Friday, October 09, 2020

Head of Prop. 14 Stem Cell Campaign Schedules Internet Appearance for Tomorrow

The leader of the campaign to approve $5.5 billion for stem cell research in California is scheduled to appear on an Internet broadcast tomorrow during which he will deliver what the campaign calls an "important" and "special" message. 

The announcement of the appearance of Robert Klein came on short notice this afternoon. Klein, a Palo Alto real estate developer, not only heads the campaign but sponsored Proposition 14, the 17,000-word initiative that would greatly expand the scope of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the state stem cell agency is officially known. 

The agency was created in 2004 through another ballot initiative, also sponsored by Klein, who became its first chairman under the terms of that stem cell initiative.  The $3 billion provided by the 2004 measure is all but gone, and the stem cell agency will begin closing its doors this winter without more cash. 

The announcement of the campaign event, which involves the campaign's student ambassadors, was made this afternoon by Melissa King, director of field operations for the campaign. King is also executive director of the nonprofit Americans for Cures, a stem cell advocacy group founded by Klein. 

King made the announcement in an email message to campaign supporters. She said  Klein would appear during the last half hour of a one-hour webinar at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow (Oct. 10) at 12:30 p.m. PDT.  Here is the Zoom link to join:

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