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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #443JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday December 2, 2014
Awarded to:
Vendor: Second Sight Inc., Sylmar, CA
Amount: An estimated $750,000
An estimated start date of 11/24/2014 through 11/23/2015, 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 November 13, 2014
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, October 27, 2014
The University awarded a contract for Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Implant System to Second Sight Inc., Sylmar, CA, for an estimated $750,000.
Purchase from Second Sight Inc. their Argus II Retinal Prosthesis Implant System and ancillaries.The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System consists of two primary elements – a retinal implant and an external system consisting of an eyeglass-mounted camera in combination with a small video processor, and antenna. The camera records real-time images, which are processed and sent wirelessly to the implant by a built-in video processor. The implant then uses 60 electrodes to stimulate the patient's remaining healthy retinal cells and send visual information to the optic nerve, thus restoring the ability to discern light, movement, and shapes. In some cases, the Argus II can restore sufficient vision to allow blind users to read large print books.

The U.S. patents are evidence of this System unique features that include a visual prosthesis including a visor with an embedded camera and an optical filter to limit light entering the lens of the camera. This invention will allow modification of the color of the light sent to the camera of the visual prosthesis to respond to different environments.
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.

November 12, 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:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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:
November 7, 2014
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
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
  • 443JCMPart1.pdf (124 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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