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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #386JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday July 24, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Illumina, Inc, San Diego, CA
Amount: An estimated $126,000
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 Thursday June 19, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.
First published Tuesday, June 3, 2014
The University awarded a contract for llumina's Miseq Desktop Sequencer. to Illumina, Inc, San Diego, CA, for an estimated $126,000.
Purchase of Illumina's Miseq Desktop Sequencer. Due to the following unique specifications this is the only desktop sequencer that will fulfill the needs of the researcher.

Only Illumina's instrument has high throughput or "next generation" sequencing is the only existing approach with the capacity and throughput to identify known, clinically-significant genetic changes in human cancers as well as identify all new, previously undescribed genetic changes in cancer. It is with this overall approach that researchers can move towards the goal of "personalized" or "precision" medicine, where specific genetic features of individuals and their tumors can guide their therapy. The other vendors mentioned,Ion Torrent PGM, Roche 454 GSM do not fulfill the research speciifcations based upon either of the following: Unacceptable error rates in sequencing. Included in this error rate is the difficulty of sequencing homopolymic regions. Introduction of bias for any one sample due to the sample preparation methods used by the alternative supplier. Lack of paired-end capability.

The ease of use for both running the sequencing system and generating the sample preparation/library generation, is more challegning for the alternative suppliers. This can lead to unnecessary errors or inaccurate results in the data.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are needed for trial use or testing.

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.

June 18, 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:
June 13, 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
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Sole Source Justification Part 2
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