BIMS (Bioprist Institute of Medical Sciences)

Leadership & Administration

Dr Guna Sekhar Muppuri
Dr Guna Sekhar Muppuri

Founder, Acting President of BIMS – SOM-HP

Founder

Dr Guna Sekhar Muppuri – OD., MBBS., MCCFP
Founder/President & CEO – Bioprist Group

Dr Guna S. Muppuri was born and brought up in the southern Indian town of Chittoor, Andhra Pradesh. He graduated with MBBS in 1991 from Sri Venkateswara Medical College, Tirupati A.P India, and later interned from the University Hospital of the West Indies in 1992.

Bioprist Group is a fully owned family enterprise of Dr. Muppuri that holds almost 80 per cent of the listed company Indies Pharma Jamaica Ltd and 100 per cent of the several subsidiaries under the Bioprist Group, including BIMS SOM-HP.

He worked as a family physician in the public and private sectors of Jamaica for more than 20 years, prior to venturing into the generic pharmaceutical business. At the age of 35, in 2005 he became the principal founder and CEO of Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited, thus beginning Dr. Muppuri’s long and fruitful association with the field of pharmaceutical business. The company has established itself as a leader in the field of branded generic pharmaceuticals and is currently listed on the Junior market of the Jamaica Stock Exchange.

As a medical practitioner, he was faced with the harsh reality of the difficulties surrounding the average Jamaican’s ability to afford prescription medications. Making medicines available and affordable became his prime concern.

First initiative taken as CEO of Indies Pharma Jamaica Limited was to bring down the monthly cost of Clopidogrel – the prophylactic medication for stroke disorder (registered as the leading cause of deaths in Jamaica since 1999). The target was to make the cost for a month’s supply come down to J$1,500 versus the cost of the branded drug at J$8,250. Dr. Muppuri’s aim was to provide an uninterrupted supply of this medication to Jamaicans through the National Health Fund at a low cost. The same drug was made available under the National Health Fund benefits for J$125 for a month’s supply, down from J$1,500 per month for the branded formulation.

Second important initiative taken by him was in 2007 to free the people of unjustified patent standoff involving Amlodipine, medication for severe hypertension. Once the drug was free of the patent, it was supplied by Indies Pharma through the National Health Fund at a very low cost.

Third important initiative he has taken is to establish Medical Tourism in Jamaica by developing 65 acres in Montego Bay to create the state-of-the-art Medical City with USJCC 300 Bedded Hospital.

BIMS (SOM-HP) is now the new addition to the never-ending list of his serial entrepreneurial journey, fulfilling his dream of establishing a novel and a state-of-the-art nearshore School of Medicine with the technology driven teaching at the pinnacle of training the future medical professionals, to be recognized as one of the best cohort of medical professionals in the world. 

In 2015, Dr. Muppuri ventured into the BPO (business process outsourcing) field leading to the establishment of Bioprist Knowledge Parks based on the motto’ Empowering Economies’. This project is being pursued in several phases and is responsible for creating 1,400 jobs in the BPO industry.

He later acquired the multi-million-dollar former Jockey International Industrial complexes in Hanover and St James in Jamaica and transformed them into world-class BPO facilities and Innovation centers and continued to add more specific built offices space – Special Economic Zone Developments.

Dr. Muppuri has given back to the society what he has received from it with the belief that developing communities is more than providing employment.

A few notable ones are:

  • Pledged two acres of land at Grand Ridge Med City in Montego Bay for setting up an autism clinic, a school for physically challenged children and an orphanage.
  • Established “BIOPRIST SCHOLASTIC FUND” with J$11.4Million to offer scholarships to the students enrolled at BIMS- SOM-HP.

Others in the past are:

* In 2015 he developed a summer exchange program for Jamaican children and the United States medical universities thereby providing exposure to Jamaican children to global developments in healthcare education.

*Supporting the 30-bed spinal care center to be built at Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre in Mona, Kingston.

*Distribution of asthma inhalers among the public.

*Donations to the National Health Fund.

*Scholarships to 18 medical and pharmacy students.

*Donations to the Hope Clinic-Good Shepherd Foundation.

The ambitions and trajectory of the Bioprist Group under Dr Guna Muppuri have led to him being christened “The Repurposing Specialist”. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards which include the following:

  • 2021 – Anthony N Sabga Caribbean Award for Excellence in Entrepreneurship.
  • Caribbean Honor of Excellence by the Trinidadian ANSAMAL Foundation; Received from His Excellency Sir Patrick Allen, Governor General of Jamaica; The award included a gift of TT$500K (J$12Mil), which was pledged by Dr. Muppuri towards the corpus fund to assist the students enrolled at BIMS SOM-HP.
  • OD – ORDER of DISTINCTION, National Honor was conferred to Dr. Muppuri in 2021 by the Government of Jamaica for his contribution to the field of Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.
  • 2019 – Recipient of the Government of India’s prestigious Presidential Honor, Indian Diaspora Award – Pravasi Bharatiya Samman, from the President of India. His Excellency Hon. Shri Ramnath Kovind.  
  • 2019 – Award for New Investment, Business Development and Expansion from the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Jamaica.
  • 2019 – American Chamber of Commerce Business & Civic Leadership Award.
  • 2018 – Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility by the American Chamber of Commerce in Jamaica.
  • 2012 – Listed among the top four in the list of young entrepreneurs in “The Entrepreneurial Challenge Contest 2012” hosted by Scotia Bank and  nationwide.
  • 2011 – National Quality Award for Excellence in Business by the Bureau of Standards, Jamaica.
  • 2009 – Nation Builder Award by the NCB Foundation-Jamaica for Innovation in Business
  • 2009 – Century International Quality ERA Award in Geneva (Switzerland) by the Business Initiative Directions from Madrid (Spain) in recognition of Total Quality Management
  • 2008 – National Quality Award for Excellence in Business received from the Prime Minister of Jamaica/Bureau of Standards and Ministry of Industry  & Commerce, Jamaica
  • 2008 – First Good Physician of the Year Award by the Medical Association of Jamaica

Dr Guna Sekhar Muppuri receiving the Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas Award from the President of India, Hon. Ram Nath Kovind. Also present are (late) Sushma Swaraj, then Indian Minister for External Affairs, and Dr Guna’s mother Prabhavati Muppuri.



