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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #475IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Change Order
Published Tuesday August 2, 2022
Vendor: BioFire Diagnostics
Change Order Amount: $500,000
BioFire Diagnostics merged with bioMerieux, Incorporated. The vendor name is now bioMerieux, Incorporated. The estimated total amount has been increased by $500,000 from $2,000,000 to $2,500,000 as detailed in the attached change order justification.

The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now John Donato.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Lee Saulter.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

Award Info Published Friday March 27, 2020

BioFire DiagnosticsSalt Lake City, UT

  • Amount: An estimated $2,000,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 3/27/2020 through 6/30/2023
  • Renewals: None

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.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Ian Masterton
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC Purchasing Division
809 South Marshfield Ave., 3rd Floor (M/C 560)
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-2801
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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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Exemption Document
  • 475IDMBioFireExemptionForm.pdf (142 KB)
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  • 475IDMChangeOrderJustificationSigned.pdf (491 KB)