Wednesday, June 23, 2010

More Live Coverage Today: CIRM Budget and Financial Projections

The California stem cell agency begins its board meeting at 10:30 a.m. PDT this morning, and we will be filing stories as warranted.

Today's matters include the proposed $15.7 million operational budget for the fiscal year that begins one week from tomorrow. The spending plan is a 28 percent increase over its current expenditures. Also on tap are strategic financial projections and a discussion of whether the agency should spend its remaining $2 billion more quickly or more slowly. CIRM expects to continue its work for at least another nine years, even if it does not receive additional funding after its money runs out.

CIRM President Alan Trounson will review the latest stem cell research and highlight his priorities. He also normally goes over upcoming CIRM workshops that may be of interest. He is likely to give a post-mortem on the international stem cell conference last week in San Francisco. CIRM paid $200,000 to be a co-sponsor. Through its arrangements with the city of San Francisco, it also wangled $100,000 in free space at Moscone Center. CIRM additionally paid for an unspecified number of non-CIRM employees to attend the conference.

(Editor's note: An earlier version of this said that information on agenda item 16 had not been posted by June 23. The presentation was apparently posted on the CIRM Web site the afternoon JUne 22.)

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