Thursday, April 16, 2015

California's 'Incredible' Stem Cell Invention


C. Randal Mills - CIRM 2.0. Building a better stem cell agency (Part 2) from MCC Industry Relations on Vimeo.

Randy Mills, the president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, was selling hard a couple of months ago in San Diego.
Animated and gesticulating, Mills said,
"There's nothing like CIRM.  It's an incredible invention that probably only could have taken place in California."
But he said the agency was on its way to being better and faster, delivering cash to researchers in 120 days instead of the previous average of 22 months.
"We are an accelerating agency. We are in the time business. So we can't be slow...Urgency matters."
Mills' comments were made to a symposium at the Moores Cancer Center in San Diego Feb. 19. But his full remarks surfaced recently in a video posted on Vimeo(see above).
Mills took only a little more five minutes in his presentation about CIRM 2.0, his radical overhaul of the agency's grant-making process. He is seeking higher quality applications, higher success ratios and stronger partnerships with researchers and patient advocates.
CIRM  2.0 is still in the process of being fully implemented in all of the agency's award efforts. Mills said there will be bumps.
"Buckle up. It's going to be a wild ride."
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