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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #564IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Thursday March 18, 2021

Intuitive Surgical, IncorporatedSunnyvale, CA

  • Amount: An estimated $17,500,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 3/12/2021 through 3/11/2026
  • Renewals: None



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0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

Approved at the March 11, 2021 Board of Trustees meeting.

The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.

First published Thursday, March 18, 2021
The University awarded a contract for robotic surgery equipment and supplies.
Intuitive offers medical equipment and supplies used during minimally invasive robotic surgery, a procedure performed through tiny incisions. The robotic system is used in conjunction with accessories and ancillaries such as fenestrated bipolar forceps, needle drivers, assembly forceps, drape kits cautery hook, and round-tip scissors. The surgical accessory may be decoupled from the robotic surgical tool inside the cavity. In some embodiments, the robotic surgical instrument is used to grasp the surgical accessory inside the patient's cavity. The surgical accessory is mated with the robotic surgical tool to form a mated connection during the surgical procedure. The surgical accessory may be coupled with the robotic surgical tool by introducing a second robotic surgical tool into the cavity and using it to facilitate the surgical accessory's coupling with the first surgical tool. The Intuitive robotic surgical instruments can treat tissue with heat produced by electrical energy while cutting, shearing, grasping, engaging, or contacting treatment tissue. The electrosurgical treatment may further reduce tissue bleeding by cauterizing tissue and coagulating blood or achieving various other desired effects on the treatment tissue. By providing electrosurgical cutting/shearing instruments for use with a robotic surgical system, the apparatus and methods of the present invention enable the advantages of electrosurgical cutting/shearing treatment to be combined with the benefits of minimally invasive robotic surgery.
This purchase is exempt from the usual selection processes of the Procurement Code because the procurement expenditure is for medical supplies or medical services necessary for the delivery of care and treatment at medical, dental, or veterinary teaching facilities utilized by SIU or U of I (30 ILCS 500 / 1-13(b-5)) The Intuitive da Vinci Surgical Robotic System has to do with direct patient care. Without the Intuitive da Vinci Surgical Robotic accessories and disposables, the Hospital could not offer robotic surgery or robotic-assisted surgery that would drive patients elsewhere and result in a loss of revenue to the Hospital.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Ian Masterton
University of Illinois at Chicago
UIC Purchasing Division
809 South Marshfield Ave., 3rd Floor (M/C 560)
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 996-2801
FAX: (312) 996-3135

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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