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News Story
5/31/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The board overseeing California's stem cell agency will elect a new chairman this month to succeed Bob Klein, a moment that offers members an opportunity to correct the agency's dysfunctional management structure. They must also decide whether to pay Klein's successor nearly a half-million dollars. Two candidates have been...
News Story
2/20/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
California taxpayers have spent $135 million in recent years building state-of-the-art research facilities on four private campuses for stem cell research — an expense some critics have questioned in the face of California’s budget crisis. In 2008, the state’s publicly funded stem cell research agency approved $270 million...
News Story
12/15/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
The architect and chairman of the California’s $3 billion stem cell agency is set to keep his job for a little longer. In a near-unanimous decision with one abstention, the agency’s board of directors resolved today to reelect Bob Klein — the man who co-wrote the ballot initiative that created the California Institute of...
News Story
12/14/2010
Posted by John M. Simpson
The following Op-Ed commentary by John M. Simpson was published in the Sacramento Bee on Tuesday, December 14, 2010:   As his six-year term comes to an end, Bob Klein should be high-fiving his way around a victory lap, basking in accolades for his substantial accomplishments as the first chairman of the California Institute for...
News Story
12/1/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Bob Klein founded the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, the biggest state-run research project in US history. What legacy will he leave behind?    James Harrison had just stepped out to grab a sandwich when his mobile phone rang. Bob Klein, chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), was on...
News Story
11/28/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
Lured by visions of nearly magical medical solutions for everything from cancer to Alzheimer's, California voters six years ago approved a plan to borrow billions of dollars to pay scientists to look into human embryonic stem cell research. Today the unprecedented $3 billion research effort by the California Institute for Regenerative...
News Story
11/22/2010
Posted by Mark Reback
After six years, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has faced questions about leaders' pay and the lack of medical breakthroughs. But its chairman plans to ask voters for another $3 billion in bonds. When millionaire Silicon Valley real estate developer Bob Klein launched his ballot drive to create a $3-billion state fund...
News Story
6/15/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Palo Alto biotech company StemCells has approved the research use for free of its patented technology by a children's research hospital, clearing the way for greater study of conditions such as autism, brain cancer and neurological disease. The conclusion of three years of negotiations between the company and Children's Hospital of Orange County...
News Story
5/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
When a child dies of brain disease at Children's Hospital of Orange County, Philip H. Schwartz meets with the parents, explains his research and asks them to donate their child's brain to his quest for a cure. "These are not easy conversations to have," he said. "There are expectations by parents that if they allow us to do that to...
News Story
5/4/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Wisconsin Group's Patent Rejected Potentially opening the way to greater freedom in stem cell research, the U.S. patent office has reversed a key decision that enabled a Wisconsin research foundation to maintain patents on all embryonic stem cells used for research within the United States. Consumer groups that challenged the patents claimed a...