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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1RMJ21R0407711

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday February 3, 2021

Bruker Scientific, LLCBillerica, VT

  • Amount: An estimated $331,660
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 2/8/2021 through 1/31/2024, 36 months
  • Renewals: None



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0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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 Monday February 1, 2021
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, January 19, 2021
The University awarded a contract for a maintenance agreement for Sweedler Group to Bruker Scientific, LLC, Billerica, VT, for an estimated $331,660.
The University has a need for a maintenance agreement for Sweedler Group Mass Spectrometers (6 Instruments). This is needed because we are purchasing a maintenance agreement that covers multiple instruments for a three-year period, Bruker has given us a 35% multi-system discount totaling $200,420 off the combined total cost of $532,080. This three-year term locks in the pricing and protects us from annual price increases the net cost of $331,660 will be billed in annual installments. The end result of this will be to renew our maintenance agreement with Bruker to cover six mass spectrometers currently installed in the Sweedler group mass spectrometry facilities. All of these instruments were originally manufactured by Bruker. 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 Bruker Scientific, LLC. 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 universitys 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 compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration. As the manufacturer of these already purchased mass spectrometers, Bruker is the only vendor qualified to repair and service their systems, and provide the parts needed, to keep the instruments functional and within specifications. In addition, this agreement includes the required software and firmware updates to keep these systems compatible with each other and with other instrumentation within the Sweedler research group.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Ryan Johnson
212 Illini Plaza
1817 S. Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-7922
FAX: (217) 239-6877
Chief Procurement Officer - John Donato
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.

Hearing Details

February 3, 2021
9:00 AM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327
Additional Information: All sole source hearings under the jurisdiction of the Chief Procurement Officer for Higher Education will be conducted by tele-conference only until the in-person option is reinstated.
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 29, 2021
Register with:
Catherine Bradbury
Phone:(217) 993-2327

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
  • 1RMJ21R0407711.pdf (775 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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