Sunday, October 15, 2006

Doggie Bag Tidbits from the CIRM Meeting

Here are some leftovers from last week's meeting of the Oversight Committee of the California stem cell agency.

Need for Speed – Each year's delay in issuing bonds costs the agency about $84 million because inflation diminishes the value of the $3 billion authorized two years ago, said Chairman Robert Klein. President Zach Hall also said the agency is moving fast to hire a scientific review officer, a senior facilities officer and a grants technical assistant.

Intellectual Property – Discussion was deferred on the policy on intellectual property for businesses, including open access on scholarly publications involving CIRM-funded research. Time ran short at the Wednesday session so IP was taken off the agenda.

Eggs – About 300 persons viewed the egg risk conference online compared to the 90 who attended the actual session, according to Hall. The agency will issue a report on the conference near the end of the year.

UK/California stem cell summit -– Sixteen California scientists and 16 UK scientists will meet in Great Britain on Nov. 13-14 to discuss stem cell matters. Hall will be attending and will check out the stem cell bank in Merrie Olde England. Sphere: Related Content

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