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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #479IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Friday April 10, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Fisher Scientific, Hampton, NH
Amount: An estimated $990,000
An estimated start date of 4/13/2020 through 12/31/2020
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, April 10, 2020
The University awarded a contract for reagents for COVID-19 testing.
Fisher Scientific supplies are reagents for testing patients for COVID-19. The kit is used with ribonucleic acid (RNA, a nucleic acid present in all living cells) extracted from nasopharyngeal swabs, nasopharyngeal aspirate (nasal aspirate), and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) from patients at risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 or with signs and symptoms of COVID-19.
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)) Fisher Scientific reagents have to do with direct patient treatment and care. Without access to these reagents, the Hospital would not be able to test patients for COVID-19. A lack of testing would be detrimental to the control of COVID-19.

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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