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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #612JMG

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday February 19, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: Waters Corporation, Milford, MA
Amount: An estimated $276,607.92
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 Tuesday February 18, 2020
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Tuesday, January 28, 2020
The University awarded a contract for Liquid Chromatography/mass-spectrometry to Waters Corporation, Milford, MA, for an estimated $276,607.92.
The research group investigates protein-mimetic molecules, and their application in medicine and energy research. The synthesis of these complicated molecules always produces small to large amount of side products that must be removed by purification. The presence of these impurities, even in amounts >5%, can affect the chemical and physical properties of macromolecules. Furthermore, if these molecules are to be tested in biological systems, toxic impurities must be removed. Prep HPLC is the accepted method for purifying peptides, small molecules, and small proteins. This instrument is vital for this type of research. After synthesis of these molecules, it is critical to validate their identity and purity by Liquid Chromatography/mass-spectrometry (LC/MS). Unlike small molecules, this technique is the only efficient way of validating synthesis success. Since protein-mimetics are complex and high molecular weight molecules, they require the best resolution LC systems and MS instruments that can detect large m/z.

The university, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Waters Corporation. The university has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.

Although the university has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university's need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
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 instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury

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.

Hearing Details

February 19, 2020
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
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:
February 14, 2020
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

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
  • 612JMGWaters.pdf (605 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 612JMGPt2.pdf (27 KB)