To obtain documents, log on:
Not registered? Register me now

Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #617JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday February 19, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Mentor Worldwide LLC., Santa Barbara, CA
Amount: An estimated $735,000
An estimated start date of 12/12/2015 through 12/11/2018, 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 Monday November 30, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Thursday, November 12, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Tissue expanders and breast implants to Mentor Worldwide LLC., Santa Barbara, CA, for an estimated $735,000.
Purchase from Mentor Worldwide LLC.their U.S. patented tissue expanders (used for reconstructive surgeries) and breast implant products.

The Mentor Breast Implant (US Patent Number 7,867,061;8,419,507) has a proprietary textured surface. This type of feature is to combat the formation of scar tissue when a breast implant is implanted. A capsule of scar tissue can form around an implant after it is placed in the body. This is a natural reaction of the body to protect itself from the introduction of a foreign object. The formation of this scar capsule is referred to as capsular contracture. Capsular contracture that may result after breast augmentation surgery can result in hardening of the breasts, which may be painful and can require additional surgery. Textured implants can reduce the chance of capsular contracture. The textured surface of the Mentor breast implants (US Patent Number 7,867,061) can promote tissue adherence to the implant, decreasing the amount of scar tissue that grows. In addition, tissue adherence to an implant can help maintain proper implant positioning and prevent movement of the implant within the breast.

Mentor?s CPX4 Tissue Expander (US Patent Number 8,821,574) has a proprietary features such as the injection dome magnet is 48% stronger* and makes it easier to find the injection dome under the patient?s skin such. Another added feature is BufferZone, Self?Sealing Patch. The Mentor?s BufferZone Patch (Tissue Expander US Patent Number 8,821,574) surrounds the integral injection dome to protect at least 50% more of the expander surface area (than the injection dome alone) from accidental needle puncture to minimize and/or prevent device leakage and the need for additional surgery. In additon, to provide Tissue Expander (US Patent Number 8,821,574) with elasticity and integrity, the shells are made with successive cross-linked layers of silicone elastomer.

The Mentor´┐Ż CPX4 (US Patent Number 8,821,574) with Suture Tabs allows the surgeons the option to attach the device to surrounding tissue to enhance device stability. Surgeons can suture on any part of the tab surface or the suturing hole can be used for added benefit.
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.

December 2, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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:
November 27, 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.

Bulletin Navigation

To obtain documents, log on:
Sole Source Justification
  • 617JCMRevisedPart1.pdf (339 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 617JCMPart2.pdf (60 KB)