University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Vendor: Thermo Fisher Financial Services Inc., Waltham, MA
Amount: An estimated $771,010
An estimated start date of 3/1/2020 through 2/28/2021, 12 months
Potential Future Renewals:
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 since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The Chief Procurement Officer for this procurement is now Ben Bagby.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Catherine Bradbury.
First published Tuesday, November 5, 2019
The University awarded a contract for Glacios cryo-transmission electron microscope to Thermo Fisher Financial Services Inc., Waltham, MA, for an estimated $771,010.
Lease/acquisition of a Glacios cryo-transmission electron microscope with direct electron detection camera for ultra-fast imaging, phase plate solution for enhanced contrast, analysis package for micro electron diffraction, and sample autoloader compatible with high-end cryo-transmission electron microscope (Krios) available in national laboratory facilities.
The University has a need to lease/acquire a Glacios cryo-transmission electron microscope. This is needed for soft and biological materials research under cryogenic temperatures. The end result of this will be the University's ability to further research in this field with a cryo-TEM compatible with machines at the national labs.
The University, on information and belief, has concluded that only one vendor can meet its need or can meet the need economically. That vendor is Thermo Fisher Financial Services Inc. The University has provided detailed justification to support its conclusion as shown on the attached Sole Source Justification Form.
Although the University has presented this as a sole source procurement, we are seeking competitive information from firms with the capability of meeting the university?s need (even if performed in a manner different from what has been presented) to contact us and provide sufficient information to show the need can be met. If we receive that information, the Chief Procurement Officer will offer a public hearing to consider the matter. Hearing information is described below.
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 instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Chief Procurement Officer - Ben Bagby
State Purchasing Officer - Catherine Bradbury
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.
November 20, 2019
401 S. Spring Street
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify
location and get directions.
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.
November 15, 2019
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qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.