Thursday, July 24, 2008

Lockyer Names Quint to CIRM Directorate

The California stem cell agency has a new member on its board of directors, a cardiologist from San Jose who once treated former state lawmaker John Vasconcellos.

The new member of the CIRM Oversight Committee is Robert Quint, who was appointed to the post by state Treasurer Bill Lockyer.

A spokesman for Lockyer said Vasconcellos had recommended Quint. "We were highly impressed with Quint's resume, and the man himself, and Lockyer decided he was the person for the job." the spokesman said. Lockyer and Vasconcellos, both Democrats, served in the state legislature together.

Quint replaces Janet Wright, also a cardiologist, on the 29-member board. Wright left earlier this year to take a job in Washington, D.C., with the American College of Cardiology.

Quint has operated his own cardiology practice in San Jose since 1980. Lockyer's office said,
"He has helped develop pioneering diagnostic and treatment techniques for arteriosclerotic heart disease, including coronary angiography and angioplasty."
We asked Lockyer's office whether Quint had been recommended by CIRM Chairman Robert Klein. Spokesman Tom Dresslar replied,
"Former state legislator John Vasconcellos did.  He and Lockyer go way back."
One vacancy remains on the CIRM board of directors.

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