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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #348JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday August 18, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Roche Diagnostics Inc., Indianapolis, IN
Amount: An estimated $270,000
An estimated start date of 8/27/2014 through 8/26/2016, 24 months
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday August 11, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, July 29, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Roche Diagnostics enyme (Liberase) to Roche Diagnostics Inc., Indianapolis, IN, for an estimated $270,000.
The University has standardized the processing procedure with the Roche enzyme product. In other words, the Roche enzyme Liberase has consistent productivity yielding an average 338,153 islets per batch. The Liberase purified enzyme blend is not available in any other enzyme product.

The biochemical makeup of the Roche enzyme is the unique feature that leads to superior results in our tissue processing activities. Islet tissue processing has a variable success rate due to differences in Donor tissue characteristics. The University has found that the Roche product Liberase provides us with the most consistent outcomes, thereby reducing processing variability in the islet isolation procedure.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Liberase enyzme is required for research and medical tissue processing and no other vendor has the enyzme specification of Liberase.

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 - Aaron M. Finder

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.

August 13, 2014
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:
August 8, 2014
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
  • 348JCMPart1.pdf (318 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 348JCMPart2.pdf (48 KB)