Dr Guna Sekhar Muppuri being interviewed on Television Jamaica on January 27, 2019.
Dr. Cheryl Anne-Marie Bennett

Provost

Dr. Bennett, PhD., MBA,  has successfully developed and implemented academic courses, programs and examinations to meet the specific needs of the students and match and exceed the quality standards of the respective Accrediting bodies. Wide ranging experience as an Academic Administrator at senior levels at tertiary institutions.

A university graduate (PhD, MBA) of the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica (PhD) and The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad (MBA). She has also completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship within the Departments of Reproductive Endocrinology and Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy at the Cornell University, School of Medicine in the United States.

She has successfully developed and implemented academic courses, programs and examinations to meet the specific needs of the students and match and exceed the quality standards of the respective Accrediting bodies.

Dr. Bennett has several publications in peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals. She has deep-seated interest in quality academic development, especially in the areas of Health and Tertiary education on a global scale. She has wide ranging experience as an Academic Administrator at senior levels and has worked at the following several tertiary institutions:

  • THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES, MONA, JAMAICA(1983 – 1986), (Sept – Nov. 1989), (August 2011 – December 2014), (August 2017 – 2021)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES ST AUGUSTINE(1989 – 2005), (2008 – 2011), (January 2015 – May 2017)
  • CIPRIANI COLLEGE OF LABOUR & CO-OPERATIVE STUDIES(2015 -2017)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO(2005 – 2008)


During her association with the above institutions, she served in both academic and administrative positions such as but not limited to:

  • Lecturer in the Department of Physiology and Basic Medical Sciences
  • Administrator – Medical Sciences Program – Western Jamaica Campus, The University of the West Indies.
  • University Examiner
  • Course Convenor
  • Member of the Curriculum Committee
  • Internal and External Examiner
  • Associate Dean – Student Services, Marketing & Public Relations.
  • Assistant Provost –Quality Assurance and Accreditation – The University of Trinidad and Tobago 2007 – 2008.

Dr.Bennett has considerable expertise and skills in:

  • Academic Course development and delivery in multiple formats
  • Leadership & Strategic Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Quality Assurance & Management
  • Communications, Marketing/Public Relations
  • Project Management

She has provided Community and National Service over many years on several Boards, Societies and Foundations

  • Member of the Board of the Good Shepherd Foundation, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Board Member, National Gas Company of Trinidad & Tobago (NGC)
  • Board Member, National Helicopters Services Limited, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Board Member, La Brea Industrial Development Company (L,ABIDCO) Trinidad & Tobago
  • Commissioner, National Commission for UNESCO, Trinidad & Tobago
  • Member, Management Committee of National Institute of Higher Education Research Science and Technology (NIHERST), Trinidad & Tobago
  • Volunteer, Cancer Society of Trinidad and Tobago
  • Board Member, Family Planning Association of Trinidad & Tobago.
Tipton
Tipton Carlson

Director of Admissions & Recruitment

Tipton Carlson is a higher education executive with wide-ranging skill sets: small and large group presentations, one-on-one consultations, marketing budget preparation, interviewing candidates, application evaluation, training Admissions staff, developing and implementing best practices.

Higher Education executive with wide-ranging skill sets: small and large group presentations, one-on-one consultations, marketing budget preparation, interviewing candidates, application evaluation, training Admissions staff, developing and implementing best practices.

North Park University – BA in International Business and Middle Eastern Studies – 2000

Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center – Modern Standard Arabic, Egyptian Dialect – 1992

Director of Admissions – St. Martinus Univ Faculty of Medicine – March 2020 to March 2021

  • Full-time consultancy to develop student recruitment in the US and Canada. Idle due to Covid-19.

Director of Marketing and Recruitment – North America – Univ of Nicosia Medical School – 2012-2017

  • Independent and collaborative development of marketing and recruitment efforts for newly established medical program in Cyprus.
  • Growing student enrollment from 30 students to 400+ students within three years.
  • Heavy emphasis on phone and email contact with students throughout the application and enrollment process.

Senior Associate Director of Admissions – Manipal Education – 2006-2011

  • Recruiting students from primarily the US and Canada for two international medical school campuses: AUA in Antigua and KMCIC in India.
  • Single-handedly revamped and recreated the Admissions process for students seeking admission to the India campus.
  • AUA began in Jan. 2005 with six students. Enabled growth to over 1000 students in less than 3 years.

International Admissions – North Park University – 2000-2005

  • Designated issuing agent for all I-20s
  • Sole transcript evaluator for all undergraduate and degree-completion programs

Interrogator, Arabic Linguist – US Army – 1991-1995

  • Graduated top of my class at Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center (DLIFLC).
  • Primarily trained in interrogation of prisoners of war and debriefing human intelligence assets.
  • Arabic language translation support for various missions.

Technical Director – NY Fringe Festival and Off -Off Broadway, I Come in Peace by Dean Obeidallah – 2006

NYAACF – Assistant and Stage Manager – 2005-2011

Theatre Set Construction, Design, Lighting and Sound – Multiple Venues in Chicago and NYC – 1999-2008

Transfer, International Student Admissions, Transcript Eval – Multiple Firms in Chicago and NYC – 2000-2011

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