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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #674JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday April 7, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: JEOL, Peabody, MA
Amount: An estimated $272,310
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 4, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.
First published Friday, March 18, 2016
The University awarded a contract for 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer to JEOL, Peabody, MA, for an estimated $272,310.
Purchase the JEOL 400 MHz NMR instrument with state-of-the-art console and electronics as it is critical to support active and pending NIH grants and investigator initiated research in the College of Pharmacy that require the use of such an NMR instrument for research on bioactive natural products and related pharmaceutical preparations. The researchers at the UIC College of Pharmacy have a unique expertise in this area, involving work on anti tuberculosis drug discovery as well as botanical dietary supplements. The capabilities of the new JEOL NMR spectrometer are criticial to achieve milestones and maintain competitive advantage in the acquisition of extramural funding, particularily from the NIH.

In order to support the ongoing research efforts that the instrument is intended to serve, it is critical that the new console including the analog/digital conversion electronics are state-of-the-art hardware that support quantitative NMR measurements. The researchers at UIC are leaders in the field of quantitative NMR and the electronic/hardware capabilities. Both Bruker BioSpin and JEOL instruments were evaluated. Only the JEOL 400MHZ NMR instrument is uniquely positioned to support these kinds of measurements. In addition, JEOL specifically supports quantitative NMR methodology (see, in collaboration with Wako, a major supplier of fine chemicals and reference standards), which is unique and no other vendor can provide.

In addition, for the purpose of the often chemically complex natural products samples involved in investigations, the instrument needs to have the capability of accommodating the software-based implementation of new NMR pulse sequences that are continuously developed by the research community, without the need for hardware upgrades.
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 - Shirley Webb

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 6, 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 1, 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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