This is a combined synopsis/solicitation for commercial items prepared in accordance with the format in FAR Subpart 12.6, as supplemented with additional information included in this notice. This announcement constitutes the only solicitation; quotes are being requested and a written solicitation will not be issued. This is a Request for Quote (RFQ) and the solicitation number is 36C24E21Q0236. The government anticipates awarding a firm-fixed price contract resulting from this combined synopsis/solicitation. This solicitation is issued as a 100% set aside for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business concerns (To receive credit, an Offeror must be registered and verified in VetBiz.gov Vendor Information Pages (http://www.VetBiz.gov). This solicitation and incorporated provisions and clauses are those in effect through Federal Acquisition Circular 2005-89. It is the responsibility of the contractor to be familiar with the applicable clauses and provisions. The clauses may be accessed in full text at www.acquisition.gov.

STATEMENT OF NEED (SON)

CONTRACT DESCRIPTION AND REQUIREMENTS
The VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System has a requirement to purchase two (2) Ultra-Low Temperature freezers, two (2) plasma freezers, two (2) laboratory refrigerators and a cryostat that will be used for storage of samples collected for its research department. A firm-fixed price contract will be awarded for the purchase of Brand Name or Equal equipment in accordance with all terms, conditions, provisions, specifications and schedule of this solicitation herein. Quotes shall contain the Offeror s best terms for cost/price and technical capabilities of the required Thermo Fisher or equivalent equipment. The government reserves the right to award without discussions.

1.1 PRICING

The Offeror shall submit price quotes for the required brand name or equal equipment, to the specifications listed in Section 1.2 below. Please enclose the established price list and description of capabilities and product specifications for the required equipment. The Offeror shall submit a separate price sheet for equal items to include Manufacturer Name, Stock/Part #, Unit of Issue and Price. Items offered that are brand name or equal shall identify items as being on GSA schedule and reference the contract number for each item.
Note: The Offeror should include a description of any support services or warranty information in the technical quote.

1.2 REQUIRED PRODUCTS & SPECIFICATIONS

Two (2) Ultra-Low Temperature freezers, two (2) plasma freezers, two (2) laboratory refrigerators and a cryostat, brand name or equal, in support of research studies. The following equipment is needed:

ITEM INFORMATION
ITEM NUMBER
DESCRIPTION OF SUPPLIES/SERVICES
QUANTITY
UNIT
0001
Epredia Cryostar NX50 HD Low profile Cryostat with Carrier, including object cooling, height adjustment, low profile, blade carrier, 110-115 V, 60 Hz.

1.00
EA
0002
Thermo Scientific TSX series high performance Plasma Freezer, 5.1 cu ft, 1447 L., Plug type NEMA 5-20, 115 V, 60hz, chart recorder, with Defrost, Certifications/compliance: cUL, FDA.

2.00
EA
0003

Thermo Scientific TSX series high performance lab refrigerator, 5.1 cu ft, 1447 L., plug type NEMA 5-15, 115 V, 60 Hz, Door style double glass with automatic defrost

2.00
EA
0004
Thermo Scientific TSX ultra low freezer package with racks, boxes and LN2 back up, includes 700 box capacity, 14 sliding drawer racks, 350 2-inch boxes with 100 count cell dividers, and factory installed LN2 back up system, 115 V, 60 Hz

2.00
EA

1.3 PRODUCT CAPABILITIES & SALIENT CHARACTERISTICS OF EQUAL

Fisher Scientific: Cryostar NX50 HD Low Profile Cryostat (Cat # 957110L)
Cryostat machine for sectioning human tissue specimens. The following are required:

Sectioning thickness from 0.5 µm to 500 µm
Object cooling with a dynamic temperature control
Height adjustment
Cold disinfection

Fisher Thermo Scientific: TSX series high-performance plasma freezer for storage of plasma (Cat # TSX5030LA)
Freezers for storage of patient s plasma. The following are required:

Meets FDA requirements for FDA storage of patient s plasma.
Temperature range of between -35 and -15 C
A capacity of about 45-55 cu ft (or about 1450 Liters)
Electrical compatibility with 115 V and 60 Hz
Fisher Thermo Scientific: TSX series high-performance lab refrigerator with double glass door for storage of specimen (Cat # TSX5005GA)
Laboratory refrigerators for safe storage of medical and laboratory products (including reagents and patient s specimen). The following are required:

