Tuesday, December 11, 2012

IOM-Stem Cell Agency Coverage Planned for Tomorrow

The California Stem Cell Report tomorrow will provide complete, live coverage of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) presentation to the directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency. The IOM last week recommended sweeping changes at the agency, but this is the first chance for the agency governing board to hear directly from the panel.

Harold Shapiro, chairman of the IOM study committee and former president of Princeton University, and Terry Magnuson, vice chairman of the panel and vice dean of research at the University of North Carolina, will perform the briefing for the 29 members of the CIRM governing board.

The meeting is scheduled to begin in Los Angeles at 9 a.m. PST. Our best guess is that the IOM presentation will come up shortly after the meeting starts.

Those who would like to listen live to the meeting can dial 866-254-5937 and use the code 274426 to hear the meeting on a one-way connection. The stem cell agency is no longer providing an Internet audiocast.

In California, teleconference locations that permit comment and participation in the meeting are available in San Francisco, Pleasanton and La Jolla. A previous location in Oakland is no longer available. Persons interested in those locations should check with CIRM for more details on the specific locations than is provided on the agenda.

The agency has also published its Power Point presentations dealing with the initiation of a $40 million basic biology round, the proposed awards of more than $36 million for translational research and the agency's industry engagement plan. Four rejected applicants have appealed in translational research round, which was budgeted for $80 million.

You can read more about the IOM report here, here, here and here.

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