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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
SoleSource #680JCM
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday May 3, 2016
Awarded to:
Vendor: Boston Scientific Inc., Matlborough, MA
Amount: An estimated $1,875,000
An estimated start date of 5/1/2016 through 6/30/2018, 25 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 Tuesday April 12, 2016
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, March 29, 2016
The University awarded a contract for Watchman's Left atrial appendage device to Boston Scientific Inc., Matlborough, MA, for an estimated $1,875,000.
Purchase Boston Scientific's Watchman a left atrial appendage device which aids in a stroke risk reduction option for patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation who are seeking an alternative to long-term warfarin therapy.

The WATCHMAN Left Atrial Appendage Closure Device is a catheter-delivered heart implant designed to close the left atrial appendage (LAA). The WATCHMAN Device is permanently implanted at or slightly distal to the ostium (opening) of the LAA, which is believed to be the source of a majority of stroke-causing blood clots in people with non-valvular AF. By closing off the LAA to prevent the migration of blood clots from the LAA, the risk of stroke may be reduced and, over time, patients may be able to stop taking anticoagulants.

Based upon thorough knowledge of Cardiology research and FDA related status, we are confident that no other provider exists in the marketplace that can fulfill the specifications that the WATCHMAN can achieve.
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.

April 13, 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:
April 8, 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
  • 680JCMPart1.PDF (375 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 680JCMPart2.pdf (61 KB)