In a news release, the scientific group cited Klein "for his outstanding contribution of public service to the field of stem cell research and regenerative medicine."
The ISSCR said,
"Through his vision as author and champion of the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative (Proposition 71), Klein secured long-term financial support for stem cell research in California. Through his leadership at CIRM, Klein developed a framework that fosters new and established talent, innovative science and clinical application. His advocacy for stable financial support for stem cell research on the international stage has been unprecedented."