University of Illinois at Chicago
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
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 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 â 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:
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
401 S. Spring Street
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.
James R. Thompson Center
100 West Randolph
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.
November 7, 2014
The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire
qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.