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New University-wide Contracted Supplier: Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., dba B&B Microscopes

We are pleased to announce a new University-wide Contracted Supplier – Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., doing business as B&B Microscopes. The company offers a wide array of microscopes and accessories for life science research, clinical and education applications including biological microscopes, clinical digital imaging, cameras, imaging software, illumination and accessories. They also provide repair and maintenance services.

Purchasing from Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., dba B&B Microscopes, provides a variety of benefits to the University and your department, including: 

  • Competitive pricing across the University.  
  • Free shipping and handling on standard Olympus products. Note: Large systems* will incur shipping and installation charges, and they will be provided on the quote.
  • Faster order processing for the goods and services required. 
  • Supporting a local business.
  • When making federal grant purchases subject to Uniform Guidance, a sole source form is not needed. More details included below. 

Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., dba B&B Microscopes, is the exclusive local dealer of Olympus microscopes You may be aware that Olympus Scientific Solutions, is now Evident, but their commitment to creating advanced life science and industrial solutions that help make the world safer and healthier is unchanged.

Important information for ordering from Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., dba B&B Microscopes:

  • Purchase, Pay & Travel in coordination with Internal Audit recently created a process called sole source on file which is intended to simplify ordering from a select group of University-wide contracted suppliers that do not have direct competitors and are not suitable for a competitive bidding process. Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc., dba B&B Microscopes is one of the suppliers that has a sole source on file. Because we already have this form on file for this supplier, this means that you do not need to submit a Directed or Sole Source Justification Form for your order including for federal grant purchases. Please note, however, that federal grant purchases over $250K will still require a cost analysis.
  • When placing orders in the PantherExpress System, “Hunt Optics & Imaging Inc.” should be selected for the supplier name.

For assistance building out your system specifications and accessories, please contact the Hunt Optics & Imaging/B&B Microscopes representative on this page. They will provide our negotiated Pitt discounts and if available, offer manufacturer promotions for enhanced discounts.

For additional questions, please contact Purchase, Pay & Travel Customer Service.