Monday, June 08, 2009

CIRM Responds to Report on Future Industry Funding

The California stem cell agency today commented on the item we posted concerning a statement by its president that it is considering funding its future with cash from the biotech industry.

Responding to a request for comment from the California Stem Cell Report, Don Gibbons, chief communications officer for CIRM, said,

“I tried to post this comment twice and your system sent back error messages.

“Two things. We heard the concerns regarding an industry advisory group and that recommendation was removed from the latest draft of the strategic plan update that has been circulating internally the past few weeks. Second, regarding President (Alan) Trounson's musings with the Bloomberg reporter, how does 'in the long run' and 'may try' become 'is.'"

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