By DANA SMITH
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government has already met with researchers and investors who are interested in the country’s stem cell research plans, Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday.
Last week, Mr Christie had delivered a speech in the House of Assembly that introduced an Act to regulate stem cell research and therapy in the Bahamas, comprising a legal framework designed to align the country with international best practices.
“It has to be carried through the various stages of both Houses and brought into law,” he said yesterday. “It will usher in a new regime of dealing with medical research and therapy of a nature that we believe will attract significant numbers to our country.
“I met with professors of universities who are involved in that research now, who would wish to be here in the Bahamas. I have met with people who have already made significant investments in the country and are looking forward to the legislation and the regime that it will usher in.”
The prime minister said he is “excited about the possibilities” and “seeing how far it will go for us” – noting the country is continuing to develop it’s medical tourism industry.