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Life sciences

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Life sciences

Key Indicators

1627 hospital beds

3.73 million USD in life sciences exports

9.63 million USD in total National Science Foundation (NSF) awards to the Virgin Islands

8.69 million USD invested in fundamental research in the Virgin Islands

Close to 1 million invested in STEM education in the Virgin Islands

Life sciences

Overview

As a growing hub for life sciences, the United States Virgin Islands has cultivated a dynamic ecosystem that melds cutting-edge research with the serenity of its Caribbean surroundings. The islands are home to state-of-the-art medical facilities catering to the healthcare needs of residents and visitors alike. Boasting a robust life sciences sector, the USVI contributes significantly to the global market through its pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biotechnological innovations exports. Amidst the lush landscapes, the islands foster a collaborative environment for research and development, attracting professionals and organizations dedicated to advancing healthcare and life sciences. With a strategic blend of natural tranquility and scientific innovation, the USVI emerges as a distinctive player in life sciences, poised for continued growth and contributions to the global healthcare landscape.

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Areas to Contribute to Growth

Telemedicine

Medical Simulation

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Life sciences

Education

The Caribbean Exploratory Research Center (CERC) will provide opportunities for a concerted focus on these complex variables and the unique intersections of island history, context, culture, demographics, socioeconomic status, and other factors that might contribute to health disparities within the islands.

The CERC will also increase the capacity of faculty and community representatives to conduct disparity research relating to the major health risks faced by Virgin Islanders.

The Center for the Study of Complementary and Alternative Medicines will seek to provide evidence to support this holistic approach to healing and establish mechanisms for community outreach.

Over time, the Center will expand its exploratory efforts to include investigations of other disease states or ailments commonly affecting US Virgin Islanders. As scientific evidence about alternative botanical medicines is available through UVI-CCAM research, local healthcare providers can make more informed decisions when communicating alternative treatment regimens and options to patients.

Programs

WIC Fredriksted Renovation Project

The renovation of the Frederiksted WIC building for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on St. Croix will create an open office floor plan and provide equipment, technology, and other infrastructure damaged because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. When completed in July 2023, this newly renovated 3,700 square foot, historical structure will provide a centralized service location for the participants of the WIC Program and staff in the West End on the island of St. Croix.

WIC Knud Hansen Project

The rebuild of the Knud Hansen WIC building for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) on St. Thomas will restore the physical building and provide equipment, technology, and other infrastructure damaged because of Hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017. When completed in September 2023, this new 5,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure will provide a centralized service location for the participants of the WIC Program and staff on the island of St. Thomas.

Companies

M1 Enterprises

M1 Enterprises

Activated in August 2022, M1 Enterprises provides 25 years of healthcare knowledge in healthcare services, medical coding & billing certification, education, and job training for nationally recognized certifications to support healthcare & technology services. Located in UVI RT Park in St. Croix, it is a VIDOL-approved workforce development provider that provides training for those interested in the healthcare industry.

Plessen Healthcare

Plessen Healthcare

Plessen Healthcare LLC is a full-service medical practice on St Croix in the US Virgin Islands committed to providing affordable, accountable, and efficient healthcare services to all. The Plessen Orange Grove Medical campus includes a full-service, multi-specialty medical clinic and the first AAAHC-accredited and CMS-certified surgical center in the USVI. At the same time, the Sunny Isles Urgent Care and Specialty Clinic provides Primary Healthcare and Urgent Care services for ages two and up. In addition, Plessen also offers telehealth services that connect patients to accredited specialists worldwide

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