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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #797JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday January 30, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: Malvern Instruments Inc., Westborough, MA
Amount: $128,317.48
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 Tuesday January 17, 2017
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, January 3, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Nanosight NS300 with 488 laser to Malvern Instruments Inc., Westborough, MA, for $128,317.48.
Purchase from Malvern Instruments Inc. their Nanosight NS300 with 488 laser and fluorescence/Zetasizer Nano ZS.

Only Malvern's instrument and fluorescence/Zetasizer Nano ZS would be able to meet the specifications as only their high resolution can fulfill the research objectives. The Nanosight unit has a patented optical design focuses the diode laser beam for the most efficient scattering in the focal plane and minimize background noise within the sample cell (US patent # 7399600). This patented optical configuration also dramatically reduces noise and therefore provides an improved lower limit of detection compared to other optical techniques for visualizing light scattering. In addition the Nanosight has a detection range of 10nm-2000nm when using the high-sensitivity sCMOS camera, material dependent. This represents a smaller lower detection limit compared to other imaging systems.
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.

January 18, 2017
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:
January 13, 2017
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105

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
  • 797JCMPart1.pdf (517 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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