We propose to implement Ubrica One Biomedical Industrial City in Kenya (“Ubrica One”). We will build Ubrica One on multiple disparate land parcels all aggregating to approximately 4,000-acres. The complete project will be multiple master-planned biomedical industrial parks with specialty hospitals fashioned as academic medical centers (“AMCs”), research facilities, residential areas, and specialized industrial zones.
Ubrica one will host a Children & Women’s AMC, a Heart & Lungs AMC, a Neuroscience & Rehabilitation AMC, a Trauma & Orthopedic AMC, an Eye & Ear AMC, a Cancer Hospital & Hospice Care AMC, a Tropical & Infectious Diseases AMC, a Renal & Urologic AMC, a Gastro-Intestinal Diseases AMC.
Our vision is to create places that will be lead centers of excellence in global health in:
- discovery, development, and commercialization of cutting edge technologies in biomedicine
- world class services in health promotion, disease detection, disease prevention, and disease treatment.
Our mission is to establish and sustain leadership in:
- Translational research in human biology, human physiology and human medicine
- Nano-science, biotechnology, molecular biology and human genetics
- Clinical medicine
- Organization of systems of delivery of care
- Information systems for health
Our project is underpinned by the theory of knowledge conversion continuum that explains that knowledge has to traverse five distinct stages to translate in products that people can use to solve problems of everyday life: EXPLORATION—RESEARCH—PUBLICATION—TRANSLATION—APPLICATION.
The phenomenal structure of Ubrica One is grounded by four primary functions of a world class academic medical center: RESEARCH—EDUCATION—INNOVATION—PATIENT CARE.
We propose to build Ubrica One as an all-inclusive development with multiple land uses to be located on an aggregate of 4,000-acre lot of land in Kenya. Upon completion, Ubrica One will be home to eight ultramodern academic specialty medical centers structured as world class HOSPITALS, centers for advanced science in biomedicine structured for advanced RESEARCH, and centers for biomedical translation and innovation structured for COMMERCIALIZATION and MANUFACTURING
phenomenal structure of the Ubrica One is underpinned by the theory of advanced academic medical center that is built on the principle of integration to collocate the functions of advanced research in science technology and medicine [RESEARCH], world class medical and science education [TEACHING], translation of research knowledge products into commercial products for everyday use at home and in the clinical environments [INNOVATION], and delivery of care of the highest quality possible [PATIENT CARE]
STATEMENT OF INTENT
Our intent is to create in Kenya, centers of excellence for (a) discovery, development and commercialization of cutting edge technologies in biomedicine, and (b) world class health care services in health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment. Two major and closely interrelated problems motivate our intent:
- The severe inadequate infrastructure for global health.Health services in many countries of the world are unsafe, of low quality, and inaccessible to majority of the people. People, afraid to use health services locally, seek medical care in other countries. Indeed, healthcare consumers would be willing to pay more for better care that is of high value, of efficient supply of drugs, of better technical quality, of well-maintained health facilities, and of short wait times. The specific problem is that an entity that can produce comprehensive world-class medical service is lacking. Ubrica One will be home to five ultramodern academic specialty medical centers structured as world-class hospitals to deliver care of the highest quality possible.
- The absence of health services and biomedical innovative research and development (R&D) capability. Ubrica One is poised to create a world-class research facilities attached to the world-class hospitals. The research facilities will serve as centers for research excellence in Kenya. The centers will produce the best-in class researchers in health, medicine, and basic sciences. The research facilities will also serve as technology transfer organizations that will manage intellectual property, licensing, and commercialization of products of research, and industrial development to meet health needs of people.
BACKGROUND OF THE PROBLEM
In this section we present the background of the problem addressed in this proposal from the framework of knowledge conversion. The section underpins knowledge conversion as the centerpiece of national development, emphasizing the central importance of comprehending knowledge conversion to comprehend development.
Theoretical Underpinning: National Development a Function of Knowledge Conversion
Knowledge conversion is the work of discovering knowledge residing in the local environments and mastering the discovered knowledge to create products and services that people and organizations can use to advance themselves and to defend themselves from enemies. Knowledge converts in five steps starting from exploration, going to research, then to publication, then to translation and finally to application of knowledge