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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JJW992

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Monday October 19, 2020
Awarded to:
Vendor: General Automation Lab Technologies, San Carlos, CA
Amount: An estimated $117,966.50
Terms:  One-time transaction
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
First published Monday, October 19, 2020
The University awarded a contract for a Prospector Instrument.
Prospector Instrument for high-throughput isolation, cultivation and screening of bacteria.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for performing sponsored research and other sponsored activities under grants and contracts funded by the sponsor or by sources other than State appropriations. (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b)(8)) There are very few of these instruments in existence and so this gives UIC the advantage of being able to isolate bacteria that have not been isolated before, especially when applied to understudied environments. This improves the probability of finding novel antibiotic-producing bacteria from environmental samples which in turn improves the chances to patent and license such antibiotics and generate significant revenue for the University.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 355-3568
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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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