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Blog Post
6/24/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Dr. Marie Csete has resigned as chief science officer at California's stem cell agency effective Aug. 1 after a little more than a year with the organization. I'd say her departure after such a short tenure -- and with no clear indication of where she is headed next -- speaks volumes about CIRM's management.  Or should I say, mismanagement....
Blog Post
6/11/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Bob Klein, chairman of California's  stem cell agency oversight board, plans to step down at the end of his six-year term in 2010. He made his plans clear during a meeting of the board's Finance Committee Thursday. Klein noted that including his involvement in writing and campaigning for Proposition 71 that created the agency he "will...
Blog Post
5/26/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Los Angeles Times business columnist Michael Hiltzik has just explored the situation thwarting noncommercial neural stem cell research because of patents controlled by StemCells Inc. of Palto Alto, CA.  Sadly the scientific heavyweights who could resolve the issue with a simple telephone call are remaining mum. I first shed light on the...
News Release
5/20/2009
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NIH Should Fix Standards To Allow Use Of Current Stem Cell Lines Santa Monica, CA -- Regulations governing stem cell research proposed by the Obama Administration -- unless modified before final implementation on July 1 -- prohibit federal funding of important research that had received funding under the Bush Administration, Consumer Watchdog said...
Blog Post
4/15/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
A nonprofit Orange County research institute's efforts to promote research with human neural stem cells has effectively been blocked by a stem cell company's patents. The National Human Neural Stem Cell Resource, run by Children's Hospital of Orange County Research Institute, had been providing neural stem cells to other researchers, mostly at...
Blog Post
4/1/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
Stanford University's School of Medicine has just taken a huge step to build trust in its 1,200 physicians and faculty.  It will post online their medical- and research-related consulting activities with business. California's stem cell agency should take notice and follow the private university's example. Stanford's action puts it  in...
Blog Post
3/23/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of new U.S. Patent and Trademark Office regulations that would curtail abusive behavior by patent applicants and improve patent quality. Consumer Watchdog was one of a number of public interest groups that joined with the Public Patent Foundation at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (PUBPAT) in filing a...
Blog Post
3/19/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
The fallout from the bonus scandal at AIG could help bring about a change in federal research funding policy that would benefit taxpayers. At least that's Dave Jensen's view, expressed on his widely respected blog, The California Stem Cell Report. He wrote: "The bailout brouhaha creates a golden opportunity for Consumer Watchdog and like-...
News Release
3/9/2009
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Lauds Lifting of Ban And Calls On President Obama To Follow Policies Established By California Stem Cell Agency Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today praised President Obama for lifting Bush era restrictions on federal funding of stem cell research and called on him to implement further policy changes that would allow taxpayers to share...
Blog Post
2/19/2009
Posted by John M. Simpson
The California stem cell agency Friday holds its second meeting aimed at the biotech industry to discuss revisions in its strategic plan. One proposal is a terrible idea. In Section 2  "Collaborating with Industry"  the plan envisions close cooperation with the biotech industry or else, it says,  the California Institute...