This is a Small Business Sources Sought notice. This is NOT a solicitation for proposals, proposal abstracts, or quotations. The purpose of this notice is to obtain information regarding: (1) the availability and capability of qualified small business sources; (2) whether they are small businesses; HUBZone small businesses; service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses; 8(a) small businesses; veteran-owned small businesses; woman-owned small businesses; or small disadvantaged businesses; and (3) their size classification relative to the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code for the proposed acquisition. Your responses to the information requested will assist the Government in determining the appropriate acquisition method, including whether a set-aside is possible. An organization that is not considered a small business under the applicable NAICS code should not submit a response to this notice.

This notice is issued to help determine the availability of qualified companies technically capable of meeting the Government requirement and to determine the method of acquisition.  It is not to be construed as a commitment by the Government to issue a solicitation or ultimately award a contract.  Responses will not be considered as proposals or quotes.  No award will be made as a result of this notice.  The Government will NOT be responsible for any costs incurred by the respondents to this notice.  This notice is strictly for research and information purposes only.

Background Information and Objectives:  The National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging, Center of Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias works to understand the pathological basis of neurodegenerative diseases mainly Alzheimer’s Disease. The purpose of this acquisition is to provide a DNA analyzer for analysis of DNA changes associated with Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative disease disorders. A DNA analyzer is a powerful, standard genetic analysis device that provides microsatellite-based fragment analysis, de novo sequencing, resequencing, and single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) genotyping analysis.

Project requirements:

Vendor must be able to provide these specifications:

GEN ALYZR – Refresh Crate

A software bundle consisting of Windows 10 and Windows 7 compatible versions

of all CE secondary analysis software (Sequencing Analysis Software 7,

SeqScape 4, Variant Reporter 3, GeneMapper 6 

3730 BDT V3.1 SEQ/FRAG INSTALL KIT

96WELL SEPTA PLATE KIT 3730 EACH

3730XL 96X36CM CAP ARRAY INSTL KIT

HI-DI FORMAMIDE BOTTLE  25 ML

3730 BUFFER (10X) W/EDTA  500ML EACH

POP7-3730/3730XL DNA ANALYZERS SIN

SW, GENEMAPPER V6B 5 CLIENT LIC COMBO KIT

Anticipated delivery: 6 months after receipt of order (ARO)

Delivery Location:

Bethesda, MD

Capability statement /information sought. Small business concerns that believe they possess the ability to provide the requirement should submit documentation of their ability to meet each of the project requirements to the Contracting Officer. The response should directly and specifically state in the, capabilities statement, which project requirements you can supply. Small businesses must also provide their Company Name, DUNS Number, Physical Address, Point of Contact, and Size and Type of Business (e.g., 8(a), HubZone, etc.) pursuant to the applicable NAICS code and any other information that may be helpful in developing or finalizing the acquisition requirements.

One (1) copy of the response is required and must be in Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF format using 11-point or 12-point font, 8-1/2” x 11” paper size, with 1” top, bottom, left and right margins, and with single or double spacing.

The information submitted must be in an outline format that addresses each of the elements of the project requirement and in the capability statement /information sought paragraphs stated herein.  A cover page and an executive summary may be included but is not required.

The response is limited to ten (10) page limit.  The 10-page limit does not include the cover page, executive summary, or references, if requested.

The response must include the respondents’ technical and administrative points of contact, including names, titles, addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail addresses and reference the Sources Sought notice number.

All capability statements sent in response to this Small Business Sources Sought Notice must be submitted to Fred Ettehadieh, Contracting Officer, by email at fred.ettehadieh@nih.gov on or before the specified due date and time of this announcement in order to be considered. Facsimile responses are NOT accepted.

Disclaimer and Important Notes:  This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed to allow the Government to determine the organization’s qualifications to perform the work.

Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. After a review of the responses received, a presolicitation synopsis and solicitation may be published in Federal Business Opportunities. However, responses to this notice will not be

considered adequate responses to a solicitation.

Confidentiality: No proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).