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Fournitures - 519170-2021

13/10/2021    S199

Denmark-Copenhagen: Checking and testing apparatus

2021/S 199-519170

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 Multiwell MEA system

II.1.2)Main CPV code
38500000 Checking and testing apparatus
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

NNF CBMR – Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic metabolic Research

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: 1 000 000.00 DKK
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DK01 Hovedstaden
Main site or place of performance:

NNF CBMR – Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic metabolic Research

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Maestro Pro MEA system allow non-invasive stimulation and continuous analyses of i.e. neurons, in high throughput formats and otherwise complex data are visualized real-time and readily analyzed for extraction. The system meets our need for an easy operable approach to functionally validate and characterize human stem-cell derived hypothalamic cultures and screening of large compound libraries on functional neurons. Service includes comprehensive repair on parts and repair labour.

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

To which purpose we will use the instrument:

We are studying neuronal stem cell derived human hypothalamic cultures and need a system to perform non-invasive investigations and functional characterization of the neurons. The cell model needs to be validated at several time points during the 50-day long differentiation protocol, to ensure optimal differentiation status and functional neurons. We need electrophysiology in a user-friendly high content screening format. It has to be possible to monitor the cells in 96-well format, as we, during the second phase of the project, will screen the cells for drug targets.

Which unique characteristics will be used:

We have identified the Maestro Pro system as a perfect match for our requirements. This system utilize cell culture plates with incorporated electrodes and offers a user-friendly electrophysiology approach for 6-, 24-, 48- and 96-well plates. Hardware-incorporated (769 simultaneously recorded low-noise) electrodes and environmental control enable stable short- or long-term recordings from or stimulation of selected or all electrodes. The instrument allow real-time data visualization and activity maps from individual/all electrodes. Complex neuronal data are easily analyzed and extracted as i.e. raster plots, compatible with microsoft excel and MATLAB, meeting our requirement of high content screening. An integrated humidity reservoir reduces evaporation and edge-effects.

Axion Maestro Z system is covered by the following patents: Axion European patent EP 3024920; EP 15806517.7. Axion US Patent US 9,290,75; US 9,279,801; US 9,329,168; US 8,639,329; US 9,684,008; and, Axion Japanese Patent 6,337,113.

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: Axion BioSystems
Postal address: 1819 Peachtree Road, Suite 350
Town: Atlanta
NUTS code: US United States
Postal code: GA 30309
Country: United States
Telephone: +1 4044772557
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: 1 000 000.00 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 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: