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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #578IDM

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Tuesday February 16, 2021

Livanova USA, IncorporatedHouston, TX

  • Amount: An estimated $1,500,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 2/16/2021 through 6/30/2026
  • Renewals: None



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0 BEP vendors
0 VBP vendors
0 Small businesses

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

First published Tuesday, February 16, 2021
The University awarded a contract for VNS therapy supplies and implants.
Livanova provides medical implants and ancillaries, such as leads and generators. These supplies and implants are used in valgus nerve stimulation therapy (VNS). Valgus nerve stimulation is a medical treatment that involves delivering electrical impulses to the valgus nerve. It is used as an add-on treatment for certain types of intractable epilepsy and treatment-resistant depression.
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)) Livanova implants have to do with direct patient care. Without access to these specific supplies, the Hospital would not be able to offer Valgus nerve stimulation therapy procedures 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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