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DNA/RNA Oligonucleotide Synthesizer

Solicitation Number: HU0001-11-T-D055
Agency: Other Defense Agencies
Office: Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
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The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) located on the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD, has a requirement for a DNA/RNA Oligonucleotide Synthesizer which will be used to generate DNA and RNA oligonucleotides for use in molecular biology experiments. The University Strategic Plan for Research and Development states that USUHS will build and sustain research programs relevant to the needs of the uniformed services. Acquisition of technologically advanced instrumentation by the shared instrument core will enable USUHS investigators to complete this critical mission.

The synthesizer quoted must meet the following minimum specifications:

• Benchtop instrument (24" deep x 41" long x 28" tall)
• Up to 16 column positions
• 16 amidite positions
• Variable synthesis scale
• Ability to start new synthesis at any position and at any time during run
• Variable kinds of connections and bottle sizes
• Low reagent consumption
• Flexible software to allow for protocol development
• WindowsXP operating software preferred
• Trityl monitoring - optional
• Can accommodate ancillary chemical reagents in bottles up to 2-4 liters
• Minimum of 1-year warranty on parts and service

Training, installation, and annual maintenance is also being requested for the maximum of five (5) years after the warranty lapses.

The CLIN structure for this requirement is as follows:

0001 Synthesizer
0002 Installation
0003 Training
0004 Maintenance for the base year (upon lapse of warranty)
0005 Option Year I maintenance
0006 Option Year II maintenance
0007 Option Year III maintenance
0008 Option Year IV maintenance

Quotes for refurbished items will not be accepted.

This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This request for quotes (RFQ) for commercial items is in accordance with FAR Part 12 - Acquisition of Commercial Items and FAR Part 13 - Simplified Acquisition Procedures. It will be the responsibility of the offeror to check the website for the issuance of any amendments to the solicitation. This RFQ incorporates all provisions and clauses in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-52 (effective 30 June 2011).

This solicitation is for full and open competition under the applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code 334516 - Analytical Laboratory Instrument Manufacturing.

Offerors must provide product literature accompanying the quote. Quotes must include pricing for all applicable components of the instrument.

See attached provisions and clauses. Offerors must complete the DFARS 252.225-7035 Buy American Act--Free Trade Agreements--Balance of Payments Program Certificate and include a copy of the completed certificate with your quote. Offerors must also complete FAR Clause 52.222-48 Exemption from Application of the Service Contract Act to Contracts for Maintenance, Calibration, or Repair of Certain Equipment Certification and include a completed certification with your quote. The Government will award a single firm fixed price purchase order. To be eligible for award, a offeror must register, or already be registered with the Central Offeror Registration (CCR) database. For more information, please see

Quotes are due on or before 4:30pm EST on Monday, 11 July 2011. Quotes must be submitted via email to Quotes received after this 11 July 2011 deadline, or via any means other than email will not be evaluated. Quotes must contain a cover sheet containing the solicitation number of this combined synopsis/solicitation, offeror's DUNS number, Tax ID number, and offeror point of contact.

All questions/clarifications in reference to this RFQ must be submitted via email to the Contract Specialist, Melissa T. Marcellus, at, no later than 4:30pm EST on Tuesday, 5 July 2011. Only electronic submissions of questions/clarifications will be accepted. Questions/clarifications will be addressed in an amendment to the solicitation. Any questions/clarifications submitted after 4:30pm EST on 5 July 2011, or via any means other than what is specified above, will not be answered.

Award will be made to the offeror representing the best value to the Government using tradeoffs between the evaluation factors identified below. The Government is not required to award to the lowest priced offeror or to the highest technically-rated offeror.

Quotes received by the deadline of 4:30pm EST on 11 July 2011, will be evaluated using the following evaluation factors:

1. Technical - the offeror's quote must illustrate that the proposed instrument, at a minimum, meets the minimum specifications identified above (ex. By providing product literature). The offeror must also identify the delivery lead time.

2. Price - the offeror shall provide total pricing for all applicable components, to include shipping charges, as applicable, showing the breakdown of these costs. Offerors must provide pricing for all option years.

The Government reserves the right to award without discussions. Each offeror is urged to examine the RFQ and ensure that the submitted quote contains all necessary information, provides all required documentation, and is complete in all aspects.

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Posted Date:
June 30, 2011
Description: Applicable provisions and clauses, to include certificate for Buy American Act and Service Contract Act.
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814-4799
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
United States
Melissa Marcellus,
Contract Specialist
Phone: 301-295-3962
Fax: 301-295-1716