The following roundup is based on recently awarded federal contracts or official notices of intent to issue an award. We selectively cover acquisition activities for laboratory, medical and CBRN equipment and services for insight into the mission priorities of organizations as well as the competitive landscape for suppliers.
For this week’s edition, we’ve also included several RFQs for laboratory equipment.
USDA/FSIS Award for Molecular Pathogen Detector
The USDA Food Safety Inspection Service intends to award a sole source contract to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, of Wilmington, DE (aka “DuPont”) for BAX Q7 Molecular Pathogen Detector/Cyclers (with tube holders).
FSIS performs regulatory testing of meat, poultry and egg products for the presence of Salmonella sp, Listeria monocytogenes, and E.coli O157:H7 and Campylobacter jejuni/coli/larii, which are food borne pathogens.
Due to the large number of samples analyzed daily, and new sampling programs being implemented, current BAX instrument inventory is inadequate to analyze additional samples. As a result, FSIS has a requirement to purchase two BAX System Q7 Cycler/Detectors. The items will be delivered to the Western Eastern Lab located in Alameda CA.
Illumina Assays for the Global Biosurveillance Technology Initiative
The United States Army Contracting Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground (ACC- APG), Natick Contracting Division is awarding a sole source contract to Illumina, Inc. The award is for TruSeq Stranded Total RNA HT Reagent Kits for use with current MiSeq Analyzers in support of the Global Biosurveillance Technology Initiative.
This reagent kit has sample preparation of 96 total RNA samples for stranded single read, paired end, or multiplexed total RNA sequencing. Each kit includes a 96-well plate containing 96 unique, dual index adapter pairs each sufficient for a single sample.
The MiSeq analyzer, manufactured solely by Illumina, is the genomic sequencing instrument being used in the Global BioSurveillance Technology Initiative (GBTI) laboratories.
Chemical Analysis Instruments Award to Horiba
The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded $47,085.14 Horiba Instruments Inc. of Irvine, Ca. The award is for unspecified chemical analysis instruments.
USAMRICD Award to Gasmet for FTIR Analyzer
The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA), Fort Detrick, MD intends to issue a sole source award to Gasmet Technologies Inc. for its Gasmet Model CR-1000 FTIR Gas Analyzer for use at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD).
USAMRICD requires an the CR-1000 FTIR Gas Analyzer to measure a variety of toxic gases, and must be compatible with the existing Gasmet hardware and software already in use at USAMRICD. It must further be compatible with specific LabView code written at USAMRICD for use with the Gasmet’s Calcmet software and data exchange program.
Pharmaceutical Supply and Distribution Awards
Cardinal Health, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, has been awarded a maximum $95,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for prime vendor pharmaceutical items. This contract was a sole-source acquisition. This is a 30-month base contract, with three 30-month option periods. Locations of performance are Ohio, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, Washington, New Jersey, and California, with a Dec. 31, 2017, performance completion date. Using service is Department of Defense.
Pharma Logistics, LTD, Mundelein, Illinois (SPM2DX-13-D-5203), and EXP Pharmaceutical Services Corp., Fremont, California (SPM2DX-13-D-5201), have been awarded a maximum $46,159,211 modification (P00001) exercising the first option year on a 15-month base contract (SPM2DX-12-R-0001), with three 15-month option periods, for pharmaceutical reverse distribution program to process returns and disposals of expired and unneeded pharmaceuticals. This is a fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract. The maximum value will be split among the awardees based upon competition for the individual task orders. Locations of performance are Illinois and California, with a March 31, 2016, performance completion date. Using service is Department of Defense.
Medical Supply Award to Biomet 3i
Biomet 3i, LLC., Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, has been awarded a maximum $27,774,800 fixed-price with economic-price-adjustment contract for medical items and accessories. This contract was a competitive acquisition and 58 offers were received. This is a five-year base contract with no option periods. Location of performance is Florida, with a Nov. 4, 2020, performance completion date. Using services are Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and federal civilian agencies. Type of appropriation is fiscal 2015 defense working capital funds. The contracting activity is the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (SPE2DH-15-D-0003).
