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Blog Post
4/14/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
"I'm making you and offer you can't refuse," said Robert Goldstein. "Free money to do  good things." Goldstein, chief scientific officer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, was speaking to last week's Interstate Alliance on Stem Cell Research (IASCR)meeting at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC....
Blog Post
4/11/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Though the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) must be commended for hosting the Interstate Alliance on Stem Cell Research meeting in Washington under a policy that completely opened the meeting to the public, the august body needs to update its own procedures. During the IASCR meeting of representatives of various state stem cell funding programs...
Blog Post
4/7/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Stem cell agency President Alan Trounson told members of the Facilities Working Group (FWG) at the beginning of their two-day meeting Friday and Saturday near San Francisco Airport that they faced a "terribly hard choice in the face of a 22 percent gap between what's requested and what you've got." Twelve applicants wanted a total of...
Blog Post
4/3/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Has then California stem cell agency finally learned the value of good relations with the State Legislature? Maybe so. Back in 2006 then Senate Heath Committee Chairman Deborah Ortiz offered  SB 401 aimed at fixing some of the agency's governance problems and seeking to ensure affordable access for Californians to the fruits of the stem cell...
News Release
4/2/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-1902; cell: 310-292-1902
Unanimous Vote Comes After Consumer Watchdog Testimony in Support Of Bill Sacramento, CA -- The California Senate Health Committee today unanimously approved a bill in the California Senate intended to reform the state stem cell agency. The vote came after testimony supporting the measure by Consumer Watchdog, formerly The Foundation for Taxpayer...
News Release
4/2/2008
CONTACT CONTACT: John M. Simpson, 310-392-1902; or cell: 310-292-1902
Sacramento, CA -- In testimony to be delivered today before the Senate Health Committee, Consumer Watchdog (formerly The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights) backed a bill in the California Senate intended to reform the state stem cell agency. The bill, SB 1565, was introduced by Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-23) and Sen. George Runner (R-17) and...
Blog Post
3/27/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Remember the Interstate Alliance on Stem Cell Research? They're the folks who threw me out of their meeting last summer in Irvine, CA, even though the organization is made up of representatives of publicly funded stem cell programs across the country.  I'm glad to report the organization has come a long way since then. The notion that science...
Blog Post
3/24/2008
Posted by John M. Simpson
Back in February California's stem cell agency made a big deal of hosting a meeting of the International Stem Cell Forum. Chairman Bob Klein and his colleagues made a point of  saying at every opportunity how this demonstrated California's leading role in the worldwide stem cell research community. That's probably true, but once again stem...
Blog Post
3/14/2008
Posted By: John M. Simpson
Even though California faces a budget crisis and the state appears to be sputtering into a recession with home mortgage foreclosures at a record, one state agency thinks its the perfect time to raise salary levels for its top officials a whopping 23 percent. That's what the stem cell oversight committee did at this week's session in Sacramento....
News Release
2/28/2008
CONTACT Posted By: John M. Simpson, 310-292-1902 (cell)
Appeal Still Planned Against Narrowed Claims SANTA MONICA, CA -- Closer analysis of the patent office's decision on a human embryonic stem cell patent held by the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) shows the following gains made for researchers: • The original broad patent was abandoned showing it was underserved and new amended...