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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #398JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday July 30, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Seahorse Bioscience, Inc., North Billerica, MA
Amount: An estimated $162,408
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 July 24, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, July 8, 2014
The University awarded a contract for XFe96 and XFp Extracellular Flux analyzer from Sea to Seahorse Bioscience, Inc., North Billerica, MA, for an estimated $162,408.
Purchase from Seahorse Bioscience,Inc. two devices, XFe96 analyzer and XFp analyzer are microplate based devices for measuring oxygen consumption rates and extracellular acidification rates simultaneously.

The Seahorse XF technology is extremely sensitive and can assess oxygen flux in a very small number of cells. As few as 10,000 cells can be used to measure oxygen and proton changes. Only the Seahorse technology, as evidenced by the U.S. patents can use an 8 well tissue culture microplates (XFp) and 96 well tissue culture microplates(XFe96). The Seahorse XF technology can begin measurements immediately, while other technologies, such as the BD Biosensor plates, require greater than 1.5 hour’s worth of measurements before the first reliable data can be gathered. Being able to immediately measure changes in oxygen and protons is critical, especially in situations where the changes in metabolism occur within a few minutes, while the XF technology can begin detecting measurable changes immediately
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.

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
  • 398JCMPart1.pdf (357 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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