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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Exemption #JJW1009

Announcement of an Exempt Purchase

Award Info Published Wednesday March 31, 2021

Inspire Medical Systems,Golden Valley, MN

  • Amount: An estimated $1,000,000
  • Terms: An estimated start date of 7/1/2021 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 Wednesday, March 31, 2021
The University awarded a contract for sleep apnea implants.
Inspire Medical Systems offers an implant similar to a pacemaker for the treatment of sleep apnea without a mask. The Inspire Medical System sleep apnea implant consists of a four-part system, remote, breathing sensor, stimulation lead, and pulse generator. A small device is placed just under the patients skin during a short outpatient procedure. It delivers gentle stimulation to key airway muscles during sleep, allowing the airway to remain open. The patient simply turns the implant on with the Inspire Sleep remote before bedtime and off when its wake up time.
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)) Inspire Medical Systems implants are used in direct patient care. Without access to the closure device the hospital would not be able to offer certain surgical procedures that require this type of item and care, which in turn would drive patients elsewhere and result in a loss in revenue to the hospital.

For instructions on how to obtain a comprehensive purchase description, disclosure or contract forms, contact:
Jeffrey Walsh
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 South Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 355-3568
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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