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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #587JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday October 9, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Fluidigm Inc., San Franscisco, CA
Amount: An estimated $126,205
An estimated start date of 10/15/2015 through 9/30/2017, 23 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 October 5, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, September 21, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Fluidigm Juno system, reagents and service plan to Fluidigm Inc., San Franscisco, CA, for an estimated $126,205.
Purchase from Fluidigm Inc. their Juno System so that this accessory component can be added to the exisiting Fluidigm equipment.

Juno is a microfluidic system for capturing single cells and isolating very small amounts of material, specifically picorgams of nucleic acids, in tenths of microliter volumes. The existing system facilitates capture of individual cells on C1 module, and processing them for either transcriptional or genetic profiling followed by data acquisition on BioMark HD. The system that we currently have lays down a sound technological foundation, but is not flexible enough, in that it can only process samples for microfluidic arrays in a single format of 96x96 (samples x tests) and does not have flexibilty of all available genotyping formats and has no digital end-point PCR capability. The Juno system is a universal sample prep system, in that it can process samples for all genotyping formats (96x96, 48x48, 129x24 and FlexSix) and for digital endpoint PCR assays, followed by data acquisition in the BioMark HD. Of additional importance is that Juno system will add a unique capability to automatically process large number of samples for targeted sequence capture and library preparation followed by Next Generation Sequncing. As of now, targeted sequence capture for sequencing can only be done manually. In summary the Juno system would allow for automation and optimization of the processes, speed up our operations, and facilitate broader array of services. Thus giving us an opportunity to grow our Core Genomics business.

Juno has the ability to perform high-pressure and nanoscale sample loading and thermocycling based sample conversion and amplification using the Fluidigm IFCs for genotyping (96x96, 48x48, 192x24 and FlexSix), and digital end point PCR PCR IFCs (12x765, 48x770 and qdPCF 37K).

Only IFC formats prepared by Juno system are compatable with BioMark HD and C1 modeles of the entire integrated system.

Only Juno has the ability to process very limited amounts of nucleis material derives form small sampes or individual cells. This enables us to work with a minimum sample concentrations, namely picograms of the starting DNA and RNA amouns
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.

October 7, 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:
October 2, 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
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