Supplies - 117198-2019

13/03/2019    S51    Supplies - Voluntary ex ante transparency notice - Negotiated procedure without a call for competition 

Denmark-Copenhagen: Fluorescent microscopes

2019/S 051-117198

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
Postal code: 1017
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Natasja Lindskov Oxlund

Internet address(es):

Main address:

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

Acquisition of a C-Trap™ Fluorescent Microscope

II.1.2)Main CPV code
38515200 Fluorescent microscopes
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The C-trap provides the user with the unique ability to hold and manipulate objects (in our case isolated DNA molecules or whole human chromosomes) whilst simultaneously imaging at high resolution not only the object, but also any other molecules added to the system (such a proteins).

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: 4 000 000.00 EUR
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

C-Trap™ is the first and currently only truly correlative tweezers-fluorescence system combining 3 core technologies: multi-trap continuous-wave optical tweezers, multi-color widefield (and Interference Reflection Microscopy) microscopy and multi-channel laminar flow micro-fluidics.

The C-trap provides the user with the unique ability to hold and manipulate objects (in our case isolated DNA molecules or whole human chromosomes) whilst simultaneously imaging at high resolution not only the object, but also any other molecules added to the system (such a proteins). We intend to use the system for 2 applications:

(i) single molecule biochemistry using fluorescently labeled proteins and purified DNA molecules. These proteins typically will be DNA repair proteins that move along DNA, which we will image in real-time;

(ii) manipulation of whole chromosomes to measure their mechanical properties (and how this changes in human diseases) and to reproduce biological processes under controlled conditions using purified proteins — such as being able to separate metaphase chromosomes into their 2 constituent sister chromatids.

The Center for Chromosome Stability (CCS) is based in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, Panum Institute, University of Copenhagen.

The mission of the CCS is to conduct basic research in order to understand in mechanistic detail how cells minimize DNA damage that can generate chromosomal instability

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.1.1)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:
    • protection of exclusive rights, including intellectual property rights

It is unique in its ability to simultaneously, correlatively and in real-time:

— manipulate (e.g.: stretch, move, bend) single molecules – such as DNA – with step sizes of less than 0,2 nm,

— use traps with an exceptionally high escape force (> 1 000 pN) and stiffness (up to 1,5 pN/nm), enabling effectively suppressing thermal fluctuations,

— measure the force on and length change of the molecule with an unparalleled resolution of < 0,1 pN and < 0,3 nm at 100 Hz, respectively, while bolstering best-in-class force stability (< 0,3 pN drift over 2 minutes),

— image interactions of multiple differently labeled proteins on the molecule with single photon sensitivity (widefield) or label free microtubule or chromosome detection with Interference Reflection Microscopy. This is combined with a unique combination of ultra-stable multi-channel micro-fluidics system with automated pressure-driven laminar flow and intuitive software, that enables an extremely constant flow-rate necessary for performing high-resolution single-molecule force-fluorescence measurements and greatly enhanced throughput.

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
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure

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: Lumicks BV
Postal address: De Boelelaan 1081
Town: HV Amsterdam
Postal code: 1081
Country: Netherlands
Telephone: +31 205987984
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: 4 000 000.00 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 Appeals Board
Postal address: Nævnenes Hus, Toldboden 2
Town: Viborg
Postal code: 8800
Country: Denmark
Telephone: +45 72405600

Internet address:

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: