“I write to inform you of my resignation as a member of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee, the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, effective February 4, 2014. It has been my honor to serve the State of California as one of your appointees to CIRM’s Governing Board. I am extraordinarily proud of the progress we have made in establishing CIRM, developing strong ethical, medical, and scientific policies, and ensuring that Californians will have the opportunity to benefit from the important research that CIRM is funding.
“With your support and with the hard work of CIRM’s Board and staff, CIRM has become the largest funder of human embryonic stem cell research in the world. Dramatic findings have already emerged from CIRM-funded research and I am hopeful that this research will one day lead to therapies for Californians who suffer from chronic disease and injury. Thank you for the opportunity to serve.”