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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #660JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday March 22, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Flowonix, Mt. Olive, NJ
Amount: An estimated $1,500,000
An estimated start date of 3/23/2016 through 3/22/2019, 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 Thursday March 17, 2016
The hearing was cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
The State Purchasing Officer for this procurement is now Shirley Webb.
First published Tuesday, March 1, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Flowonix's Intrathecal Pump to Flowonix, Mt. Olive, NJ, for an estimated $1,500,000.
Flowonix's Prometra Intrathecal Pump is the only device available today for intrathecal morphine administration in patients with cancer-related and non-malignant chronic intractable pain that has unrestricted FDA labeling status.

The Prometra Pump? has a unique Precision Dosing System (PDS) that is designed to accurately and reliably deliver medicine minimizing the effect of reservoir volume or environmental factors including temperature and pressure. The PDS provides physicians with micro-dosing capabilities. With a 10+ year battery life, fewer pump replacement procedures may be required. The pump is anchored by incorporating a suture ring onto the pump, designed to provide a lower rate of suture complications and to prevent tissue ingrowth, which can complicate the process of pump replacement. To enhance the safety of refills, palpation of the port is improved by incorporating a 3mm raised ridge and wider opening ? 61% wider than previous pumps. The silicone in the septum is rated to withstand an average of 1,000 punctures of the refill septum. For safety, the catheter access port and needle are designed to be incompatible with the refill needle and port. The pump features a ?sutureless? connection with the redundant catheter lock that is able to resist over one pound of pull-out force. The Flexible Catheter Stem ensures the catheter remains connected to the pump. This is vital, as patients often bend and stress the connection. The flexible pump stem is designed to both be easier to initially connect during implant and to help prevent loss to the integrity of the connection post-operatively.
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 16, 2016
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:
March 11, 2016
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 720-7105
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
  • 660JCMPart1.pdf (411 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
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