“The institute’s recommendations for much-needed changes to CIRM’s governance structure to provide greater efficiency, clarity and accountability reinforce the recommendations the Little Hoover Commission made in 2009."
“Then and now, the Commission’s recommendations are aimed at improving CIRM’s ability to meet its goals for the good of all who can benefit from stem cell research, and to ensure that California taxpayers’ dollars are put to their most efficient use to that end.”
“The IOM Committee and its staff have done an impressive job. The report recognizes the scientific value and achievements of the CIRM and, at the same time, makes cogent recommendations that, if taken seriously, will further improve the quality and the public credibility of the Institute. The committee and staff deserve the thanks of the scientific community and all California citizens for their careful and thoughtful work.”
“It's long past time to make the changes the report calls for, but given the spin the agency put on its response -- saying the report praises the 'agency as a bold innovation' -- shows it's business as usual. This sort of behavior will only ensure that CIRM doesn't get another round of public funding,”
“Given the agency’s shortcomings and the state’s budgetary problems, it would be wrong to ask Californians to give it more public money. If the agency acquires new funds from industry sources or venture firms, it must recognize that it has ongoing obligations to the people of California.”
“CIRM has not responded in a meaningful way to many previous public interest suggestions or to independent reviews, including the one in 2009 by the state’s Little Hoover Commission. We hope the agency will not continue that pattern.”