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Another first for Bahamas at World Stem Cell Summit
By Victoria Sarne
Jan 17, 2019 - 7:05:23 PM

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Personal Health and Regenerative Medicine is widely recognized as the new paradigm for health with the expectation that this new paradigm will produce much needed new cures for alleviating human suffering. Each year, for the past fourteen years, the Regenerative Medicine Foundation has selected top innovators, leaders, and global bridge-builders creating connections and solutions to improve human health and wellness through stem cell and regenerative medicine. This year, on January 23rd at the World Stem Cell Summit at the Hyatt Regency, Miami, Florida, the 2019 International Advocacy Award will go to Dr. Desirée Cox, MD, PhD., the First Bahamian Rhodes Scholar.

Dr. Cox is a graduate of Queens College, McGill, Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and has been recognized in the ‘Queens College Hall of Fame’.  Dr. Cox is also the Founder of The HEALinc (www.thehealinc), and the Inaugural HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit held in October 2018, at the Melia Hotel, Nassau, Bahamas. The summit was attended by 450+ participants and featured 50+ top-tier speakers from USA, Latin America, Europe and The Caribbean including Dr. Bob Hariri, Dr. Peter Diamandis, Dr. Mike Stein, Bill Fields, Aubrey de Gray and Tanmay Bakshi.

Bernard Siegel, JD, Executive Director of the Regenerative Medicine Foundation, and Founder of the World Stem Cell Summit says, “The 2019 honorees unite the diverse world of regenerative medicine and stem cell research with their advocacy and leadership. Their talent, energy and actions accelerate our field.” Past World Stem Cell Summit honorees have included Former US Vice President Joe Biden (and his wife Jill); Dr.Camillo Ricordi, Director of the Diabetes Research Institute and Cell Transplant Program at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Mary Ann Liebert, President and CEO of Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., a media empire known for establishing authoritative peer-reviewed journals in promising areas of science and biomedical research; Sherry Lansing, former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures; Michigan Governor, Jennifer M. Granholm; A. Alfred Taubman, Founder of the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan; Bob Klein, Founder of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine; and Actor Michael J. Fox.

As demonstrated in the recent October 2018 HEALinc Future Health Innovation Summit held here at the Melia Hotel and Resort, Dr. Cox is passionate about creating deployment platforms for advancing Regenerative Medicine and Personal Health. As the founder of both the HEALinc (www.thehealinc.com) Corporation, and the HEALinc Future Health Summit, she is making the Summit an annual event for The Bahamas. www.healincfuturehealthsummit.com)

As a “bridge-builder” Dr. Cox’s considerable body of work and experience in diverse aspects of international healthcare and well-being spans North America, the UK and Europe, and is being recognized for advancing technology and innovation in the delivery of medical services across the Bahamas and the Region. As Chair of the Stem Cell Ethics Committee, she is an advocate of making The Bahamas the resource hub for the Caribbean and is well-placed to prioritize and further the concept of enabling The Bahamas to be the channel through which investors, researchers, entrepreneurs and others can access all the necessary legal, administrative, banking and other support required to set up business here or in the Region.

Dr. Cox will be receiving her award before a huge international audience of the 2,000 or so attendees from some 200 plus organizations, plus the more than 200 distinguished speakers, expected to attend and contribute to The World Stem Cell summit. Illustrious company indeed for a well-deserving Bahamian woman, and a significant honor for The Bahamas.

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