The following roundup is based on recently awarded federal contracts or official notices of intent to issue an award. While the periodic acquisition of laboratory, medical or CBRN equipment and support services is commonplace, we selectively cover these activities for insight into the acquisition and mission priorities of organizations as well as the competitive landscape for suppliers.
DoD 60M Award to Draeger Medical
Draeger Medical, Inc., Telford, Pennsylvania, has been awarded a maximum $60,000,000 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for patient monitoring systems, subsystems and components. This contract was a competitive acquisition with eight offers received. This is a one-year base contract with nine one-year option periods. Location of performance is Pennsylvania with an Aug. 5, 2015 performance completion date. Using military services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2014 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2D1-14-D-0004).
DTRA Award to Exelis – Nuclear Survivability Handbook
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) intends to issue a sole source, cost-plus fixed fee contract to Exelis Inc., Alexandria, VA. It was determined that new strategic level documents and guidance need to be integrated into the “Program Managers Handbook on Nuclear Survivability” in order to ensure consistency with current policy, acquisition, and operations. This update was completed by Exelis. However, it was determined that a new Chapter (designated Chap 4) needed to be generated in order to articulate further roles and responsibilities of the Combatant Commands, JCS, and other operators. Under this acquisition, the contractor will conduct coordinated reviews with the government and combine Chapter 4 into the current final PM Handbook for publication/distribution. The contractor will prepare the final document to be consistent with modern electronic search capability, including HTML links, which is able to be easily accessed/searched by the DoD project managers. The final version will be compatible with Sharepoint-types of sites used in the DoD.
CDC Award to BioFire Diagnostics
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Division of Viral Diseases (NCIRD) intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to BioFire for FA GI IVD 30 Pouch Kit. These specific test kits are part of the study design for an approved Advanced Molecular Detection research study. The estimated Procurement Amount: $25,575.00
WRAIR Award to Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics
The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) in support of Walter Reed Army Research Institute of Research (WRAIR) intends to negotiate solely with Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc., Norwood MA 02062 for the procurement of a Reagent Panels that support the MicroScan Walkaway 96 Plus Instrument. Specifically, the government will purchase the following items for the purpose of maintaining a central repository to test isolates from Military Treatment Facilities (MTFs) that utilize the Siemens Microscan testing platform.
CDC Award for Radix BioSolutions xMAP Kits
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to Radix Bio Solutions for xMap Multiplex Kits. Radix Bio Solutions is the only known vendor that can produce this type of exclusive xMAP bead conjugation and kit parameters, which are needed for a project in the National Center for HIV, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention Lab at the CDC.
AFRIMS Award to Offices of Disease Control and Prevention – Services in Thailand
The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity proposes to award to Offices of Disease Control and Prevention 306 Phitsanulok – Watboat Road, Muang District, Phitsanulok on a sole source basis, for Non Personal Service with Office of Disease Prevention and Control. Phitsanulok to provide laboratory space and furnishing for Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) staff. Awarding to any other Vendor would result in substantial delays in ongoing research.
AFRIMS Award to Royal Thai Army
The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity proposes to award to Royal Thai Army UBS-SAGES Cross Border Surveillance Network to ASEAN Community on a sole source basis, for Database Administrator at Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS), as well as travel and teaching supplies for the personnel who will go to the field sites to conduct training to the military and civilian personnel who will be using the Unit Based Surveillance and SAGES software.
NIH Award to Life Technologies – DNA Sequencer for Nuclear Medicine
The National Institute of Health, Clinical Center (CC) intends to award a fixed price purchase order to Life Technologies Carlsbad, CA 92008-7321 on a sole source basis to procure the Ion Chef system that will replace existing government owned instrument the Life Technologies One Touch 2 unit that is currently obsolete. Protocols and quality controls have been established on the existing instrumentation; any changes to the existing methodology would necessitate additional quality control mechanisms that could cause cancellation or delay of patient protocols for the Nuclear Medicine Department (NMD).
The Ion Chef will be used to simplify workflow and prepare samples to run on the existing Life Technologies One Touch 2 for DNA sequencing. The Ion Chef system is the only known instrumentation that will work with and meet the unique specifications of the existing government owned testing instrument.
CDC Award to CTL Analyzers
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to C.T.L. Analyzers LLC for a CTL ImmunoSpot S6. CTL Analyzers is the only known vendor that produces the ImmunoSpot S6, which is required by the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases office at the CDC because it is the only system that does fluorescent spot detection, integrates all major components including computer, monitor and keyboard tray, and CTL is the only ELISPOT instrument/software manufacturer with an in-house GLP 7 compliant laboratory which is imperative for our CLIA and QMS regulations.
Indian Health System Award to Beckman Coulter
The Indian Health Service has awarded a $35,926.56 contract for an unspecified Immunoassay system to Beckman Coulter, Inc.
Army Award for Firefighting and Radiation Equipment
All Hazard Safety Associates of Belmont, NC has been awarded a purchase order from Fort Benning for the following items, Thermo Scientific brand name or equal: 36g Lutetium Test Adapter, for the RadEye Personal Radiation Detector (PRD)17 EA; and RadEye, Personal Radiation Detector, 2 EA
National Guard Award for Air Sampling Systems
SKC, Inc. was awarded a $3,668 contract for air sampling chips to detect toxic items including: benzene, vinyl chloride, petroleum, hydrazine, diisocyanates, and arsenic. The items were purchased by the Army for the Maryland National Guard.
