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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #738JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday August 10, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Qiagen Inc., Valencia, CA
Amount: An estimated $1,750,000
An estimated start date of 8/10/2016 through 8/9/2021, 60 months
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 August 2, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, July 14, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Reagent Rental of QIAGEN's Artus platform for CMV to Qiagen Inc., Valencia, CA, for an estimated $1,750,000.
Continual equipment rental and reagent purchase for the Artus system will allow the Pathology Lab to perform both the CMV and EBV tests for patients.

The specifications that only Qiagen can satisfy are as follows. The Laboratory requires an FDA approved platform which allows for the specimens tested for CMV and EBV to be from whole blood. Only the QIAGEN platform allows for that. The Director of Molecular Pathology considers whole blood to be the only acceptable specimen source because of its high negative predictive value in transplant patients. Roche reagents are only for the specimen source of plasma. Re-validating to plasma would be very expensive and time consuming and clinically inferior to whole blood results. CMV testing is performed on transplant patients who are very closely monitored. If forced to switch to plasma clinical judgment will suffer.
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.

August 3, 2016
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
July 29, 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
  • 738JCMPart1.pdf (348 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 738JCMPart2.pdf (62 KB)