinically relevant medical testing methods.

There is currently no other platform for digital droplet PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) that is compatible with our research requirements and existing PCR hardware, reagents, and technical expertise.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent. Over the last 2 months, we have run test samples on the Bio-Rad system that is currently being housed at Northwestern University, in the Division of Infectious Diseases (in Dr. Steve Wolinski's lab in the Lurie Research Building) The tests that we performed showed that the instrument produces data that is highly accurate and reproducible and works on the types of samples we anticipate testing in the future.

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.

December 19, 2012
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 349C
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 14, 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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