Thursday, May 30, 2013
California's Alpha Stem Cell Clinics: Open in 2014, Six to Eight Locations
The San Francisco Business Times yesterday said that the first Alpha Clinic sponsored by the $3 billion California stem cell agency could open as early as 2014.
The timing was disclosed by CIRM President Alan Trounson in an article by Ron Leuty, who also reported that that Trounson's $70 million proposal (see here and here) would involve as many as six to eight clinics. The locations of the clinics was not disclosed and would be subject to a competitive RFA. However, Leuty's piece mentioned UC San Francisco and Stanford.
The article also said initial treatments might focus on eye disease, “brain therapies” and spinal cord injuries.
The Alpha Clinic plan is scheduled to come before the CIRM board in late July. The proposal is aimed at speeding stem cell treatments and creating something of a one-stop shopping experience for patients.
Once the CIRM board approves the concept, an RFA will be issued and interested institutions will have to submit bids and compete for funding.