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Archive for the ‘Stem Cells’ Category

Tracking the Fruits of California Stem Cell Agency Research

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

The California stemcell agency yesterday shed some interesting light on the awards in its $41million round this week and their pathway to actually producing a product thatcan be used to treat persons who are suffering from diseases.It is a difficult andlong journey to generate usable therapies, a process poorly understood by thepublic, which was promised […]

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Stem Cell Agency Pays Tribute to the Late Duane Roth

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

The governing board of the California stem cell agency today paid tribute to the late Duane Roth, co- vice chairman of the agency, who died recently as the result of a bicycle accident.With members of Roth's family present, CIRM Chairman J.T. Thomas characterized Roth, 63, as a "voice of reason" on the 29-member board. The […]

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$41 Million in California Stem Cell Grants Virtually Approved

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

Directors of the California stem cell agency today all but approved about $41 million in early translational grants, rejecting all appeals by applicants and accepting staff recommendations on marginal grants.The roll call vote was held open this morning to record a vote by one board member who was not present at the time. It is […]

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UCLA Snags $3.6 Million from California Stem Cell Agency

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

UCLA scored today with at least two grants, totaling $3.6 million, from the California stem cell agency. Seeking the cash were Donald Kohn,  application 6823, and Gerald Lipshutz, application 6831. Both of the  grants are for $1.8 million each. Their applications were initially in the agency's tier two category, which means that CIRM's reviewers did not approve them […]

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Stem Cell Agency Seeks Stronger Ties with Possible Industry Funding Partners

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

The California stem cell agency today triggered a new program aimed at recruiting major biotech and venture capital firms to assist in providing tens of millions of dollars for research by California enterprises.The effort, part of an $80 million business-friendly initiative, was approved by the agency's governing board on a voice vote.Participating companies will have […]

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UCLA Takes Four of 13 Awards Today; One Business Wins

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

The California stem cell agency hasmade it official, sending out its press release on the $41 million in grantsapproved today for institutions throughout the state. Most of the 13 awards, as usual, went to organizations represented on the governing board ofthe agency. Individual board members, however, are barred from voting on specific grantsto their organizations. UCLA topped the […]

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Skin in California’s Stem Cell Game

Sunday, September 1st, 2013

The California stem cell agency’s road map to itsfinancial future makes a big, $200 million assumption.The amount would be the agency’s skin in the game for a new,public-private partnership to continue with the agency’s work after 2017, whenits cash basically runs out. The $200 million figure is contained in theassumptions for development of the proposed […]

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California Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Pay-for-Eggs Legislation

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown todayvetoed a fertility industry-backed measure that would have permittedwomen to sell their eggs for the purposes of scientific research.In his veto message, Brown said,“Not everything in life is for salenor should it be.”The bill would have repealed a ban oncompensation of women who provide their eggs for scientific purposes.The measure would […]

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Bonilla: Veto of Pay-for-Eggs Bill Shows Troubling Mindset

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

A Democratic state legislator todayassailed Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown's “mindset” as “particularlytroubling” in his veto of legislation that would have allowed womento sell their eggs for scientific research.The statement came from AssemblywomanSusan Bonilla, D-Concord, in response to Brown's action on herfertility-industry sponsored bill, AB926, which would have removed aban on compensation for women who provide […]

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‘Butter and Eggs Money” and a Gubernatorial Veto

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

NancyScheper-Hughes, professor of medical anthropology at UC Berkeley anddirector of OrgansWatch, is one of the opponents of the legislation that would havepermitted women to sell their eggs for research. Today she filed thefollowing comment on the “troubling mindset” item on theCalifornia Stem Cell Report.“Jerry Brown'sveto of AB926which would allow young women to be paid for […]

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Duane Roth: Ecumenical Innovator for San Diego and Biotech

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The Xconomy news service today carrieda sterling look at the contributions that Duane Roth, co-vicechairman of the California stem cell agency, made before his untimelydeath as the result of a bicycle accident.Reporter Bruce Bigelow pulled togethera host of comments concerning Roth's involvement in the San Diegocommunity, ranging from biotech to action sports companies. Theheadline on […]

