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Editorial: Conflicted oversight - Stem cell committee could learn from NIHSacramento BeeFebruary 6th, 2005"If the committee wants to retain a semblance of credibility, it needs to set ethics standards that are as strong, if not stronger, than those of the NIH. Committee members... must divest themselves of any biotech holdings."
Firm hired to help find first stem cell chiefby Carl T. HallSan Francisco Chronicle February 4th, 2005Facing a May target for issuing its first stem cell research grants, directors of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine hired professional help Thursday to hunt for a chief executive while its first few staffers settle into temporary headquarters in the East Bay.
Scrutiny for chief of stem cell panel: He might benefit from fund raising, critics sayby Laura MecoySacramento BeeFebruary 4th, 2005"As a panel laid the groundwork for the state's new stem cell research agency Thursday, critics suggested its chairman could benefit from fund-raising to pay off Proposition 71 campaign debts owed to him and others."
5 with Prop. 71 campaign land jobs at new instituteby Terri SomersSan Diego Union-TribuneFebruary 4th, 2005"Five people who worked on the stem cell initiative that voters approved in November are among the first eleven employees of the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine.... [with] salaries ranging from $95,000 to $125,000."
Letter from CGS to members of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine's Independent Citizens Oversight Committeeby Marcy DarnovskyFebruary 2nd, 2005
Public interest group calls for ICOC to adopt rules for public accountability and transparencyFebruary 2nd, 2005
Watchdog wants stem cell leaders at first meetingby Carl T. HallSan Francisco ChronicleJanuary 29th, 2005"State Sen. Deborah Ortiz, D-Sacramento, said Friday that she intended to call leaders of the Proposition 71 stem cell program to Sacramento for the first meeting of a new watchdog panel."
Opinion: Prop. 71: Boon or boondoggle?Los Angeles Daily BreezeJanuary 28th, 2005The California IRM "has all the characteristics of a gigantic boondoggle designed by those who stand to benefit, sold by an emotionally based wish list to voters who are unqualified to evaluate such complex measures."
Stem cell institute, under scrutiny, seeks a leaderby Timothy RobertsSan Jose Business JournalJanuary 23rd, 2005The new California Institute for Regenerative Medicine seeks its first president, but critics are concerned of potential conflicts of interests and whether the president could act inpendent of CIRM governing board chair Robet Klein.
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