FBO Notice Date 06/18/18
BIDS Reference Number 55
Document Type: Presolicitation
Instruments & Laboratory Equipment

Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, 27713

66 -- FEI-Software and Hardware Upgrade for Tecnai 12 Bio-Twin TEM System SOL VS4958543 DUE 062718Valarie K Sims, Purchasing Agent, Phone 984-287-3058, Fax 919-541-1019, Email sims3@niehs.nih.govThis contract action is for the acquisition of supplies for which the Government intends to solicit and negotiate with only one source under the authority of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Subpart 13.106-1(b)(1). The National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), Office of Acquisitions (OA) intends to award a single source purchase order to FEI Company, 5350 NE Dawson Creek Drive, Hillsboro, Oregon, 97124, for software and hardware upgrade package for upgrading the Tecnai User Interface software to version 3.x. for the FEI Tecnai 12 Bio-Twin TEM System.

The purpose of the FEI 12 Bio-Twin Transmission Electron Microscopy (TEM) isto allow NIEHS/NTP investigators the opportunity to utilize very thin (0.5 um or less) samples of tissues, illuminated by an electron beam, for the detection of changes and/or additions of cellular components not visible by light microscopy. The TEM is used to both confirm and corroborate findings by light microscopy,immunohistochemistry as well as by other research techniques such as DNA assays. This system is used for detecting viruses and small nanoparticles, as well as detecting cellular changes associated with human diseases being researched in clinical trials and/or various investigations here at NIEHS/NTP.

Currently, the Tecnai 12 Bio-Twin system utilizes Microsoft Windows 2000 as its operating system. It is imperative that the Tecnai's software and hardware is upgraded with Tecnai Software 3.x Upgrade Package 10 and Software Package 4.x,which will include the Micorsoft XP Operating system and an Aragon microscope PC. This software and hardware allows connection to ThermoFishers Scientific's (FEI) Rapid FEI for diagnosing on the Tecnia T12 from their headquarters, resulting in less downtime when system issues occur. The upgraded Aragon microscope PC will have direct digital communications with the Tecnai T12, rather than having to go through an analog/digital converter.

In addition, this upgrade will include replacing two hand panels that will allow the microscope to operate more effectively.

Line Item Description: Quantity:

1. Service- Upgrade Installation and Travel Charges- (1 each)
2. 4022 400 44341- DDP-Factory to customer receiving dock- (1 each)
3. 1129286- Hand Panel Package Trackball- (1 each)
4. 1150634- Tecnai Software 3.x Upgrade Package 10- (1 each)
5. FP 5351/40 Tecnai Software 4.x Upgrade Package- (1 each)

The applicable North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Code for this acquisition is 511210 "Software Publishers" and a Size Standard of $38.5.

The anticipated delivery time is 90-120 Days, ARO.

NIEHS will solicit and negotiate directly with FEI Company and no solicitation will be issued. This notice of intent is not a request for competitive proposals or quotations; however, all responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency. Offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) www.sam.gov. A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed requirement based on responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Interestedparties must express their interest and must be submitted in writing via email to Valarie K. Sims at valare.sims@nih.gov and are due by 10:00 AM, June 27, 2018. No faxed documents will be accepted. If no responsive statements are received by the due date, an award will be made to FEI Company.

CITE: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/HHS/NIH/NIEHS/VS4958543/listing.html