Federal contract opportunity RFI_MarketResearch for analytical laboratory instrument manufacturing at Air Force Materiel Command AFMC - Air Force Material Command Headquarters, response was due Jul 20, 2010.

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This is a Request For Information to determine if the type of item or service is customarily available in the commercial market place.

Purpose:  Market Research to determine if the type of item or service is customarily available in the commercial marketplace. 

Full automation of all phases of molecular diagnostics testing from sample preparation, amplification and detection to reporting results. Instrumentation should have a highly sensitive, high through-put, walk-away capability and offer zero specimen preparation time.


1. Sample preparation must include direct tube sampling with no sample manipulation/ preparation. This includes no removal of container caps, no off board incubation, no removal of specimen swabs, and no manipulation of urine samples prior to testing on instrument.

2. Instrument must have liquid level sensing to confirm adequate sample and reagent levels, must be able to process urine and swab specimens simultaneously and must be one integrated system.

3. Results must be automatically linked to reagent lot numbers. Positive specimen results must be sorted and identified for follow up. Results must be sent automatically to the lab information system, Composite Health Care System (CHCS).

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