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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #523JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday September 16, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Bruker BioSpin Corp., Billerica, MA
Amount: An estimated $892,950
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 September 14, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The University awarded a contract for 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance /MRI Console to Bruker BioSpin Corp., Billerica, MA, for an estimated $892,950.
Purchase from Bruker BioSpin their 600 MHz Nuclear Magnetic Resonance /MRI Console and a CryoProbe.

The Bruker Avance III HD 600 MHz console provides the state of the art replacement for an existing, obsolete DRX series Bruker Biospin console that has not been been supported by the vendor since 2012. Bruker BioSpin is the only vendor that can produce a new complete and integrated NMR spectrometer capable of both high resoluiton and microimaging applications, both of which are required for ongoing NIH-funded research. Bruker does not work with distributors or resellers, thus a purchase direct from Bruker is the only means of acquiring a new Bruker NMR console for this instrument. The new Bruker console will interface with existing equipment including a Bruker 600MHz WB magnet (value over $1million) and four existing Bruker probes (three high resoultion probes and one micro-imaging probe) with a total value of ~$275k. Due to the high cost of replacing this existing hardware, it is crucial that compatibility with existing hardware be maintained.

Bruker's 10mm 13C optimized CryoProbe, exclusively available from Bruker, is uniquely suited to ongoing work on excised perfused mouse hearts and will add significant improvements on the sensitivity of the instrumet. The CryoProbe and the Bruker Avance III HD 600 MHz console must work together as a unit to maintain precise tempertaure control of the probe electronics at 25K (-248C) while keeping the profussed heart samples (only milimeters away) at biological temperature . Due to the complexity of the CryoProbe system, and the many necessary and integrated safety features, it is a requirement that Bruker CryoProbes be paired with a Bruker console.
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.

September 16, 2015
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 teleconference. Email or call the Hearing Contact for details.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-036
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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:
September 11, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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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