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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #158JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award InfoPublished Monday June 3, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: TEI Bioscience Inc, Boston, MA
Amount: An estimated $900,000
An estimated start date of 2/22/2013 through 2/21/2016, 36 months
The term longevity has resulted in a significant higher discount then applicable to an annual or shorter term duration. Consequently, it is cost effective to approve a three year term agreement.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Friday February 15, 2013
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The University awarded a contract for SurgiMend & PriMatrix products for Ortho surgery. to TEI Bioscience Inc, Boston, MA, for an estimated $900,000.
SurgiMend is a soft tissue repair and reconstruction application. SurgiMend is strong, yet soft and supple when rehydrated, SurgiMend handles like natural tissue; it readily conforms to the surgical site, and is easily sutured. The product's biochemistry and microporosity facilitate rapid cell penetration and revascularization. TEI Biosciences manufactures SurgiMend using a patented process designed to remove cellular components and potentially infectious agents from the raw material, while preserving the biological properties and structure of native collagen.

PriMatrix is a dermal wound management for patients requiring management of skin ulcers, second-degree burns, surgical wounds, and trauma wounds. It is versatile due to its availability of sizes as large as 20 x 25 cm. PriMatrix is similar SurgiMend, contains the same characteristics due to the product's biochemistry, and microporosity assures rapid cell penetration and revascularization. PriMatrix and SurgiMend act as a scaffold that can be naturally and progressively integrated, remodeled, and eventually replaced by functional host tissue.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the item or service is copyrighted or patented and is not available except from the holder of the copyright or patent.

For additional information, contact:
John Meehan
University of Ilinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 413-5961
FAX: (312) 996-2055
State Purchasing Officer - Shirley Webb

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

February 13, 2013
2:00 PM
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
February 8, 2013
Register with:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 158JCMSSJ.pdf (204 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 158JCMpart2.pdf (25 KB)