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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #510IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Friday September 11, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Fisher Scientific Company, LLC, Hanover Park, IL
Amount: An estimated $9,000,000
An estimated start date of 9/11/2020 through 9/10/2022
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Friday, September 11, 2020
The University awarded a contract for COVID-19 test kits.
Abbott Diagnostics COVID-19 test kits are used for testing patients for COVID-19. The kit is used with ribonucleic acid (RNA a nucleic acid present in all living cells) a specimen is extracted from the patient through their upper respiratory (such as nasopharyngeal, oropharyngeal, nasal, and mid-turbinate swabs, and nasopharyngeal aspirate) and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider.
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)) Abbott Diagnostics COVID-19 Test Kits have to do with direct patient treatment and care. Without access to these specific supplies the Hospital would not be able to offer patient care, which in turn would drive patients else where and result in a loss of revenue to the Hospital.

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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