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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #570JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday September 24, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Illumnia Inc, San Diego, CA
Amount: An estimated $393,898
An estimated start date of 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2018, 36 months
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 Friday, August 28, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Purchase of DNA Sequencing System and output kits to Illumnia Inc, San Diego, CA, for an estimated $393,898.
Purchase from Illumina Inc. their patented DNA Sequencing System (Next Seq500, output kits, and comprehensive service agreement. The Illumina NextSeq500 Sequencing system has a number of unique features that cannot be achieved by any other instrument in the field. The NextSeq500 has the highest sequencing accuracy and in total data output.

While there are multiple other sequencing platforms (Pacific Biosciences, Oxford Nanopore), but none of the other platforms comes close to accuracy or data output of the Illumina platforms. The only close platform is other instruments from Illumina which cost much more.Thus, there are no viable alternatives currently.

The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

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

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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Sole Source Justification
  • 570JCMPart1.pdf (472 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 570JCMPart2.pdf (56 KB)