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Punching Tool


National Eye Institute / National Institute of Health


Announcement/Number:  EE20-004400

Post Date: August 04, 2020

Closing Response Date: August 14, 2020

Proposed Award Date: August 21, 2020

Project Title: Punching Tool

Contracting Office: National Eye Institute, Building 31, Room 6A52

Contact Point/Contracting Officer/Contract Specialist: Elaine Estrella,

North American Classification System (NAICS) Code (include): 339112

Classification Code:  Surgical and Medical Instrument Manufacturing


Offerors must quote on all items to be eligible for award. The Government will award a contract resulting from this solicitation to the responsible offeror whose offer conforming to the solicitation.



These punches are required to prepare the clinical dose of stem cell derived retinal pigment epithelium patch (dimension 2x4 mm with curved edges) for patients. Its used both for preclinical work and for the trial.



Customized single-use punching tool utilized to trephine the released drug product (monolayer of ~1.5 million RPE cells on a 12 mm PLGA scaffold device) to the prescribed size (4 x 1.9 mm) prior to uptake in the transplantation tool and subsequent surgery.

Punching tool will have the following:

  • Finger Slider
  • Bubble attached to the finger slide
  • Machined straight slot punch
  • Handle
  • ring with cross durometer
  • Sheath tube
  • Loctite medical adhesive
  • Peelable breathable pouch


PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE:  15 days after receipt of order.



National Eye Institute/NIH
10 Center Drive
Building 10, Room 10B04
Bethesda, MD 20892





Payment will be made 30 days after internal receiving in NIH system.


AWARD TYPE            

Firm Fixed



Requirement is sole sourced approved by the FDA to use in clinical trials.

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed contract acquisition based upon responses to the notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. Information received will normally be considered solely for the purpose of determining whether to conduct a competitive procurement. This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Any organization responding to this notice should ensure that its response is complete and sufficiently detailed. Information provided will be used to assess tradeoffs and alternatives available for the potential requirement and may lead to the development of a solicitation. Respondents are advised that the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted. Any solicitation resulting from the analysis of information obtained will be announced to the public in Federal Business Opportunities in accordance with the FAR Part 5. However, responses to this notice will not be considered adequate responses to a solicitation. No proprietary, classified, confidential, or

sensitive information should be included in your response. The Government reserves the right to use any nonproprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation(s).


Closing Statement: This notice is not a request for competitive proposals.  However, interested parties may identify their interest and capability to respond to this notice.  Responses to this notice shall contain sufficient information to establish the interested parties’ bona-fide capabilities for fulfilling the requirement and include: unit price, list price, shipping and handling costs, the delivery period after contract award, the prompt payment discount terms, the F.O.B. Point (Destination or Origin), the Dun & Bradstreet Number (DUNS), the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN), and the certification of business size. All offerors must have an active registration in the System for Award Management (SAM)

A determination by the Government not to compete this proposed action based upon responses to this notice is solely within the discretion of the Government. The information received will normally be considered solely for the purposes of determining whether to proceed on a non-competitive basis or to conduct a competitive procurement.

All responses must be received by August 14, 2020 and must reference number EE20-004400Responses may be submitted electronically to or hand delivered in person. Fax responses will not be accepted.


“All responsible sources may submit a bid, proposal, or quotation which shall be considered by the agency.”

Last updated: August 6, 2020