University of Illinois at Chicago
Announcement of an Exempt Purchase
Vendor: BioFire Diagnostics, Salt Lake City, UT
Amount: An estimated $2,000,000
An estimated start date of 3/27/2020 through 6/30/2023
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, March 27, 2020
The University awarded a contract for respiratory panel testing kits.
Purchase of respiratory panel testing kits for the BioFire Torch platform. This provides quick and comprehensive test results for our UI Health patients.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) Respiratory panels test for a wide variety of respiratory illnesses including flu and corona viruses. Regular respiratory testing needs to be performed in order to help screen patients that may have the flu or other forms of the corona virus. If the flu can be detected, COVID-19 can almost be ruled out. We are currently using these instruments and they can have expanded capacity by adding on additional modules that build on the existing instrument and not increase the footprint. The demand for respiratory testing is increasing significantly. We also anticipate that BioFire will be adding the test specifically for COVID19 to the instruments. The results give care providers vital information needed for the care of their patients.
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