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Senate Health Committee, Senate Subcommittee on Stem Cell Research Oversight, Assembly Health Committee, Assembly Judiciary Committee

San Francisco, California

My name is Jesse Reynolds. I am the director of the Project on Biotechnology Accountability at the Center for Genetics and Society, a public interest organization advocating responsible societal governance of the new human biotechnologies. We support human embryonic stem cell research and its public funding, but have raised many concerns about Proposition 71 and the activities of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak.

As we have heard today, intellectual property is perhaps the most pressing issue facing the CIRM. An IP policy must be in place before any grants, including training grants, are issued.

The Center for Genetics and Society believes that provisions regarding returns to the state and accessible pricing must be made explicit before individual grant agreements are negotiated. This will make it much easier to secure terms that benefit the citizens of California.

IP policy has a major influence on all aspects of stem cell research and applications....