Monday, December 21, 2020

More Information Available This Morning on Future Direction of $12 Billion, California Stem Cell Program

California's $12 billion stem cell research program, which is embarking on a major new pathway, has posted additional information online that provides some clues to its direction for the next five years. 

The information comes in the form of 33 pages of slides to be used today at a daylong, public meeting of the agency's governing board. The slides were created by Maria Millan, president of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the agency is formally known, and other top executives of the enterprise. 

While the slides need considerable explanation, which will be forthcoming later today, they provide a start for those seeking to understand how the 16-year-old agency is planning to spend $5.5 billion in the Golden State over the next decade or so. 

Beyond the 33 pages of slides, other information is being offered as well that deals with a $182 million awards budget for the next six months and new requirements for sharing research data and increasing diversity.  

Still missing is information on the launch of the agency's new effort at dealing with affordability and access questions involving stem cell treatments, a new task created by Proposition 14, the ballot initiative that saved CIRM's financial life. 

The agenda for Monday's meeting contains instructions for participating in the online meeting. Written comments are always useful as well as oral presentations. Written material can provide needed backup for the briefer oral comments and are directly in front of CIRM directors and staff. Comments should be emailed to

The session starts at 9 a.m. PST today.

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