Medical Services $99M IDIQ Award
Catalyst Professional Services Inc., Colorado Springs, Colorado (N62645-15-D-5014); Donald L. Mooney Enterprises LLC doing business as Nurses Etc. Staffing, San Antonio, Texas (N62645-15-D-5017); Loyal Source Government Services LLC, Orlando, Florida (N62645-15-D-5015); Magnum Opus Technologies Inc., San Antonio, Texas (N62645-15-D-5016); and Potomac Healthcare Solutions LLC, Woodbridge, Virginia (N62645-15-D-5018), are each being awarded a 42-month, firm-fixed-priced, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, multiple award task order contract for various medical services that include the labor categories of Allied Health, Technologist, Technician and Assistant services at Military Treatment Facilities in the Southeastern Region of the United States. The aggregate not-to-exceed amount for these multiple award contracts combined is $99,773,371.
These five companies will have the opportunity to bid on each individual task order. Work will be performed at the Naval Hospital Jacksonville, Florida (25 percent); Naval Health Clinic Corpus Christi, Texas (25 percent); Naval Hospital Pensacola, Florida (25 percent); Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, North Carolina (10 percent); Naval Hospital Beaufort, South Carolina (3 percent); Naval Hospital Cherry Point, North Carolina (3 percent); Naval Health Clinic Charleston, South Carolina (3 percent); Navy Medicine Operational Training Center Pensacola, Florida (3 percent); and associated branch clinics (3 percent). Work is expected to be completed July 31, 2018. Fiscal 2015 Defense Health Program funds in the amount of $12,371,025 will be obligated at the time of award under initial task orders, and the funds will expire at the end of the current fiscal year. Funding is predominantly from the Defense Health Program; however, other funding initiatives such as psychological health/traumatic brain injury, overseas contingency operations and wounded, ill, and injured may be used. These are all one-year funding types. These contracts were solicited via the agency’s website and the Federal Business Opportunities website for proposals as a 100 percent small business set-aside; 32 offers were received. The Naval Medical Logistics Command, Fort Detrick, Maryland, is the contracting activity.
DTRA Award for Nuclear Survivable Electronics
The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) intends to negotiate and award a Purchase Order on a sole-source basis to Boeing Radiation Effects Lab (BREL), Seattle, WA, for an effort entitled “Identify Cost of Radiation Hardening Solutions as a Function of Radiation Environments for Tailkit Electronics.”
DTRA requires a cost to harden (CTH) study to gather data that will assist future research and development in the technical, complex field of parametric radiation hardening as a function of radiation environments for tailkit electronics.
The scope of this effort is to document the cost to achieve nuclear survivable electronics for the four levels of radiation hardness, referenced above, as a function of total dose, peak gamma dose rate, neutron fluence, and Single Event Upset (SEU). The costs are associated with the design, test and maintenance of nuclear survivability at those specified environments.
Boeing Radiation Effects Lab (BREL) is the only responsible source reasonably available in the market to conduct this CTH study. BREL’s proprietary Radiation Effects Database will enable DTRA to come up with the most realistic cost to harden at these radiation levels.
DoD Award for Medical Device Evaluation Data
The Naval Medical Logistics Command (NMLC), United States Army Medical and Material Agency, and Air Force Medical Operations Agency are awarding a sole-source contract to Emergency Care Research Institute in the amount of $3,437,535.
The contract is for subscription to Health Devices Gold, Alerts Tracker, and Biomedical Benchmark in support of the military services’ medical assets.
ECRI Institute provides a definitive source of information with respect to medical devices compliance with FDA requirements to market and deliver medical products within the United States essential to provide a competitive knowledge-based acquisitions for the Department of Defense.
The essential characteristics of the subscriptions are it needs to compile, update and have data available in near real time. This data is in a database that is accessible through an internet portal that is password protected. The data set for this will encompass a collection of laboratory evaluations of medical devices that can be used to support objective decision-making on technology purchases.
