The first medicity project in the country – Frontier Mediville, promoted by Chennai-based Dr KM Cherian’s Frontier Lifeline Hospital, has been given the status of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.Coming up with an investment of Rs 1,500 crore, the medicity will begin operations with the setting up of a national medical science park and a 1,000-bed multi-speciality bio-hospital. “Frontier Mediville will be established as an international and diversified platform providing medical services in healthcare, education, research, and manufacture. It will commence with a National medical science park, as its maiden venture, a one-of-its-kind pioneering model, in South Asia. The park will also have a symbiotic relationship with the proposed 1,000- bed multi-specialty ‘bio-hospital’, an emerging concept combining present day clinical medicine with regenerative medicine and basic sciences enhanced with holistic therapy”, said Dr Cherian. The bio-hospital in Frontier Mediville would be the first of its kind in India and one among the 18 proposed around the world. The proposed medicinal science park would be a hub for R&D in regenerative medicine and in advanced scientific areas such as nano-technology and genetic engineering. According to Dr Cherian, “this facility will be exclusively dedicated to basic and applied clinical research, development and commercialisation of technology for use of both preventive and curative healthcare.” The bio-hospital would provide state-of-the-art tertiary care in all sub-specialties of medicine supported by modern basic sciences such as stem cell technology, tissue engineering, nanotechnology and “neurIT”.