Double glass doors for easy visibility of interior storage area
Temperature range of between 2 and 8 C with set temperature of approximately 4 degrees Celsius
A capacity of about 45-55 cu ft (or metric 1450 Liters)
Electrical compatibility with 115 V and 60 Hz

Fisher Thermo Scientific: TSX ultra-low freezer package with racks, boxes and Liquid Nitrogen back-up for storage of specimen (Cat # 09313875)
Freezers for long-term storage of patient s specimen at very low temperatures. The following are required:

Upright freezer with a package that includes sufficient racks and boxes that are compatible with the freezer s shelf size
Temperature range of between -50 and -86 C
A capacity of about 30-35 cu ft (or metric 1450 Liters)
Electrical compatibility with 115 V and 60 Hz

The product capabilities and salient characteristics identified above by a brand name or equal” description are intended to be descriptive, not restrictive, and to indicate the quality and characteristics of the product that will be satisfactory. Quotes offering “equal” products (including products of the brand name manufacturer other than the one described by the brand name) will be considered if such product is clearly identified in the quote and is determined by the VA to meet fully the salient characteristics on above products. If offering an equivalent product, the brand name of the equivalent product shall be clearly identified in the quote. Unless visibly identified as an equivalent product, offered items shall be considered as the brand name product referenced in this announcement.

The evaluation of quotes and the determination as to the equality of the products shall be the responsibility of the Government and shall be based on information provided by the Offeror. The Government is not responsible for locating or securing any information not provided in the quotation by the Offeror. To ensure that sufficient information is available, the Offeror must furnish, as a part of the quote, all descriptive material necessary for the purchasing activity to determine whether the products meet the salient characteristics of this requirement. Vendors proposing to modify a product to make it conform to the requirements of this announcement shall include a clear description of the proposed modification and clearly mark any descriptive material to show the proposed modification. Offers that do not have descriptive material will not be considered for award.

Instructions to the Offeror

Basis for award resulting from this RFQ will made to the Best Value Offer that provides a complete package pursuant to the preparation requirements set forth in 52.212-1. FAR 52.212-2 (Evaluation – Commercial Items) will be incorporated in full text into the RFQ and will be evaluated on the following factors. Evaluations will be in accordance with FAR 13 Simplified procedures.

Evaluation Factors for Award:

Factor 1 – Technical Capabilities
All offerors must meet or exceed all requirements and salient features as listed in the Statement of Need.
Factor 2 – Past Performance – Past Performance will be based on the most current PPIPRS
Report.
Factor 3 – Price

The following FAR provision and clauses apply to this solicitation and are incorporated by reference. The solicitation document, incorporated provision and clauses are those in effect through the Federal Acquisition Circular (FAC) 2005-89, Effective July 2, 2015. It is the responsibility of the contractor to be familiar with the applicable clauses and provisions. The clauses may be accessed in full text at www.acquistion.gov. This contract incorporates one or more clauses by reference, with the same force and effect as if they were given in full text. Upon request, the Contracting Officer will make their full text available.

FAR 52.212-1 Instructions to Offerors Commercial
FAR 52.212-2 Evaluation- Commercial Items
FAR 52.212-3 Offeror Representations and Certifications
FAR 52.212-4 Contract Terms and Conditions
FAR 52.212-5 Contract Terms and Conditions Required To Implement Statutes Or Executive Orders Commercial Item
FAR 52.219-6 Notice of Total Small Business Set-Aside (Nov 2011)
FAR 52.219-8 Utilization of Small Business Concerns (Oct 2014)
FAR 52.233-3 Protest After Award (Aug 1996)
FAR 52.211-6 Brand Name or Equal
FAR 52.233-2 Service of Protest

Quotes shall be submitted via email to millicent.covert@va.gov and Offerors must reference Solicitation 36C24E21Q0236 in the subject line of the email. No telephone request for information will be considered. Incomplete packages will be considered nonresponsive. All offers must be received by the closing date Monday, September 20, 2021, NLT 11:59 AM EST.