This posting is a Request for Proposals for a Project Manager to Organize and Oversee a Feasibility & Sustainability Study for a Bioreactor Facility in the St. Louis Region
Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. CDT on April 30, 2021
BioSTL seeks an entity or sole-proprietor individual (“Project Manager”) to assist BioSTL and the regional innovation ecosystem in facilitating a comprehensive feasibility study related to a possible pilot-scale bioreactor innovation and production center (“Pilot Plant”) in Greater St. Louis Region. The study will evaluate filling a need for facilities that help enhance the St. Louis region’s bio-manufacturing capacity to mature product candidates from lab bench to market scale and, in some cases, commercial production. The major outcome of this work will be a feasibility study, financial sustainability analysis, and recommendations to inform BioSTL and its partners’ decisions on the demand for such facilities across the Greater St. Louis region with intent to move forward to developing design and engineering plans if the concept is found viable. Among the core functions of the Project Manager is the oversight of a formal RFP process that is compliant with standards outlined by the Economic Development Administration (“EDA”) to secure a subject matter expert – individual or entity - to conduct the study, along with serving as the main internal contact during the approved engagement. The results of the study, conducted in partnership with the subject matter expert, will determine future phases of this work.
In consultation with BioSTL leadership and staff, the Project Manager will establish and execute project deliverables including timelines, procurement of consulting services and project-relevant resources, and success metrics. The Project Manager will also recruit and establish an advisory board of key community industry leaders and experts to guide and inform the feasibility study. The role of the advisory group would include but not be limited to understanding the capabilities and gaps of other similar facilities in North America, training needs that could be met by the facility alone or in conjunction with regional educators, and complimentary regional assets.
BioSTL expects to retain the Project Manager for up to a 6-month period. Based on proposal approvals, the Project Manager will be compensated on either an hourly basis or a fixed project rate. Please refer to Section IV for more details.
Since 2001, BioSTL has laid the foundation the innovation economy in St. Louis with a comprehensive set of transformational programs that advance the region’s leadership in solving important world challenges in agriculture, medicine, health care, and other technology areas. BioSTL has introduced nationally acclaimed initiatives in startup creation and investment via its investment arm, the BioGenerator, strategic business attraction via its GlobalSTL initiative, physical environment including the Cortex Innovation District and BioGenerator Labs, entrepreneur support including its Fundamentals program, seed and venture capital, a diverse and inclusive workforce, and public policy.
BioSTL recently won a $2.96 million competitive grant from the Economic Development Administration (EDA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, entitled the Center for National Pandemic Resiliency through Bioscience (“CPR”). The launch of this new center in St. Louis, with nearly $750,000 in matching funds from BioSTL, will position the region as a laboratory for innovation designed to help U.S. communities prevent, cure and recover from outbreaks of infectious disease and other health-related crises. The Center’s overall objectives are accelerating and piloting innovations that promote future pandemic response and recovery, while creating new economic opportunity, diversifying the local economy, and advancing health and economic equity. Specifically, the CPR has four pillars of activity, which will ultimately help establish St. Louis as a preferred destination for commercializing and piloting innovations in the field: 1) commercialization; 2) attracting global innovation; 3) workforce development; and 4) physical infrastructure
The Pilot Plant is a key aspect of the physical infrastructure pillar. The Pilot Plant was conceived to build regional capacity to commercialize technology and attract and scale companies in St. Louis. The feasibility study will help inform BioSTL and its partners - including the Cortex Innovation District, 39 North, and St. Louis Economic Development Partnership - on the future of the Pilot Plant and the region’s infrastructure needs in the field.
Specifically, the Project Manager will provide the following services or other similar services during the initial 6-month period to produce the feasibility and sustainability study:
Establish project procedures, including timelines and deliverables, procurement of consulting services and project-relevant resources, and external stakeholder engagement. This would include developing success frameworks, coordinating across multiple internal and external teams in the development of project deliverables that will enable successful completion of feasibility study, and financial proforma.
Oversee the process of conducting a comprehensive feasibility study to assess the demand for, potential scoping for, financial opportunity for and financial sustainability of a potential Pilot Plant with specific focus on economic, market, technical, financial, and management implications along with recommendations for implementation. The Project Manager will be responsible for organizing and conducting a formal RFP process, that is compliant with EDA standards, and then serve as the main internal contact for the subject matter expert, who will conduct all relevant research and produce the formal study.
Lead efforts to recruit and establish an advisory board of key community industry leaders and experts to guide and inform the feasibility study. The Project Manager will help establish the formal engagement process and standard operating procedures of the advisory board, including scheduling and staffing meetings and serving as the official liaison for BioSTL.
We anticipate most of this work being conducted virtually as scheduled by Project Manager. As necessary, the Project Manager may be able to access facilities and resources within the BioSTL Building.
Applicants must provide separate technical and cost proposals.
Technical Proposal: Technical proposals must include the following information in the order specified.
A detailed description of Project Manager’s approach to providing the requested services in Section III. If an entity with multiple staff assigned to the project, please include the names of each anticipated staff member and the estimated number of hours required of each. For individuals, please include the estimated number of hours required for each.
A Qualifications Narrative describing the assigned staff’s relevant expertise and experience that demonstrates their ability to advise BioSTL and execute the tasks outlined in Section III.
Three examples of the assigned staff’s experience within the past five years of executing related projects. Such examples must include a detailed description of the project’s objectives and results, and a reference for each including a telephone number and e-mail address.
Cost Proposal: Project Manager must supply a specific, discrete estimation of the total cost of the project – either as a fixed fee or a summation of hourly fees. With an hourly option, please provide the breakdown of hours for each staff member provided in the Project Manager’s technical proposal, identify each member’s hourly rates and the total cost for the initial term, and indicate whether staff are employees or contractors. Additionally, identify each anticipated staff member’s hourly rate during potential renewal terms.
Responses to this Request for Proposals (RFP) will be evaluated using the following criteria with the associated weight.
Quality of Project Manager’s approach to perform the tasks described in Section II (35%)
Qualifications of Project Manager and any applicable assigned staff to perform the tasks described in Section III. (25%)
Quality and relevance of the examples. (20%)
Cost Proposal – reasonableness of the cost. (20%)
Technical and cost proposals are due no later than April 30, 2021 at 5:00 pm CDT by e-mail to Justin Raymundo to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “CPR Grad Space Project Management RFP.” Please direct questions and confidential inquiries must be submitted in writing to Justin Raymundo at the address above. BioSTL may request applicants with the top scores to meet with BioSTL management via video conferencing. If so, BioSTL will notify the selected applicants of the time and date. Furthermore, BioSTL reserves the right, at its sole and absolute discretion, to amend or modify any provision of this RFP, or to withdraw this RFP at any time prior to contract award. BioSTL shall not be bound by or liable under this RFP and/or any response thereto until a final written contract has been executed by BioSTL and the grantee incorporating the terms and conditions of the award.
COMMITMENT TO INCLUSION & EQUITY
BioSTL is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable ecosystem. We encourage submissions from diverse vendors who will bring diverse perspectives to this work including certified MBEs, WBEs, LGBT-owned businesses, VOBs, and SDVOBs.