Criticism prompts Calif. stem cell agency to propose changes

01/28/2013 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine is proposing big changes after a report by the Institute of Medicine that found conflicts of interest. The state's stem cell funding agency has been responsible for allocating $1.7 billion to dozens of institutions conducting research on stem cells, but watchdogs have criticized the way the agency had been run. Proposed changes include no longer allowing board members from research institutions competing for CIRM funding to vote on grants, as well as clarified roles for the board's leadership and staff.

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