Monday, January 27, 2020

Calfornia's Stem Cell Pie for 2020: State Agency to Slice Up Nearly Final Millions Next Week

It ain't over yet -- at least that's the word from what could be deemed the financial center of stem cell research in California.

The governing board of the California stem cell agency is scheduled to meet Feb. 6 to allocate unspecified additional millions for stem cell research and peer down the road that awaits it beginning Nov. 4 of this year.

That is the day after California voters are expected to deliver their judgment on whether the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the agency is formally known, should continue and receive an additional $5.5 billion.

The agency is running out of money. Its initial $3 billion is now down to $27 million for awards. A ballot initiative to give the agency the additional billions is expected to be on the ballot this fall, Nov. 3 to be precise.

But in just 10 days, the CIRM board will reveal the amount of cash that has been recovered from research awards that failed to meet milestones during 2019. The board is scheduled to make decisions on how that money, which is likely to run into tens of millions, is to be allocated during the remainder of this year.

Also on the agenda is a three-word topic: "strategic plan themes."  This is likely to involve possible directions of the agency should it receive additional funding from the ballot initiative. That proposed measure substantially expands the scope of the agency and specifies it move into in certain new areas, including attempting to assure the affordability of agency-financed therapies whose costs could run upwards of $2 million.

The agenda includes an update on most major programs involving CIRM, information that will come widely into play as the next fall's election receives more attention.

The meeting will be based at CIRM's headquarters in Oakland. But it will also be available electronically at a number of other public locations throughout California and via the Internet. Members of the public will be able to comment and ask questions through the Internet. Details are available on the agenda. 

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