August 9, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

CIRM 2.0

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By Heather Main (from Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa) Mesa, one of my first Spanish words since moving to California. The isolated flat-topped hill with steep sides where I have just had the pleasure of listening to some of the best basic and applied science. Mountains of various sorts formed the metaphor of CIRM 2.0 with Randy Mills (President/CEO of CIRM) describing the ‘giant boulder of love and happiness’ that academia pushes and industry pulls over the mountain of regulation, safety and efficacy bringing cures to …Read More

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CIRM has reinvented itself in a new form, CIRM 2.0, under the leadership of its new President Randy Mills. CIRM is almost like a stem cell that has changed into another new kind of stem cell. Us scientists could see the change coming in the “programming” at CIRM in terms of how it was operating as the 2.0 version, but what would it bring in practical terms? We are starting to see the new CIRM 2.0 in action and by all signs it looks pretty …Read More

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A lot has happened in 2014 in the stem cell and regenerative medicine field and so much of it has been good news. These positive developments are often the result of many years of creative, hard work by amazing teams of researchers. Here is my top 10 list of these exciting advances. 1. First IPSC study in humans by team led by Masayo Takahashi. 2. and 3. Major Diabetes advances: ViaCyte starts stem cell-based clinical trial for Diabetes and multiple teams of researchers make human …Read More

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Change is in the air for the California stem cell agency, CIRM. It has a new President, Randy Mills, and CIRM is soon going to be like a new agency too. I recently did an interview with Mills that illuminates some of the big changes that are imminent. I also asked him what his favorite type of stem cell is and his view of the regenerative medicine regulatory changes in Japan relative to those here with the FDA. Paul: Going from the biotech industry …Read More