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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #357JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday July 17, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: BioTek Instruments Inc., Winooski, VT
Amount: $59,587.35
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 modified
Published Thursday May 1, 2014
Hearing documents have been attached.
First published Friday, March 28, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Purchase of Synergy Neo HTS MultiMode Plate Reader to BioTek Instruments Inc., Winooski, VT, for $59,587.35.
Purchase the BioTek Synergy Neo Instrument that has a unique hybrid optical system and direct bottom optics. The hybrid optical (monochromator and filter based fluorescence) design provides the lab the opportunity to elect the most optimal detection system for the assay. The monochromator fluorescence optical system allows for flexibility and spectral scanning, while a filter-based optical system fine tunes fluorescence intensity. The filter-based optics also enables advanced fluorescence measurements like fluorescence polarization and time-resolved fluorescence. The Synergy NEO can also have a direct bottom optical path with independent excitation and detectors. Direct bottom optics provides best performance for fluorescence and/or luminescence labeled cells.

Only the BioTek Synergy Neo Instrument has multiple parallel detectors for ultra-fast simultaneous measurements and quadruple grating optical design (two gratings per monochromator) for better spectral scanning performance. It also has dedicated filter-based bottom optics with focus adjustment for live-cell assays.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Chemistry research projects would be greatly enhanced if the BioTek instrument was acquired.

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.

April 16, 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:
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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Sole Source Justification
  • 357JCM.pdf (377 KB)
Public Hearing Documents
  • 357JCMMolecularDevicesCompanyBio.pdf (242 KB)
  • 357JCMpart2.pdf (49 KB)
  • 357JCMSpectraMaxParadigmDocumentation.pdf (46 KB)
  • 357JCMuniversitycomments.pdf (40 KB)