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The University of Aberdeen requires a single platform Imaging Flow Cytometry System to enable research of complex biological systems using the quantitative power and speed of Flow Cytometry with high content image analysis.

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice

Supplies

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1)Name and addresses
University of Aberdeen
University Office, King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
United Kingdom
Contact person: Head of Procurement
Telephone: +44 1224274467
E-mail:
NUTS code: UKM50

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/procurement

Address of the buyer profile: http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/search/Search_AuthProfile.aspx?ID=AA00102

I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Education

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Imaging Flow Cytometry System.

Reference number: AU17/11
II.1.2)Main CPV code
38434510
II.1.3)Type of contract
Supplies
II.1.4)Short description:

The University of Aberdeen requires a single platform Imaging Flow Cytometry System to enable research of complex biological systems using the quantitative power and speed of Flow Cytometry with high content image analysis.

II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.7)Total value of the procurement (excluding VAT)
Value excluding VAT: 488 000.00 GBP
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM50
Main site or place of performance:

Institute of Medical Sciences, Foresterhill, Aberdeen, AB25 2ZD.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

Imaging Flow Cytometry System for research purposes with a single platform for understanding complex biological systems using the quantitative power and speed of Flow Cytometry with high content image analysis.

- Capable of acquiring microscopic images from cells in suspension at flow rates of 5 000 cells per second.

- Generate a minimum of 12 images of each cell to perform Multi-parameter cytometry and be upgradable to permit additional images.

- Images to include at least one brightfield image, and one darkfield image and up to ten separate fluorescent images in spectrally distinct fluorescent channels.

- Capability to load and inject 20-200 uL of sample from a single micro-tube and provide a 96-well plate auto-sampling for analysing small volume in automated high-throughput manner.

- Brightfield illuminator, a darkfield illuminator, and 5 variable power lasers having excitation lines/maximal power outputs of 488 nm/ 400 mW, 642 nm/150 mW; 375 nm/20 mW, 405 nm/100 mW, 561 nm/200 mW, and 592 nm/300 mW.

- Selectable magnification objectives (minimum 20x, 40x and 60x) and a combination of specialised optics (Extended Depth of Field (EDF)) and unique image processing algorithms that project all structures, spots, vesicles and probes within the cell into one crisply-focused image.

- Automatic feedback mechanism to monitor and adjust for changes in the position of cells in flow, keeping the vast majority of cells in focus.

- Complete self-test and self-calibration capability.

- PC with the capability of analysing tens of thousands of cells in a high-speed manner including sufficient size of the memory and storage.

- Software with capability to analyse tens of thousands of cells as individual cells or aggregate populations and be able to generate information on more than 80 features per image of a cell, including methods for user-generated feature analysis.

II.2.5)Award criteria
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Award of a contract without prior publication of a call for competition in the Official Journal of the European Union in the cases listed below
  • The procurement falls outside the scope of application of the directive
Explanation:

The equipment involved is for the purpose of research, experiment, study and development and the technical requirements and outputs are such that there is only one current provider that can meet the requirements. Prior to this Notice, engagement has been undertaken with competitors in the market and alternative Flow Cytometry equipment currently on the market do not meet the required functionality and outputs for this research.

IV.1.3)Information about framework agreement
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

Section V: Award of contract/concession

Contract No: AU17/11
V.2)Award of contract/concession
V.2.1)Date of conclusion of the contract/concession award decision:
21/02/2017
V.2.2)Information about tenders
The contract has been awarded to a group of economic operators: no
V.2.3)Name and address of the contractor/concessionaire
Merck Millipore
Suites 3&5, Building 6, Croxley Green Business Park
Watford
WD18 8YH
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 7778473754
NUTS code: UKM50
The contractor/concessionaire will be an SME: no
V.2.4)Information on value of the contract/lot/concession (excluding VAT)
Total value of the contract/lot/concession: 488 000.00 GBP
V.2.5)Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

Note: To register your interest in this notice and obtain any additional information please visit the Public Contracts Scotland Web Site at http://www.publiccontractsscotland.gov.uk/Search/Search_Switch.aspx?ID=484496

(SC Ref: 484496).

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
University of Aberdeen
University Office, King's College
Aberdeen
AB24 3FX
United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1224274467
Fax: +44 1224273875

Internet address:http://www.abdn.ac.uk/procurement

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
23/02/2017