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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Sole Source #535JJW

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info
Published Tuesday January 23, 2007
Awarded to:
Vendor:  Optical Analysis, Corp, Nashua, NH
Amount:  $75,066.60
Terms:   One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday January 8, 2007
The University awarded a contract for a disk scanning, ater immersion microscope system to Optical Analysis, Corp, Nashua, NH for $75,066.60.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the the vendor is the only manufacturer of a confocal system available with an upright water immersion microscope. This is important because electrophysiology and imaging of live brain slice requires the use of a water immersion objective that dips into the bathing solution. This must come from the top, so an upright microscope with a movable objective is required. This is not available from any other manufacturer. This is the only confocal system available with spinning pinholes that are tunable to match different objectives. This is important because a large range of magnifications, -10x - 100x, are required and the pinhole size must be changed to match the different magnifications for determining the depth of the confocal section. In addition, the department currently has approximately $75,000 invested in Olympus equipment acquired over the last 3 years. The compatibility of equipment will allow for the seamless shift of components between microscopes which may be disassembled and re-assembled in different configurations, requiring complete compatibility of components.
For additional information, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Purchasing Website

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