Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10th Anniversary Media Event Tomorrow in Los Angeles for California Stem Cell Agency

The $3 billion California stem cell agency will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a media event tomorrow in Los Angeles aimed at demonstrating the impact of the Golden State’s research program.

The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST, and members of the public can listen in by dialing 866-528-2256 with a participant code of 1594399. The event will be at the Broad stem cell center at USC.

A note on the agency’s blog, The Stem Cellar, said,
“(The) money has helped make California a global leader in stem cell research and led to ten clinical trials that the stem cell agency is funding this year alone. Those include trials in heart disease, cancer, leukemia, diabetes, blindness, HIV/AIDS and sickle cell disease.”
The item continued,
“To hear how that work has had an impact on the lives of patients we are holding a media briefing to look at the tremendous progress that has been made, and to hear what the future holds.”
The Los Angeles media market is a tough one. It is also the state's largest. Great competition exists for coverage of events.  Kevin McCormack, the agency’s communications director, is promising to have patients on hand who have benefited from stem cell therapies along with researchers and key figures in the state stem cell effort.

The California Stem Cell Report last Sunday carried a 10th anniversary rundown on the agency.

(An earlier version of this item incorrectly said that the event will be at UCLA. The news conference will be at USC.)

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