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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #393JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday August 18, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Charles Rivers Laboratories, Wilmington, MA
Amount: An estimated $240,000
An estimated start date of 7/31/2014 through 7/30/2015, 12 months
2 twelve-month
Potential Future Renewals: $480,000
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 July 24, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, July 3, 2014
The University awarded a contract for laboratory animals for biomedical research to Charles Rivers Laboratories, Wilmington, MA, for an estimated $240,000.
Charles River Laboratory has the requirement of consistency in the genetic modifications: the setting in which the animals are raised: how the animals are handled prior to the research experiment and how the animals are fed are the reasons that Charles River Lab is the sole vendor that can provide these research subjects.

Researchers request specific strains of animals from specific vendors. Numerous research projects utilize animals from this source for long-term on-going studies. Animals bred and maintained In isolated colonies become genetically adapted overtime. Therefore, minor genetic variations occur between colonies maintained by different vendors. These genetic variations interfere with consistency of experimental results and can jeopardize very expensive and important research. Purchase of animals from the same vendor provides less variability in the research and thus greatly Improves the quality and reproducibility of the studies. Therefore, it is essential to continue to purchase animals from the same source that previously supplied animals for those studies.

Therefore Charles Rivers Labs continues to be a sole source.
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 - 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.

July 23, 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:
July 18, 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
  • 393JCMPart1.pdf (395 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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