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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #649JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday March 4, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Bruker BioSpin Corporation, Billerica, MA
Amount: An estimated $252,000
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 February 29, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, February 16, 2016
The University awarded a contract for upgrade with Avance III HD NMR console to Bruker BioSpin Corporation, Billerica, MA, for an estimated $252,000.
Purchase Bruker's AVANCE III HD NMR console with VT (variable temperature) and broadband SmartProbe for characterization of small molecules research.

The current Bruker BioSpin nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) Spectrometer System has been utilized since 2003 but it is becoming outdated and no longer supported by the vendor. Currently it is four generations behind with hardware and software functionality. UIC researchers have identified upgrade potential components that could render this NMR Spectrometer to a state-of-the art research status. Advances in technology allow for observation of additional nuclei and new experiments previously not possible. Bruker's Avance III HD NMR console with VT and broadband SmartProbe is the only viable choice to achieve a state of the art Spectrometer system.

Only Bruker BioSpin manufacturered replacement components can be installed as they interface and enhance the existing Bruker BioSpin processes. There are no third party vendors manufacturing these components in the US or anywhere else in the world. Workstation computer operates software that is fully integrated with the hardware and designed to utilize all of its capabilities.

A new 400Mhz system including magnet would cost approximately $ 406k.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration.

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.

March 2, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
February 26, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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
  • 649JCMPart1.pdf (336 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 649JCMPart2.pdf (61 KB)