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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #456JMG
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Monday August 21, 2017
Awarded to:
Vendor: Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA
Amount: An estimated $600,000
An estimated start date of 8/30/2017 through 8/29/2020, 36 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 Monday August 14, 2017
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Monday, July 31, 2017
The University awarded a contract for Boston Keratoprosthesis Implant Artificial Cornea to Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary, Boston, MA, for an estimated $600,000.
The Boston Keratoprosthesis (K-PRO?), is an artificial cornea and is exclusive to Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. No other source manufactures or distributes them. The University surgeons have been utilizing these implants since 2006 with great success and confidence in the product, therefore, in order to provide continuum of care without interruption, long term sole source funding is required. A three (3) year funding term allows for long range planning and optimum operational functioning for surgeries and patient care. The vendor has not raised our prices in seven years and has no plans in 2017/2018. (Patent 5,183,185)
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:
Janielle Graham
809 S. Marshfield Ave.
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 413-2816
FAX: (312) 996-3135
State Purchasing Officer - Margaret van Dijk

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.

August 16, 2017
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Jenessa Conner
Phone:(217) 299-3957
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:
August 11, 2017
Register with:
Jenessa Conner
Phone:(217) 299-3957

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
  • 456JMGMassachusettsEyeEarInfirmary.pdf (436 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 456JMGPt2.pdf (42 KB)