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A $6 Billion Question: Progress of the California Stem Cell Agency

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

The headlines march like legions across theInternet and throughout the world.“New type of stem cell helps your fingers regenerate”“Stem cell technology can mass-produce cancer-killing cells to target tumours”"Stem-celltreatment restores sight to blind man”“Special stem cells could heal hearts”But then there is this extraordinarilyrare headline that sounds a harshly different note:“Stem cells: what happened to the […]

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Stem Cell Agency’s Duane Roth Eulogized at Memorial Services

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

An estimated 1,000 persons attendedservices last week for Duane Roth, co-vice chairman of the Californiastem cell agency, who died at the age of 63 following a bicycleaccident.The San Diego U-T reported,“A Who’sWho of San Diego’s technology, business and civic communitygathered Friday to bid farewell to Duane Roth.The biotech entrepreneur, community leader and director of Connectdied last […]

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‘Paradigm Shift’ — Researchers as Patient Advocates?

Sunday, August 18th, 2013

It is not easy for a stem cellscientist to break into “print” in that bastion of Americancapitalism, Forbes magazine. Much less one from that perceivedantithesis of free enterprise, Reed College.But researcher Paul Knoepfler of UCDavis has done just that.John Farrell of Forbes wrote about Knoepfler onFriday in the wake of the announcement Knoepfler will be […]

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California Stem Cell Agency on Lacks: Informed Consent Cannot Remove All Questions

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

(Photo and caption from the stem cell agency blog item this morning.)The $3 billion California stem cellagency today weighed in on the Henrietta Lacks-NIH arrangementrestricting the use of her cell lines in research.Writing on the agency's blog, GeoffLomax, the agency's senior officer for its standards group, notedthat the DNA sequence of her cell line was […]

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Memorial Services Friday for Duane Roth, Co-vice chairman of the California Stem Cell Agency

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

A memorial service for Duane Roth,co-vice chairman of the California stem cell agency, will be heldFriday at 11 a.m. at Immaculata Church at the University of SanDiego.Roth died Saturday from injuriessuffered in an accident last month while bicycling in the mountainseast of San Diego. He was 63.San Diego has seen an outpouring oftributes in the […]

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Californians Top List of Stem Cell Honorees

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Californians dominated the list of those to be honored at the World Stem Cell Summit coming up in SanDiego this December.They include fellow blogger PaulKnoepfler, a stem cell scientist at UC Davis, and Roman Reed, the San Francisco Bay Area stem cell activist and son of another stem cell advocate, Don Reed. Both are among the […]

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The Henrietta Lacks Story and Eggs, Money and Motherhood

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

The legacy of Henrietta Lacks popped upagain today in a piece in the New York Times that shouldresonate among stem cell researchers and within the stem cellindustry.It even has a current hook involvingCalifornia legislation to permit women to sell their eggs for thepurposes of scientific research – a bill that is now on the desk […]

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Skloots, Collins and More on Henrietta Lacks’ Cell Line Deal

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

More details about the unprecedentedarrangement involving Henrietta Lacks' cell line emerged today in awide range of publications, including a Nature journal piece thatsaid it was not a precedent.The article was co-authored by FrancisCollins, head of the NIH, and Kathy Hudson, deputy director forscience, outreach and policy at the NIH.“It is important to note, however,that we […]

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CIRM’s Roth Dies Following Bike Accident

Sunday, August 11th, 2013

Duane Roth, co-vice chairman of theCalifornia stem cell agency, died yesterday from brain injuriessuffered in a bicycle accident two weeks ago.Duane Roth, Connect photoRoth, CEO of Connect, a San Diegoorganization aimed at fostering technology entrepreneurship,succumbed yesterday afternoon at the UC San Diego Medical Center, theSan Diego U-T reported. He was 63.An avid bicyclist, Roth was […]

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