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University of Copenhagen


Molecular Devices (UK) Ltd
660-665 Eskdale Road Winnersh Triangle
RG41 5TS Wokingham, Berks

Acquisition of Advanced Workflow Engineering Solutions (Automation System for High Content Screening)

University of Copenhagen

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: University of Copenhagen
Postal address: Nørregade 10
Town: Copenhagen K
NUTS code: DK01 Hovedstaden
Postal code: 1165
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Mahmut Yüksel
E-mail: FGN253@ku.dk
Internet address(es):
Main address: www.KU.dk
I.4) Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5) Main activity

Section II: Object

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

Acquisition of Advanced Workflow Engineering Solutions (Automation System for High Content Screening)

II.1.2) Main CPV code
38510000 Microscopes
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description:

The Biotech Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) is an elite research center at the Faculty of Health, Copenhagen University, comprising 24 research groups within biomedical research. BRIC’s Core Facility for HCCS is a recently funded expansion of the existing Core Facility for HTCBS, infrastructures with open access to all researchers in Denmark.

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: 8 100 000.00 DKK
II.2) Description
II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code: DK01 Hovedstaden
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:

The Core Facility for High Throughput Cell Based Screens (HTCBS) received funding to expand their screening capacities, thereby establishing Denmark’s first High Content CRISPR Screening (HCCS) Facility. The intended purchase includes an automation system for full integration of already existing instrumentation and new instrumentation, which allows the facility to continue on existing protocols while at the same time increasing capacity significantly.

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
Negotiated procedure without prior publication
  • The works, supplies or services can be provided only by a particular economic operator for the following reason:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons

The Core Facility for HTCBS has long-lasting experience on high content screening utilising in particular a high content microscope, InCell 2200 (Cytiva) for image analysis and an Echo 550 (Beckman) for tips-free, low-volume liquid transfer. Screening protocols are based on these instruments, which makes it crucial for the facility to integrate these existing instruments in the new automation setup. At the same time, expansion of the screening system is based on the existing technologies. Both integration of existing instrumentation and expansion based on established technologies and protocols are secured by the suggested ‘Advanced Workflow Engineering Solutions’ from molecular devices. The consortium of relevant companies within Danaher offers the unique possibility to not only purchase but also service the whole system through one supplier.

The following building blocks of the ‘Advanced Workflow Engineering Solutions’ are a of particular technological relevance for the facility:

— ImageXpress Confocal HT.ai High-Content Imaging System with a 7 laser illumination source, a 60 micron pinhole spinning disk, widefield and five objectives, two of them with water immersion (molecular devices). The performance of this microscope and capacities of the included image analysis software were validated on some of our main projects. In addition, molecular devices recently took over services from Cytiva, which means that we can seamlessly integrate the existing INCell2200 into the new system;

— Echo 525 (Beckman), which transfers 25 nl droplets instead of 2.5 nl as the existing Echo 550, thus increasing speed and flexibility, while still applying the same established technologies;

— Green Button Go automation software (Biosero), which is already established in a collaborating screening laboratory, i.e. the facility can build on existing experience.

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

Section V: Award of contract/concession

V.2) Award of contract/concession
V.2.1) Date of contract award decision:
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
Official name: Molecular Devices (UK) Ltd
Postal address: 660-665 Eskdale Road Winnersh Triangle
Town: Wokingham, Berks
NUTS code: UK United Kingdom
Postal code: RG41 5TS
Country: United Kingdom
E-mail: orders.eu@moldev.com
Telephone: +44 1189448000
Internet address: www.moleculardevices.com
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: 8 100 000.00 DKK
V.2.5) Information about subcontracting

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3) Additional information:
VI.4) Procedures for review
VI.4.1) Review body
Official name: Danish Public Contracts Appeal Board
Postal address: Nævnenes hus, toldboden 2
Town: Viborg
Postal code: 8800
Country: Denmark
E-mail: NH@naevneneshus.dk
Telephone: +45 72405600
Internet address: www.KLFU.dk
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:

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