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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #421JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday November 3, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Advanced Bionics, LLC, Valencia, CA
Amount: An estimated $600,000
An estimated start date of 10/2/2014 through 10/1/2015, 12 months
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 Thursday October 2, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, September 9, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Advanced Bionics ear implant devices to Advanced Bionics, LLC, Valencia, CA, for an estimated $600,000.
Advanced Bionics provides the HiResolution™ Sound & Harmony ™ cochlear implant systems. Harmony recipients hear speech better in noise and everyday life situations than Cochlear Americas recipients. The patented features are:: The Advance Bionics hearing implant device offers a 16 independent current sources that facilitates current steering. Current steering is the process of using multiple current sources to stimulate two electrodes at the same time, so that recipients hear additional pitches; compared to single stimulation electrode. Each electrode has its own power supply resulting in the ability to stimulate multiple electrodes at the same time, which gives a faster stimulation rate for a cochlear implant, which gives the wearer hearing closer to a normal ear hearing as possible. Please refer to question 3 for additional features. (7,317,944; 7,206,640). Another unique feature is described as T-Mic System:Advanced Bionics patented microphone strategically placed at the opening of the ear canal taking advantage of the natural pinna effect. This provides recipients with a natural boost in loudness. The microphone placement allows recipients to hold the telephone in a normal position over the ear canal as well as the opportunity to use standard ear buds and headphones for listening to music, etc. (7,167,572)
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 - Aaron M. Finder

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.

September 24, 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:
September 19, 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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Sole Source Justification
  • 421JCMPart1.pdf (315 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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