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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #426JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday October 23, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Nanoscribe Inc., Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany
Amount: An estimated $513,000
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 Monday October 6, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, September 23, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Photonic Professional GT Laser Lithography system to Nanoscribe Inc., Eggenstein-Leopoldshafen, Germany, for an estimated $513,000.
Purchase of a Nanscribe's Photonic Professional GT Laser Lithography system with Ultra-fast Galvo scanner and pulsed Laser. This is a table-top laser 3D lithography system that can form almost any shape using a phenomenon called 2-photon polymerization. The tool enables the creation of structures that transcend traditional micro- and nanofabrication technologies, and is essentially a nano-scale 3D printer, with the minimum resolution of about 100 nanometer. These details would require a microscope to see. The overall structures can be up to a millimeter tall (up to a centimeter) The polymer shapes can later be coated by metals or cast in metals or semiconductor materials and the pattern can be also transferred to bulk silicon via etching.

Nanoscribe is the only company that produces a stereolithographic 3D printer with resolution of 100 nm and accuracy sufficient enough to generate microscale structures. Structures fabricated by the Photonic Professional tool have been featured in prestigious peer-reviewed publications such as Science or Advanced Materials.

THe UIC Research Resources Center has looked at Stratasys, Inc.; 3-D systems, Inc. but has determined that reasons stated in the request why Nanoscribe is the only source to meet the Researcher's needs.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the items are required for research and no other source is able to meet the researcher's documented needs.

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.

October 8, 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:
October 3, 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
  • 426JCMPart1.pdf (350 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 426JCMpart2.pdf (45 KB)
Waiver Document
  • 426JCMProcurementCodeComplianceWaiver.pdf (202 KB)