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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Chicago
Sole Source #189MJH

Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase

First published Monday January 28, 2008
The University intends to award a contract for da Vinci surgical system, supplies, and services to Intuitive Surgical, Inc., Mountain View, CA for an estimated $2,895,000.
The da Vinci Surgical System is essential to the delivery of training of UIC College of Medicine surgical residents, UIMCC surgical attending physicians and international surgeons seeking robotic surgery certification. The University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago (UIMCC) Hospital Surgical Services Department currently has two (2) surgical robots that were purchased from the same vendor as a sole source in 2000 and again in late 2007. These robots are being used in the Hospital Surgery Department for minimally invasive surgeries on patients (human subjects). Also, Department of Surgery recently recruited the world's leading surgical physician in Robotic Assisted Surgery, the College of Medicine, Department of Surgery as they seek to become the United States training HUB for physicians.
Term of service and maintenance agreement: July 1, 2009 and ending June 30, 2013. The 1st year of maintenance, purchase date through June 30, 2009, is covered at no charge.
This purchase is only economically available from a single source because the compatibility of equipment, accessories, replacement parts, or service is a paramount consideration. Additionally, the surgical system is copyrighted and patented.
For additional information, contact:
Michael Hallahan
University of Illinois at Chicago
Purchasing Division (M/C 560)
809 S. Marshfield Avenue
Chicago, IL 60612-7203
Phone: (312) 996-2432
FAX: (312) 996-3135
Purchasing Website
Any vendor who believes it can meet all requirements of this sole economically feasible source contract must submit a detailed written statement demonstrating its qualifications and ability to perform as required, must also offer a price lower than that of the selected vendor, and must provide any other information to show how it can offset the cost advantage of the selected vendor. Any such challenge must be submitted in writing to Michael Hallahan by February 11, 2008. Late challenges will not be considered.

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