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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #394JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday October 3, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: BioFire Inc., Salt Lake City, UT
Amount: An estimated $975,000
An estimated start date of 9/10/2014 through 9/9/2017, 36 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 Tuesday August 26, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, August 12, 2014
The University awarded a contract for BioFire Inc. Respiratory Testing to BioFire Inc., Salt Lake City, UT, for an estimated $975,000.
Rental of the 3 BioFire FilmArrays (analyzers) instruments through the purchase of reagents in order to offer testing on an IVD respiratory panel which detects 17 targets: Influenza A (subtypes H1, H3, 2009 H1N1), Influenza B, RSV, Parainfluenza 1,2,3,4, hMPV, Human Rhinovirus/Enterovirus, Adenovirus, Coronavirus HKU1, NL 63, 229E, OC43, Bacteria: Bordetella pertussis, Chlamydophilia pneumoniae and Mycoplasma pneumonia.

The BioFire Film Array System is the only product on the market that is a fully automated, multiplex Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) system capable of detecting 17 targets and 3 subtypes of Influenza A in one sample in about one hour. Testing is of moderate complexity, and can therefore be performed in a wider range of laboratory sections, allowing for the testing to be completed 24/7, and in less time than the current system.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

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 27, 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 3-105
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 22, 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
  • 394JCMPart1.pdf (388 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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