November 23, 2020

The Niche

Knoepfler lab stem cell blog

CIRM President

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The idea of CIRM as a dedicated state stem cell agency was one of the things that got me excited about starting my time as a professor doing research on stem cells in California way back in 2005-2006 on the job hunt. Fast forwarding to today now 11 years later, CIRM is still on the cutting edge, but some major things have changed for California’s stem cell agency and as it looks to its future, the questions and challenges are different too. By analogy, …Read More

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CIRM announced today that its President and CEO, Randy Mills, is soon leaving for a new job as President of the National Marrow Donor Program/Be The Match in Minnesota. Update: Dr. Maria Millan, the CIRM Vice President of Therapeutics, will be its leader starting July 1 until a new leader is chosen. For this kind of position three years is a relatively short tenure so CIRM will need to scramble a bit to keep continuity and momentum as it searches for and ultimately puts in …Read More

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The future is now. Or so goes the expression. For CIRM, it rings true today. Last year I blogged about what we might expect from the new CIRM that would evolve and take form in the future. I was particularly thinking about this coming incarnation of CIRM, which I called CIRM 2.0, as it related to post-2017 when existing Prop. 71 state funding will run out and I was making the case for additional state funding for beyond 2017 for CIRM. However, the stem …Read More

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CIRM, the California Stem Cell Agency, is looking for a new President since current President Alan Trounson announced that he will be moving on at some point in the near future. CIRM itself is undergoing changes as it anticipates a key turning point in 2017 when it will not have state funding from Prop 71 any longer barring some new development. I posted before about the results of a very informal survey of stem cell bigwigs about who they were thinking about as possible …Read More