Wednesday, October 26, 2011

CIRM Directors Adjourn

Directors of the California stem cell agency adjourned their meeting early this afternoon after hastily acting on a number of multimillion dollar items.

Four members of the board left to catch planes or return home, leaving the 29-member board without sufficient members to act legally. The board has a super-majority requirement written into state law, courtesy of Prop. 71, the measure that created CIRM. Loss of quorums has been a problem for CIRM since its inception.

The board had been scheduled to meet until 5 p.m. PDT today. The board adjourned at 2:39 p.m.

Board member Bert Lubin, president of Childrens Hospital of Oakland, told remaining board members that all board members should stay for the entire scheduled meeting. He suggested to CIRM Chairman Jonathan Thomas that he write a letter to the board to that effect.

The hasty departure of the board members followed a lengthy discussion earlier in the day about CIRM's shaky public image and ways to improve it.

Two minor items were put off until December. We will have more on board actions in the next couple of hours.

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