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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #673JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday April 26, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: EssenBioscience Inc., Ann Arbor, MI
Amount: An estimated $128,763
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 April 18, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, April 5, 2016
The University awarded a contract for IncuCyte Zoom Live Cell Imager to EssenBioscience Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, for an estimated $128,763.
Purchase from EssenBioscience it's IncuCyte Zoom Live Cell Imager. This System enables observation and quantification of cell behavior over time by automatically gathering and analyzing images around the clock. All within the controlled environment of a standard cell incubator. Whether it be for simple cell proliferation assays or more advanced stem cell differentiation biology, the live-cell, non-perturbing imaging approach yields kinetic data and insight far beyond that achievable with conventional end-point or non-image based approaches.

The Researcher requires experiments that take a long duration, frequently 3-5 days in the cell incubator. Only Essen BioScience has the instrument and software with that capacity.

Networking and a thorough knowledge and experience in Ophthalmology and Visual Science has resulted in the conclusion that no alternative vendor exists in the marketplace.
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 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.

April 20, 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:
April 15, 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
  • 673JCMPart1.PDF (473 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 673JCMPart2.pdf (60 KB)