Liver Tissue and Cell Distribution System (LTCDS)

Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
State: Federal
Level of Government: Federal
  • A - Research and development
Opps ID: NBD00159150207879504
Posted Date: Sep 28, 2017
Due Date:
Solicitation No: NIH-NIDDK-DDN-2017-5
Source: Members Only
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Contract Award Date :
September 22, 2017
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Contract Award Dollar Amount :
Contractor Awarded Name :
Regents of the University of Minnesota
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Contractor Awarded Address :
200 Oak Street SE, Suite 450
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455-2070
United States
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Added: Mar 09, 2017 12:01 pm Modified: Apr 03, 2017 5:40 pm Track Changes


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), on behalf of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), plans to solicit proposals, through full and open competition procedures, from qualified organizations having the capability to support the Liver Tissue and Cell Distribution System (LTCDS), in order to facilitate the procurement, processing and distribution of liver tissues and cells to NIH funded investigators throughout the United States.

The mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) is to conduct and support research on many of the most serious diseases affecting public health. The institute supports much of the clinical research on the diseases of internal medicine and related subspecialty fields, as well as many basic science disciplines. Among these diseases are end-stage liver diseases. To understand the pathophysiology of these diseases, it is essential to provide researchers with access to liver tissue and cells from a variety of end-stage liver diseases, as well as normal livers. These specimens would generally not be available to researchers who work outside a liver transplant center.

To support this need, NIDDK established the Liver Tissue Cell Distribution System (LTCDS) in 1986 to facilitate the procurement, processing and distribution of liver tissues and cells to investigators throughout the United States. The incumbent contractor is the University of Minnesota.

The LTCDS provides to the scientific community human liver tissue collected from regional centers (with active liver transplant programs and human subjects approval), supplying portions of the resected pathologic liver for which the transplant is performed. Frozen or fresh tissue is available from other organizations for the usual forms of childhood and adult cirrhosis, fulminate liver failure, chronic rejection, and certain inborn errors of metabolism. In addition LTCDS provides "normal" human liver tissue (primarily frozen), slides, and tissue blocks, and rarely other liver cell types in culture.

LTCDS is to serve as a resource for investigators to obtain human liver tissue for scientific investigation. This liver tissue system:

1. Collects portions of liver removed from liver transplant recipients at surgery.

2. Collects and provides normal liver tissue to investigators if the tissue from organ donations cannot be used for the recipient because of size, state of anoxia, etc. (a very rare event).

3. Develops and maintains the capacity to retrieve, preserve, and deliver available tissues in such condition as will be useful to investigators conducting biomedical research projects at institutions throughout the United States.

4. Provides normal human hepatocytes in culture.

On average, each year, this system provides about 750 shipments of liver tissue (tissue, blocks and slides) and 150 shipments of hepatocytes (equivalent to about 7x10^9 hepatocytes).

The NIDDK requires an organization to provide the infrastructure for procurement and distribution of liver tissues and cells from a variety of end-stage liver diseases and normal livers to scientific investigators. The requirement seeks to facilitate the distribution of discarded liver tissue to qualified investigators in order to stimulate research on liver diseases. Recipients of cells and tissue from diseased livers are primarily investigators whose projects have been vetted by the NIDDK grant process. Available supplies of isolated hepatocytes from normal liver currently dictate that these are provided only to investigators at the National Institutes of Health.

The scope of the program is comprised of procuring, isolating, purifying, preserving and distributing donor liver tissue, as well as reporting on this process. Donor tissue shall include whole or sectioned human liver tissue that is normal or shows pathology from a variety of liver diseases. This tissue shall be processed into liver tissue blocks (frozen, paraffin embedded), hepatocytes suitable for cellular and molecular studies, and other preparations.

To facilitate progress in liver research, to respond to the need of the investigators and to assess the evolution of the services, the contractor shall obtain periodic input from the scientific community regarding the provision of other liver specimens, particularly non-parenchyma cells.

A completion type cost-reimbursement contract using NAICS code 541712- Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering and Life Sciences (except Biotechnology), is contemplated. On behalf of NIDDK, NICHD intends to award a contract on or about September 28, 2017, consisting of a base period and four 12 month option years. This acquisition is a competitive renewal of HHSN276201200017C, titled "Liver Tissue and Cell Distribution Systems (LTCDS)."FAR Part 15 procedures will be used to compete the procurement through full and open competition.

RFP No. NIH-NIDDK-DDN-2017-5 is available electronically. You can access the RFP through FedBizOpps (URL: All information required for the submission of a proposal is contained in or accessible through the RFP package. Responses to the RFP will be due on or before Friday, May 5, 2017. NIDDK anticipates an award date on or around September 28, 2017. NIDDK will consider proposals submitted by any responsible offeror.

This announcement does not commit the Government to award a contract.

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Solicitation 1
Posted Date:
April 3, 2017
Description: Solicitation for LTCDS.
Amendment 1
Posted Date:
April 10, 2017
Description: Amendment 1- RFP Number: NIH-NIDDK-DDN-2017-5
Period of performance is being restructured to a Base and Five option periods.
Amendment 2
Posted Date:
April 27, 2017
Description: To provide responses to questions from potential offerors and to provide list of Government furnished property and Reps & Certs.
Contracting Office Address :
Contracts Management Branch
6710B Rockledge Dr., Suite 1124, MSC7000
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7510
United States
Place of Performance :

United States
Primary Point of Contact. :
Usha Raman,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-443-5228
Fax: 301-402-3676
Secondary Point of Contact :
Marlene T. Mireles,
Contracting Officer
Phone: 301-443-7795
Fax: 301-402-3676


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