Tuesday, May 05, 2020

The Covid-19 Fight: More Applications for Cash Coming into California's Stem Cell Agency

California's $3 billion stem cell agency has now collected 12 fresh applications from researchers hoping to tap into it for millions to fight the coronavirus and Covid-19. Today is the deadline for more. Another deadline for applications comes up in two weeks.

The agency reported that the 12 include three from biotech firms. The other nine are from nonprofits.  The agency's application reviewers will meet online May 12 and in private make the de facto decisions on which to fund.

The agency's directors are expected to meet a few days after the application review session and ratify the decisions.

Last month the directors approved a total of $1 million for three applications. The funds went to the City of Hope and two to researchers at UCLA.  The agency has allotted $5 million for the covid effort.

The total number of applications to come before researchers now stands at 24, including new 12.

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