(ZIZ News) – With studies currently underway at the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation, St. Kitts and Nevis already attracts much international attention in terms of stem cell research.
Plans are now in place to help draw further attention to the Federation with the establishment of a proposed luxury Health and Wellness Spa at Christophe Harbour that will offer healthy and rejuvenating treatments to international clientele.
That proposal was brought forward by Peter Nygard, Chairman of Nygard International.
“I brought in Buddy Darby of Christophe Harbour to see if we can do two sets of facilities over there which is a perfect site for us to start building some of these kinds of clinics. So, in addition to the facilities that we have at Gene Redmond (St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation) which are there, now can be expanded on and there is a plan to expand on them as quickly as we can; we are also looking to start development of the whole sight at Christophe Harbour as quickly as we can,” he said.
Nygard also explained the reason for choosing Christophe Harbour as the potential location.
He said “Christophe Harbour is one of the most beautiful places in the world, one of the most beautiful places for yachts to visit in the world and if we establish a clinic there and have the big end yachts come to the clinics at that place it’s a major, major attraction for them. So we may get some of those people from St. Barts to come and visit here in St. Kitts and let this be their real destination. Time frame, we’ll like to see that happen within two years quite frankly…but immediately the project is starting right now.”
Meanwhile, President of the St. Kitts Biomedical Research Foundation, Dr. Eugene Redmond said although it will target high end clientele in the initial stage, ordinary citizens will eventually benefit from the treatment.
“I think that it is very clear that the intention of this is to attract a very high level group of people who are available to afford the very best of treatment. So initially in terms of the delivery of these treatments you would need to sail in on your yacht in order to get the treatment. But on the other hand, it means that these people are willing to spend their money to help develop treatments that once they exist are not going to be limited to this clinic and are gonna potentially have benefits for people anywhere in the world,” he said.
Nygard said plans for the facility are still in the early stage but noted that he would like to see it completed in two years.