Supplies - 388013-2020

18/08/2020    S159

Denmark-Copenhagen: Laboratory, optical and precision equipments (excl. glasses)

2020/S 159-388013

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 an Automated Liquid Handling System Based on the Hamilton Microlab STAR Line

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 proteomics research infrastructure (PRI) would like to purchase an automated liquid handling system based on the Hamilton Microlab STAR line.

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: 4 036 000.00 DKK
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DK01 Hovedstaden
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The proteomics research infrastructure (PRI) would like to purchase an automated liquid handling system based on the Hamilton Microlab STAR line for the purpose of streamlined, robust and high-throughput preparation of user samples.

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

An automatic liquid handling platform is required for the preparation of user samples in a high-throughput manner. The system needs to be equipped with an on-deck solid phase extraction (SPE) device, centrifuge, an eight-channel pipetting head with individually moving channels, a 96-channel pipetting head with liquid sensing and pressure detection of individual channels and a robotic arm to move between deck and side positions.

It further needs to integrate following devices: on-deck thermocyclers for 96 and 384 well plates, screw cap tube opener in 96 well format, Thermo Kingfisher device for magnetic bead based enrichment protocols, temperature controlled microplate shaker with a temperature range for incubation of microplate and deep-well plates at 4 ºC to 70 ºC, incubator shaker, 2D tube bottom barcode reader, and a 1D plate barcode reader.

The PRI has three mass spectrometers (MS), running in 24/7 mode from the first quartal of 2021 with an estimated increase to six MS systems in mid 2022. While MS analyses are highly streamlined, sample preparation is the clear bottleneck in the pipeline from sample submission to providing results. A robust and scalable automated sample preparation pipeline can solve this need.

The Hamilton Microlab STARline is the only system on the market, which meets the technical requirement for automating all of our sample preparation protocols. The system comes with an on-deck positive pressure module for desalting and buffer exchange purposes ([MPE]2). Its unique design allows direct loading of buffers and samples onto solid phase extraction plates using the 96-channel pipetting head. Compared to off-deck solutions this increases throughput as well as reduces buffer consumption given that all loading steps are carried out by the pipetting head, instead of a pump.

Furthermore, the Microlab STAR line is the only liquid handling system that can handle volumes from 1 to 1 000 l with a single 96-channel pipetting head that covers the complete volume range used in our protocols without the need of head exchange.

An additional unique feature of the STAR 96-channel head is its liquid level sensing and pressure detection capability on all channels. While liquid level sensing can detect empty wells, pressure sensing monitors effective pipetting and therefore detects cases in which samples are not correctly transferred, for instance due to excessive viscosity. In both cases the software flags the respective samples providing an efficient way of error control and a handle for manual intervention.

Total aspiration and dispense monitoring (TADM):







TADM for 96-channel Multi-Probe Head:






Anti droplet control (ADC):






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: Hamilton Nordic AB
Postal address: Kistagången 20B
Town: Kista
Postal code: SE-164 40
Country: Sweden
Telephone: +46 841027373
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: 4 036 000.00 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.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: