|Stem cell agency's annual report cover|
The posting of the 20-page report on the agency's web site came 12 hours before the end of year on Friday.
"Challenges remain but new cures are emerging" was the headline on the document. "All in. All out" was how the agency's work was characterized.
Much of what was contained in the report has been written about previously on the California Stem Cell Report. But the annual report provides a useful and valuable summary of the agency's work for those interested in whether it is fulfilling the promises of the 2004 ballot initiative that created the agency, which is unprecedented in state history.
Some of the notable numbers for the Oakland-based, 48-person agency, which is known formally as the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine(CIRM):
Jonathan Thomas, chairman of the agency, said in the report,
"However, there can be no greater return on our investment than the restoration of health. That is now occurring because of CIRM. Evangelina (featured on the cover), stricken with a previously incurable immune system disorder, is now cured. That’s right, cured. And we are working to quicken the pace at which this treatment is available to others. This is the promise of stem cell therapy."The California Stem Cell Report will have a lengthier look at the agency later this week. Sphere: Related Content