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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #355JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday July 17, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Photon Technology International Inc., Birmingham, NJ
Amount: An estimated $163,122
Terms:  One-time transaction
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 Wednesday April 16, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, March 27, 2014
The University awarded a contract for picoseconds-resolved fluorescence lifetime measure to Photon Technology International Inc., Birmingham, NJ, for an estimated $163,122.
Purchase the Photon Technology Inc. picoseconds-resolved fluorescence lifetime measurement apparatus.This is a unique commercially available apparatus that meets all the research requirements. In addition, this is the only apparatus currently in the market that combines a tunable excitation source with it's ultraviolet light (wavelength range 250-370nm) and also has sufficient power (2-20 microW at 20 MHz) to allow for lifetime measurements with picosecond time-resolution, with acquisition times of less than 5-10 minutes on micromolar concentration samples.

Only Photon Technology Inc.has 1) Time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC) detection with picosecond time-resolution for fluorescence lifetime measurements 2) Tunable laser source with <10 picosecond pulses in the visible range (420-700 nm) 3) Frequency doubler to get a tunable laser source in the UV (ultraviolet light) range (250-370 nm) 4) Sufficient power in the UV to excite weak fluorescent probes such as 2-aminopurine, and optimal detection path with minimal loss of photons to measure the fluorescence lifetime in a reasonable amount of time (in few minutes or less for micromolar concentration samples)

Although other vendors offer (1) and (2), only one other vendor besides PTI offers (3), and none are capable of meeting the requirements of (4). The other vendor besides PTI is Horiba Scientific. However, in the system offered by Horiba, the power in the UV range (after the frequency doubler) is not sufficient and the detection path is not as well optimized, which increases the data acqusition time on these samples to a few hours. Furthermore, the system offered by Horiba is significantly more expensive. On February 10, 2014 Horiba acquired Photon Technology International.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Photon Technology Inc. instrument is required for Research and no other source is able to meet the Researcher's documented need.

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.

Date:
April 16, 2014
Time:
2:00 PM
Location:
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:
April 11, 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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