Tuesday, December 14, 2010

CIRM Director Lansing Backs Klein Re-election

Former Hollywood studio chief and CIRM Director Sherry Lansing today endorsed Robert Klein for re-election as chairman of the $3 billion California stem cell agency.

In a two-paragraph statement posted on the CIRM Web site, Lansing said she enthusiastically supported Klein as well as the re-election of Art Torres and Duane Roth as co vice chairs.

No other members of the CIRM board have posted endorsements of Klein.

Lansing is chair of the CIRM Governance Subcommittee. She said she would not be able to attend tomorrow's CIRM board meeting at which the question of Klein's tenure will be taken up. Lansing said she will be in transit from China at the time.

Klein's term expires this month. He once said he would not seek re-election, but changed his mind after his closed-door attempt to hand pick his successor failed in a flurry of negative news stories.

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