Tuesday, October 18, 2011

IOM Update: Trounson's Absence Tomorrow Due to Prior Speaking Engagement

The president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, Alan Trounson, is skipping the opening meeting tomorrow of a sweeping, blue-ribbon review of the research effort because of a prior speaking engagement.

In response to a question, Maria Bonneville, executive director of the CIRM board, said,
"Alan had already committed to speak at the Cerebal Palsy Prevention and
Cure Summit
on October 19th when we learned of the first (Institute of Medicine) meeting date. However, the IOM plans to hold two meetings in California, so we expect that Alan will have another opportunity to meet with the IOM committee."
Three other CIRM executives will address the IOM review panel tomorrow in the first public meeting of its inquiry. CIRM is paying the IOM $700,000 to examine its operations to determine whether it is functioning at "peak performance."

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