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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #383JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday July 9, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Sandhill Scientific, Highlands Ranch, CO
Amount: $131,600
Terms:  One-time transaction
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 Tuesday June 24, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Aaron M. Finder.
First published Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Purchase a FibroScan 502 Touch with M +XL+ Probe. to Sandhill Scientific, Highlands Ranch, CO, for $131,600.
Purchase the Sandhill Scientific FibroScan 502 Touch with M +XL+ Probe. This patented FibroScan device is used in the clinical management of patients with liver disease by assessing liver shear wave speed and equivalent stiffness at 50 Hz in a rapid, simple, non-invasive and totally painless way.The FibroScan is the only non invasive technology current approved by FDA to rule out, and/or rule in, and/or determine severity of chirrohis of the liver.

Currently, this technology can be applied to virtually all of the patients seen in liver clinic, obviating the need for invasive testing (liver biopsy) or imaging studies, avoiding unnecessary radiation and financial outlays for the patient and the institution.

The FibroScan device includes a senstive ultrasound sensor at the frequency of 2.5 MHz that has been designed to enhance a deeper signal penetration on patients with obesity. On April 16, 2013 the FDA gave 510(k) clearance for Echosens' FibroScan device to be marketed by Sandhill Scientifc. No other vendor has these specifications.
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.

June 25, 2014
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-035
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Keely Burton
Phone:(217) 558-5143
Fax:(217) 558-5407
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:
June 20, 2014
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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