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Blog Post
7/18/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Executives of California's stem cell agency are planning to hit the road next year resulting in an eye-popping 287 percent increase in the agency's travel budget and turning some executives into globe-trotters who will spend two or three months traveling outside the state. Chairman Bob Klein is leading the race to rack up frequent-flier points. He...
News Release
7/18/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, x317; or cell, 310-292-1902
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Two consumer groups today filed an appeal in their challenge of a controversial patent on human embryonic stem cells held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). Consumer Watchdog, formerly The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights, and the Public Patent Foundation appealed to the U.S. Patent Office’s...
Blog Post
7/14/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
California stem cell agency Chairman Bob Klein has stepped down as president of the stem cell advocacy and lobbying group Americans for Cures, according to a spokesman for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine. The move came after my criticism of the advocacy group's personal attack against Sen. Sheila Kuehl, sponsor of SB 1565. The...
Blog Post
7/14/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
To his credit Bob Klein, chairman of the California stem cell agency,  has apologized to Sen. Sheila Kuehl for an unseemly personal attack from his advocacy group over the Kuehl sponsored legislation, SB 1565. But that welcome apology is not enough. Klein said he was on vacation and knew nothing about the attack article, which was published...
Blog Post
7/11/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Bob Klein's advocacy group has just apologized for its sharp personal attack on Sen. Sheila Kuehl because she supports SB 1565 and has removed the offending article from the Daily Kos blog. Co-executive directors of Americans for Cures, Amy Daly and Constance McKee are taking the blame and write the following in a message to the California Stem...
Blog Post
7/11/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Robert Klein, who is chairman of California's $6 billion stem cell agency, must resign in the wake of an inappropriate personal attack on a state senator by his lobbying group, Americans for Cures. Despite his position as chairman of the stem cell agency's board, Klein is also president of Americans for Cures, a stem cell advocacy and lobbying...
Blog Post
6/30/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Employees at the California's stem cell agency face a salary freeze for the rest of the year, "in solidarity with the state." Bob Klein, chairman of the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC) described the plan at the board's meeting on Friday as the fiscal 2008-09 budget was being discussed.  He said it was a gesture to...
Blog Post
6/24/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
David Jensen, has been beating up on the California stem cell agency on his blog, The California Stem Cell Report, for it's inability to make documents available in a timely way before public meetings.  The agency deserves it.   If California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) wants a model for how things should work, all that's...
Blog Post
6/24/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
California's  stem cell oversight committee takes up the agency's 2008-2009 $13.04 million budget at its meeting Thursday and Friday near San Francisco Airport  and members should demand  a deeper explanation its key assumptions. The new spending plan for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is a 46 percent...
News Release
6/18/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-0522, ext 317; or cell: 310-292-1902
Santa Monica, CA -- California's plans to join in cooperative stem cell research efforts with Canada and the Australian state of Victoria should be supported so long as they are based on scientific merit, not merely the glamour and glitz of playing on the world stage, said Consumer Watchdog. The nonpartisan, nonprofit group, formerly The...