Friday, May 06, 2005

Looking for a $100 Million Helping Hand

The California stem cell agency may borrow $100 million from philanthropic organizations to start its research program.

The plan was announced after litigation raised financial clouds over the issuance of bonds by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Reporter Daniel Levine of the San Francisco Business Times quoted stem cell chairman Robert Klein as saying today, "We are looking at the potential to put together $100 million from various financial donors, to move forward and hire staff and make certain this movement to develop new research and advance medical therapies is not slowed down. As Nancy Reagan said, we cannot afford to lose any more time."

Levine also reported that “Klein said if for some reason the institute is unable to issue the bonds, the loans would be converted to grants. As such, he said the bridge financing would create no liability for the state.”
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