“Far too many board members represent organizations that receive CIRM funding or benefit from that funding. These competing personal and professional interests compromise the perceived independence of the ICOC, introduce potential bias into the board’s decision making, and threaten to undermine confidence in the board."
“(The) IOM itself admits there is no evidence that any conflicts of interest have ever guided (the agency's governing board) decisions. Not one example.”
“Interestingly, highlighting the extremely sensitive nature of this issue, while I’ve been talking with many bigwigs about this, at this point no one is wiling to go on the record with an opinion about it except one courageous soul, Don Reed (see his piece here).”