Sunday, September 30, 2007

$31 Million Stem Cell Training Proposal Defended

Officials at the California state college system have filed a sweeping defense of its appeal for $31 million from CIRM to train thousands of persons to work in the stem cell industry.

The California state university system as well as the California community college system advanced the proposal at the August meeting of the CIRM Oversight Committee, whose members raised a series of questions.

Supporters of the plan compiled a detailed, 24-page response, outlining the need for training a diverse workforce and citing CIRM's own strategic plan in support. The response and the proposal are up for consideration Wednesday at the Oversight Committee meeting in San Diego.

No competing proposals to provide the training are currently before CIRM.

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