Garden of Mary

Negril, Jamaica

Although he has been a practicing board certified emergency physician for more than forty years, the six years which he spent in Negril Jamaica from 1988 until 1994, have made the most lasting impression on his life – seeing first hand, the stark reality of health care delivery in the developing world – its costs and its limitations based on cultural norms and simple economics.

While practicing there he established The Stretcher Board Program, a prototypic first responder program in Negril which laid the groundwork for the development of the island’s first emergency medical system. As a founding member of the Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society and Fshermen’s Cooperative, Negril now has a Marine Park.

As an inventor and innovator, he has won four patents for the use of synthetic, non-psychoactive derivatives of THC for the treatment and prevention of HIV. Given his deep understanding of the pharmacologic activities of this class of drugs, he will be submitting additional patent applications for other novel uses of the drugs which have not been disclosed in previous patents nor the scientific literature. Although he strongly believes in the need for  patent exclusivity, he also believes that such a monopoly could lead to the lower costs of drugs especially when there is a threat such as HIV/AIDS and address the issue of the costs of essential drugs on a global basis. Although antiretroviral therapy has been a great scientific discovery and continues to have benefit, its limitations and failures can only be attributed to its high costs and lack of availability where it is greatest demands remain unmet – the developing world.

Dr. Travis is fortunate to have assembled an outstanding scientific advisory board, management team and board of directors. With their support, he will be able to focus on the specific achievable goals which will make the use of the lead compounds a reality on a global basis over the next three to five years.

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