University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Vendor: Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc., Menlo Park, CA
Amount: An estimated $480,000
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 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 Monday, October 28, 2019
The University awarded a contract for a DNA sequencing platform for very long fragments to Pacific Biosciences of California, Inc., Menlo Park, CA, for an estimated $480,000.
The University has a need for a DNA sequencing platform for very long fragments of DNA. This is needed to be enable the accurate assembly of genomes. The end result of this will be the critical study of the genetic basis of diseases.
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 Pacific Biosciences of California, 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 item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent. This instrument will be available for use by researchers from every institution of the State of Illinois. If we are unable to get one, our researchers would lose the ability to sequence their genomes of interest, they would be unable to get competitive funding for their research that needs long reads, and lose competitiveness with other institutions. There is no other product that can produce consensus reads with the same accuracy as the Sequel II so a competitive bid would be unlikely.
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 13, 2019
401 S. Spring Street
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 8, 2019
The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire
qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.