Supplies - 118639-2020

11/03/2020    S50    Supplies - Voluntary ex ante transparency notice - Negotiated procedure without a call for competition 

Denmark-Copenhagen: Miscellaneous evaluation or testing instruments

2020/S 050-118639

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

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 GridION Mk1

II.1.2)Main CPV code
38900000 Miscellaneous evaluation or testing instruments
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

University of Copenhagen Department of Food Science and Fermentation is in need of third generation nucleic acids sequencing platform allowing sequencing of DNA and RNA without PCR or reverse-transcription steps during library preparation.

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: 674 000.00 DKK
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DK01 Hovedstaden
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

University of Copenhagen Department of Food Science and Fermentation is in need of third generation nucleic acids sequencing platform allowing sequencing of DNA and RNA without PCR or reverse-transcription steps during library preparation. The platform is essential to generate ultra-long reads necessary for recovering whole genomes and transcriptomes of bacteria, yeast and viruses. Generated data will at the same time allow to study DNA modifications. Oxford Nanopore Technologies (ONT) is currently the sole producer of nanopore based nucleic acids sequencing platforms.

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:
    • absence of competition for technical reasons

Oxford Nanopore’s sequencing platform is the only technology that offers real-time analysis (for rapid insights), in fully scalable formats from pocket to population scale, that can analyze native DNA or RNA and sequence any length of fragment to achieve short to ultra-long read lengths.

Oxford Nanopore has a broad patent portfolio, through in-house development and licensing agreements with third parties. Oxford Nanopore has an intellectual property portfolio of more than 650 issued patents and patent applications, in over 200 patent families. These cover all aspects of nanopore sensing including fundamental patents for nanopore sensing, and patents relating to DNA-sequencing.

List of patents:

The following themes are included in Oxford Nanopore's patent portfolio:

• DNA base identification using a biological nanopore;

• addition of adapters to nanopores for sensing;

• modified nanopores for sensing;

• use of molecular motors in combination with nanopores;

• localising polymerases to a surface, including pore-bound localisation;

• use of solid-state nanopores for detecting labelled ssDNA and dsDNA;

• use of solid-state devices to control movement of polymers;

• detection and positional measurement of probes on a DNA strand as the strand passes through a nanoscale detector;

• methods of fabricating solid-state nanopores including multi-layered devices;

• the use of functionalised solid-state nanopores for molecular characterisation, including graphene, tunnelling currents and nanotubes;

• time-based multiplexed nanopore measurements on a single chip, including the incorporation of 96 well plate;

• use of voltage to control DNA under feedback;

• measurement of DNA interacting with a limited volume, such as a polymerase on a surface;

• array chip for parallel sensing from multiple channels;

• sequencing by means of detection of products of enzymatic action on DNA/RNA using a nanopore;

• the use of multiple 'nodes' to analyse samples in a federated/clustered manner to reduce the time to result, and improve operating efficiencies;

• methods and algorithms for nanopore signal analysis;

• nanopore arrays/nanopore array structures;

• direct RNA sequencing;

• protein characterisation using nanopores;

• chip/array architecture;

• methods of sensitivity enhancement.

For our research it is critical to use PCR free, long-read nucleic acids sequencing technology. ONT is for the time being the sole provider of nanopore technology allowing ultra-long reads sequencing and is about 7 times cheaper regarding equipment cost compare to alternative solutions. It is at the same time one of the cheapest solution in terms of data generation on the market.

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: Oxford Nanopores Technologies
Postal address: Gosling Building Edmund Halley Road
Town: Oxford Science Park
Postal code: OX4 4DQ
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 8450347900

Internet address:

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: 674 000.00 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
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: