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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #687JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday April 19, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: BioTek Instruments, Winooski, VT
Amount: An estimated $99,233
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 modified
Published Monday April 18, 2016
A sole source hearing was held 4/13/2016.
First published Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The University awarded a contract for BioTek Cytation5 Monochromator Imaging System to BioTek Instruments, Winooski, VT, for an estimated $99,233.
BioTek's Cytation5 Monochromator Imaging System has several unique patented specifications that are solely available from BioTek. THe Cytation5 system has an advanced microscope system incorporated into the plate reader architecture, plus a unique compartment and atmospheric controller which supports live cell assays. In this manner, fluorescence/absorbance/luminescence & microscopy data can be collected simultaneously for advanced multiplex assays in vitro or with live cells. There are custom attachments for all the slide, plate, and flask sizes that we will need to utilize. In addition, this device has a special insert which permits microliter quantity nucleic acid assays, which means that we will not have to buy another piece of expensive equipment to do that.

Cytation 5 system can be integrated in the future into a fully automated robotic system for high-throughput discovery.Only the BioTek microplate monochromator system has a unique hybrid optical system with state-of-the art customized optics. The hybrid optical monochromator and filter-based fluorescence) design provides the opportunity to elect the most optimal detection system for the required biochemical and cell-based assays.

There is no other product available which combines all of these essential features.
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 13, 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 8, 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
  • 687JCMPart1.PDF (374 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 687JCMPart2-hearingdoc.pdf (112 KB)