NIH Award to Protein Simple
The National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH/NIAID) recently announced intentions to award a contract for FluroChem R Systems on a sole source basis to ProteinSimple.
“The FluorChem R imaging system is a cutting edge, top of the line imaging system, offering the greatest range of imaging applications in any device of its kind currently on the market,” states the announcement.. “It is absolutely necessary to purchase an identical FluroChem R System to generate consistent data for our on-going experiments.”
Other unique features of the system enhance speed and accuracy of results generated, including automated band detection and quantitation across all channels, and the ability to overlay multi-color fluorescent Western blot images, saving the time of stripping and re-probing with loading controls and running numerousgels for individual genes of interest.
DTRA Support Contract Awarded to Tenica
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency has awarded a $3,979,698 contract to Tenica & Associates LLC for unspecified contracting support services. Tenica lists itself as a leading provider of government services and consulting solutions in the areas of national defense, homeland and cyber security for both government and commercial clients.
CDC Award for Testing of CBRN Respiratory Canisters
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / National Institute Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) / National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory (NPPTL) Pittsburgh, PA intend to award a sole source firm fixed price Purchase Order to the University of Arizona to evaluate NIOSH-approved MSA Millennium, Scott Cap-1 and 3m FR-15 canisters and the non-NIOSH approved cartridge 3m FR-64 during the process called “overhaul” at their test facility. This study will be focused on CBRN canister respiratory protection breakthrough and service life with respect to a wide variety of contaminants produced during larger burn center simulations.
Navy Award to One Lambda for Next Generation HLA Typing Reagents
The Naval Medical Logistics Command intends to establish, on a sole source basis, a research and development contract with One Lambda, Incorporated. The requirements of the award include:
- Technical development of this system to expand the multiplex capabilities for high throughput HLA typing, with provision of second generation bead assays for NMRC evaluation
- Continued improvement in algorithm and software development for simultaneous analysis of many -Sequence-Specific Oligonucleotide (SSO) reactions per sample to include additional loci and additional exons and incorporation of additional Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) sequencing software and data analysis
- Continued incorporation of DNA sequencing with use of SSO bead system for simultaneous testing of all exons for HLA class 1 genes (HLA-A, B and -C) and for HLA class II (HLA-DR, -DQ, and -DP)
- Development of manufacture of new SSO typing kits to support NMRC donor recruitment for HLA A, B, C, and DRB1, DQB1 and DP alleles to detect and discriminate between alleles found in the DoD BM donor pool, even if they are rare in the general population
- DNA analysis of the 3.6MB genetic haplotype from HLA-A to HLA-DP with identification of sequences required for developing new probes.
One Lambda was identified as the only company that could further refine the solid-phase HLA test system and reagents, provide these for approval by the Navy and for HLA typing of volunteer donors for donor registration; and use high capacity high resolution system will use the solid phase bead system and be paired with DNA sequencing capable to simultaneously analyzing multiple HLA loci (HLA-A, HLA-B, HLA-C, HLA-DRB, HLA-DQB1 and HLA-DPAB.
CDC Award to Applied Biosystems
The Centers for Disease Control and prevention intends to award a sole source firm fixed price purchase order to Technical Communities for an Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System with Notebook Computer. The NCEZID lab at the CDC needs to acquire a second PCR machine of the same brand and model as the existing machine, which is an Applied Biosystems 7500 Fast Real-Time PCR System. The machines must be the same in order to maintain the integrity of their assays.
USUHS Award to Beckman Coulter – RNA Sequencing
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences has awarded Beckman Coulter a $21,240 award for unspecified RNA Sequencing products.
Navy Awards 78M Industrial Hygiene IDIQ
Concurrent Technologies Corp., Johnstown, Pennsylvania (N00189-14-D-Z035); Consolidated Safety Service Inc., Fairfax, Virginia (N00189-14-D-Z036); and URS Group Inc., Washington, District of Columbia (N00189-14-D-Z037), are each being awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide industrial hygiene support services for the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery (BUMED). The maximum contract value for all three contracts combined is $78,554,443. These services will focus on industrial hygiene testing and monitoring services for the Navy and Marine Corps commands/activities in direct support of BUMED’s comprehensive Industrial Hygiene Program. The services include conducting periodic surveys, workplace monitoring and ventilation surveys, exposure monitoring surveys, conducting exposure claim investigations and occupational illness investigations conduct workplace assessments, and reviewing hazardous materials. These three contractors will compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contracts. Work will be performed at shore-based Navy and Marine Corps locations throughout the United States (85 percent) and various contractor facilities (15 percent); work is expected to be completed by Sept 14, 2017. Fiscal 2014 Navy Defense Health Program operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $250,000 will be obligated at the time of award, and funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. This requirement was competitively procured via the Federal Business Opportunities website, with nine offers received in response to this solicitation. The NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Norfolk, Contracting Department, Philadelphia Office, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is the contracting activity.
NIAID Award for Illumina NextSetQ 500 Sequencing System
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) intends to negotiate on other than full and open competition the purchase for a Illumina NextSetQ 500 Sequencing System and accessory MiSeq NGS sequencing bundle. This is not a request for proposal. This system uses the same TrueSeq sequencing reagents and compatible sample preparation and sequencing library qualification reagents currently in use with their Illumina HiScan-SQ.
“For continuity in data quality and laboratory techniques to support ongoing projects of researches, we require a system that uses Illumina SBS (sequencing by synthesis) chemistry and reagents,” states the announcement.
Sources: FedBizOpps, Defense.gov