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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #469JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Wednesday April 22, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Boston Foundation for Sight, Boston, MA
Amount: An estimated $700,000
An estimated start date of 4/17/2015 through 4/16/2018, 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 Wednesday April 8, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Friday, March 20, 2015
The University awarded a contract for PROSE device from Boston Foundation for Sight to Boston Foundation for Sight, Boston, MA, for an estimated $700,000.
Prosthetic Replacement of the Ocular Surface Ecosystem (PROSE) is a cutom designed based upon patient specifications. The prosthetic device manafactured by the Boston Foundation for Sight for the PROSE treatment is the only device of its type that has received FDA approval.PROSE is a unique type of prosthetic scleral lens device. There is no alternative lens available.

The prosthetic devices that the Boston Foundation for Sight manufactures utilize U.S. patented (reference 8,087,777 and 7,591,556) spline technology to create devices that can be uniquely designed to fit each person's individual eye. The mathematical description of contours using spline functions that are integral to the foundations design to fit (DFT) CAD/CAM system allow prosthetic devices to be created of almost infitely variable shapes with smooth transitions between zones. No other company has this type of patented design technology or the nanoform ultra high accuracy lathes to createprosethic devices for the eye that can give a patient the degree of comfort or the precision of fit needed for the treatment to be highly successful.
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.

April 8, 2015
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 9-036
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:
April 3, 2015
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
  • 469JCMPart1.pdf (332 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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