The database will also be able to compile a listing of quality control issue alerts from original equipment manufacturers and the Food and Drug Administration. The tools will also allow a Medical Treatment Facility (MTF) to assess how their health care technology maintenance technicians are performing in comparison to other MTF systems on like devices.
RFI – Joint Biological Agent Identification and Detection Supplies
The Defense Logistics Agency – Troop Support is seeking sources capable of supplying Reagents/Assays, Sample Purification/Control Kits, and Spare Parts Kits for use with the BioFire Defense JBAIDS Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) analyzer, which is currently fielded throughout the US Army, US Navy, US Air Force and US Marine Corps.
The DoD customers have a continuous need for replenishment of JBAIDS consumables. The items are used solely with the BioFire Defense JBAIDS PCR analyzer for the surveillance and diagnosis of biological threats. Details available under Solicitation Number: SPM2D015R0015.
RFQ – USDA Aflatoxin Test Kits
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration, (GIPSA), has a requirement for two types of Aflatoxin Test Kits. These test kits will be delivered to a variety of GIPSA locations in different states. USDA estimates requirements will be for 10,000 quantitative aflatoxin test kits. Details are available under Solicitation Number: AG-6395-S-15-0006.
RFQ – Teledyne Automated Flash Chromatography Systems
The U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) in support of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) is soliciting for Two Teledyne Automated Flash Chromatography Systems, Brand Name or Equal. Details available under Solicitation Number: W81XWH-15-T-0018.
RFQ – Multi-Mode Microplate Detection
U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity is requesting quotations for a Multi-Mode Microplate Detection Platform. Mission essential characteristics include:
- Microprocessor controls: be able to use Softmax pro6
- Expandable to do western blot
- Able to perform Florescence, dual color luminescence detection, glow luminescence detection
- Capacity for non-stain imaging and cell detection of plates in all channels
- Able to do micro-volume analysis requiring less than 20 ul.
- Accommodate 6 to 1536 well plates
- Expandable to be able to perform polarizing detection, HTRF detection, AlphaLisa detection
- Able to perform multimode analysis on same plate
Details are available under Solicitation Number: W81XWH15T0026.
RFQ – Glasshouse for DTRA National Nuclear Security Site
The proposed procurement is for a Glasshouse for Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) – Nevada Operations Office, at the National Nuclear Security Site (NNSS). Glasshouse shall be fully assembled and fork-liftable, 10ft x 24ft x 8ft. Delivery is required within 45 days of order. Further specifications available under Solicitation Number: HDTRA2-15-T-0001.
RFQ – CULEXNXT Sampling System for USAMRICD
The United States Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) has a requirement in support of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense (USAMRICD) for a CULEXNXT Sampling System. Details are available under Solicitation Number: W81XWH15T0041.
Global Biodefense Articles
Additional contracting and funding news recently appearing on Global Biodefense:
- DTRA Issues Ebola Broad Agency Announcement
- Battelle Wins CBRNE Contract from CENTCOM
- USAMRIID Contract for Infectious Disease Training in Uganda
- BioMARC to Assist in Ebola Vaccine Development
- BAA – Continuous Collection of Biomarker Samples
- DARPA Awards 12.2M for Monoclonal Antibody Research
- Johns Hopkins to Develop National Ebola Training
- Rapid, Portable Viral Diagnostic Available for Licensing
- RFP – Homeland Security Operational Analysis Center
- DTRA Awards Contract for Nuclear Treaty Verification Dialogues
- DHS Urban Security Lab Seeks CBRN Respirators
- NIAID Funds Multi-Institutional MRSA Research Initiative
- DHS Backs Scholarship Program for Biothreat Genomics
- Licensing Dual-Purpose Vaccines Effective Against Rabies and Ebola
- UGA Wins Gates Foundation Grant to Study Norovirus
- PositiveID Signs CRADA with U.S. Special Operations Command
Sources: FedBizOpps, Defense.gov, various industry sites