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University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #618JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Friday February 19, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Cyberonics, Incorporated, Houston, TX
Amount: An estimated $900,000
An estimated start date of 12/15/2015 through 12/14/2018, 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 VNS Therapy System - NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis to Cyberonics, Incorporated, Houston, TX, for an estimated $900,000.
Purchase from Cyberonics their VNS Therapy System/NeuroCybernetic Prosthesis for the treatment of epilepsy.

Cyberonics VNS (Vagus Nerve Stimulation) Therapy (US Patent: 8,150,524; 8,641,646; 8,260,426) is solely prescribed by the physician as it is the only non-drug treatment option that offers a unique safety profile and mechanism of action. Approved for use in refractory epilepsy and in treatment-resistant depression, VNS Therapy delivers long-term benefits to patients who have not responded well to other treatment options. VNS is short for vagus nerve stimulation ? that is, stimulation of the vagus nerve responsible for relaying messages between the brain and certain parts of the body. The VNS Therapy generator is an implantable, programmable pulse generator that delivers a precise pattern of stimulation to the left vagus nerve. The minimally invasive procedure (US Patent: 8,150,524; 8,641,646; 8,260,426) is typically performed under general anesthesia by a surgeon. A small generator about the size of a watch is placed under the skin usually in the chest area. A thin, flexible wire connects the generator to the vagus nerve in the neck, which delivers periodic pulses directly to the brain to help prevent seizures where they start.
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.

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Sole Source Justification
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