The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded a new indefinite-quantity / indefinite-delivery (IQID) contract to Canadian company Thornhill Research for the delivery of Field Anesthesia Systems to the US Marine Corps (USMC).

The new arrangement will see Thornhill Research provide Field Anesthesia Systems to administer general anaesthesia to patients in need of emergency medical procedures in a field environment.

Thornhill Research president and chief executive officer Kipton Lade said: “The USMC has been a long-time partner with Thornhill Research.

“We are honoured to continue providing lifesaving technologies to this very important client.”

Work on the project will be carried out at the company’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is expected to be completed by 23 April next year, however the commitment may continue through 23 April 2022 if all options are exercised.

The five-year firm-fixed-priced contract is valued at approximately $8.04m, and was awarded through Canada's government-to-government contracting organisation Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) in Ottawa, Ontario.

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The IQID contract includes a base period of performance of four years, in addition to several one-year option periods, which if exercised would bring the agreement's total value to $14.2m.

"Work on the project will be carried out at the company’s facility in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is expected to be completed by 23 April next year."

Fiscal 2017 operations and maintenance funds worth roughly $313,483 will also be obligated on the first delivery order, issued concurrently at the time of award.

The current contract was competitively secured through the Federal Business Opportunities website with one offer received.

The Marine Corps Systems Command located in Quantico, Virginia, US, is serving as the contracting activity.

Thornhill Research is based in Toronto, Ontario, and specialises in the development of latest and advanced healthcare devices.

Image: Mobile Anesthesia Device (MADM) by Thornhill Research. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Thornhill Research Inc.