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2021/S 112-292836
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Aarhus Universitet


Nanistring Technologies
Silicon Valley

NCounter Sprint Profiler

Aarhus Universitet

Voluntary ex ante transparency notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority/entity

I.1) Name and addresses
Official name: Aarhus Universitet
National registration number: 31119103
Postal address: Nordre Ringgade 1
Town: Aarhus C
NUTS code: DK Danmark
Postal code: 8000
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Kathrine Lynggaard
E-mail: kly@au.dk
Telephone: +45 93509037
Internet address(es):
Main address: https://www.au.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:

NCounter Sprint Profiler

Reference number: 2021-0248986
II.1.2) Main CPV code
38000000 Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses)
II.1.3) Type of contract
II.1.4) Short description:

The Department of Clinical Medicine, Aarhus University wishes to purchase the nCounter® SPRINT profiler. The profiler will be used to identify molecular biomarkers (non-coding RNAs, mRNA, protein) in preclinical and clinical samples in a relatively unbiased setting (~840 targets in one run). In particularly, we are interested in using the profiler for measurements of non-coding RNAs in formalin fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) human brain tissue.

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: 99 660.00 EUR
II.2) Description
II.2.2) Additional CPV code(s)
33000000 Medical equipments, pharmaceuticals and personal care products
II.2.3) Place of performance
NUTS code: DK Danmark
NUTS code: DK04 Midtjylland
II.2.4) Description of the procurement:

FFPE tissue is major biological source in clinical research. However, an relatively unbiased profiling of FFPE tissue has been reported challenging, due to macromolecular fragmentation and nucleic acid crosslinking. Therefore, it is important to select an appropiate platform. Previously, three independent platforms (next generation sequencing, microarray and NanoString) for profiling of microRNAs (miRNAs) using clinical FFPE samples from hepatoblastoma (HB) patients have been investigated. The number of detected miRNAs ranged from 228 to 345 (median=294) using the next generation sequencing platform, whereas 79 to 125 (median=112) miRNAs were identified using microarrays in three HB samples, including technical replicates, and NanoString identified 299 to 372 miRNAs in two samples (Scientific Reports, 2015). Recently, that was followed by a study reporting that the Nanostring technique using the nCounter SPRINT profiler was more accurate and sensitive for miRNA and circRNA detections than NGS (Lab Invest. 2018; 98(12): 1657-69). We have conducted our first experiment with 300 FFPE human brains and demonstrated the superiority of this technique. To further elaborate on these results future studies will include FFPE human brain, human saliva and blood samples, and human brain organoids. Preclinically rodent tissue and blood will also be included in the biomarker analysis.

To obtain significant results the instrument shall fulfill the following requirements:

— allow measurement of up to 840 target in a single sample (NanoString’s patented molecular barcodes provide a true digital detection technology capable of highly multiplexed analysis),

— provide highly reproducible data over 5 logs of dynamic range and do not require any amplification steps that might introduce bias to the results (nCounter’s digital counting capability ensures that),

— be highly tolerant of difficult sample types such as FFPE and crude-cell lysates (The nCounter chemistry ensures that),

— run up to 12 samples in a single run,

— perform digital counting to obtain a precise and sensitive quantification,

— the following applications should be supported,

• DNA, RNA and protein panels;

• Gene expression (mRNA);

• MicroRNA;

• DNA copy number variation;

• Lon non-coding RNA;

• DNA enriched by chromatin-immunoprecipitation (ChIP-String).

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 combination of requirements described above are fulfilled exclusively by one supplier. The possibility that there are other potential suppliers who could deliver the same has been objectively excluded by market consultations.

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: Nanistring Technologies
Town: Silicon Valley
NUTS code: US United States
Country: United States
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: 99 660.00 EUR
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: Klagenævnet for udbud
Postal address: Toldboden 2
Town: Viborg
Postal code: 8800
Country: Denmark
E-mail: klfu@naevneneshus.dk
Telephone: +45 72405708
Internet address: https://erhvervsstyrelsen.dk/klagenaevnet-for-udbud
VI.4.3) Review procedure
Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Please contact Aarhus University, if you have a comment about this notice — udbud@au.dk

Following the notification, a standstill period of 10 calendar days will be held in accordance to paragraph 3 of Act No 593 of 2 June 2016 on the Danish Act on the Complaints Board for public Procurement. This implies that the contracting authority cannot sign the Contract with the winning Tenderer before the standstill period has expired.

In case of complaints about tenders or decisions, e.g. award of contracts covered by Section II or III in the Danish Public Procurement Act must be submitted to the Complaints Board for Public Procurement (Klagenævnet for Udbud) within 45 calendar days from the day after the contractor published a notice in the Official Journal on the conclusion of a contract. At the latest concurrently with submission of an appeal to the Complaints Board for Public Procurement, the complainant must inform the Contracting Authority of the alleged infringement, and whether the appeal is to be referred to the board.

VI.4.4) Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
Official name: Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen
Postal address: Carl Jacobsens Vej 35
Town: Valby
Postal code: 2500
Country: Denmark
E-mail: kfst@kfst.dk
Telephone: +45 41715000
Internet address: www.kfst.dk
VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice:

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