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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #471JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Thursday April 16, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: BKIN Technologies, Ontario, Canada
Amount: An estimated $88,185
Terms:  One-time transaction
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 March 25, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, March 10, 2015
The University awarded a contract for KINARM end-point robot for psychophysical use to BKIN Technologies, Ontario, Canada, for an estimated $88,185.
Purchase from BKIN Technologies their KINARM end-point robot for performing psychophysical experiments.The KINARM is the first robotic system for measuring sensitivity and precision the effects of brain injury on an individual's ability to perform ordinary movements and tasks. The KINARM is used to examine a wide range of brain injuries from stroke and concussion to identification of deficits following cardiac arrest. Dr. Berniker's research will not result in grant funding if the utilization of this robotic system is denied.

Although there are other manufacturers of robotic devices on the market, only BKIN's KINARM offers a device with greater force output, superior visual displays, haptic renderings of interactive environments with a high degree of performance and safety.As mentioned (section 1) the ability to generate relatively large forces is necessary to examine how subjects learn. For obvious reasons these forces must be safely generated. To correctly learn these forces, subjects must "see" and "feel" what they interact with. Therefore an accurate haptic interface and visual display is also required.

If a competitive offer were necessary only BKIN Technologies would be able to respond as continual research is solely dependent upon the use of BKIN's robotic system. Only their specifications can fulfill the research needs.
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.

March 25, 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:
March 20, 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
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