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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #159JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Renewal Info
Published Thursday October 24, 2013
Renewal entered into with:
Vendor: Synapse Biomedical Inc.
Amount: An estimated $245,000
Renewal: 1st of 3, 11/1/2013 through 10/31/2014
Pricing Changes: 
Service/Product Changes: 
Sole Source Status: 
Yes, the Synapse NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System remains a sole source.
Potential Future Renewals: $490,000
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Tom Sestak.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
Award InfoPublished Friday February 8, 2013
Awarded to:
Vendor: Synapse Biomedical Inc., Oberlin, OH
Amount: An estimated $245,000
An estimated start date of 11/1/2012 through 10/31/2013, 12 months
3 twelve-month
Potential Future Renewals: $735,000
A long term relationship will provide negotiation leverage to achieve a greater discount.
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
This notice has been modified
Published Wednesday November 7, 2012
Since no one registered nor submitted written comments, the scheduled hearing for October 31,2012 was cancelled.
First published Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The University awarded a contract for NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System to Synapse Biomedical Inc., Oberlin, OH, for an estimated $245,000.
Purchase of the NeuRx Diaphragm Pacing System from Synapse Biomedical a device that assists in treating a neurodegenerative disorder, which affects the patient's diaphragm. A patient may need respiratory assistance as a result, of disease and injuries of various kinds. The need can be direct, especially when the injury or illness afflicts the patient's respiratory system.
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.

October 31, 2012
2:00 PM
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Jenny Shourd
Phone:(217) 524-7020
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:
October 27, 2012
Register with:
Jenny Shourd
Phone:(217) 524-7020

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
  • 159JCM.pdf (821 KB)
  • 159JCMrevisedSSJ.pdf (193 KB)
  • 159JCMSSJsigned.pdf (182 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 159JCMhearingPartII.pdf (60 KB)
  • 159JCMPartII.pdf (60 KB)