Alan Trounson on stem cell progress, new clinics and the pace of research

CIRM President Alan Trounson

Patt Morrison of the L.A. Times had a wide-ranging conversation with CIRM President Alan Trounson, which appears in today’s paper. The conversation included cell lines generated from cloning, personal attacks during his work developing IVF technology and conflicts of interest, among other topics.

One of the things they discussed was the alpha clinic initiative, which will come before our Governing Board in July. The idea is to set up a network of clinics in California to deliver stem cell-based therapies. Trounson says:

It will make California a go-to place for stem cell therapies. I want to make sure it’s part of our medical fabric.

About the pace of research, Trounson had this to say:

I think we’re way ahead of what people predicted. Nevertheless, it takes a lot of time to do this. I think we’re hurrying carefully.

I was also rather fond of what Trounson (who is Australian) had to say about life in California:

[My colleagues] always say, “You’ve got the best job in the world. How did California do this?” That’s California. California is a can-do place, and when they want something, they stand up and do it. Many of [my colleagues] want to come to California. It’s just a wonderful place. You could sail it off the coast of America and it would be the most wonderful country in the world.

Read the full article for more on the money California will get from patents that come out of CIRM-funded research and scientific progress to-date.


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