Thank you

Bob Klein

These last few days have been interesting on so many levels. First the presidential race has kept the nation on tenterhooks. Closer to home the vote count for Proposition 14, to refunded CIRM, has been painstakingly slow (by the way, painstakingly means “with great care and thoroughness” for which we thank all the vote counters). But now, finally, happily, we have a verdict.


 It was close, desperately so. In the end the Associated Press called the race with the count at 51% yes, to 49% no. You can understand why so many of us were so nervous for so long. But now we have something to celebrate.

As Jonathan Thomas, JD, PhD, the Chair of our Board said: “We are thrilled to see Proposition 14 approved by the voters of California. We are proud of what we have achieved so far – the cures and therapies we helped develop, the billions we brought into the state in additional investments, and the tens of thousands of jobs we created – and we look forward to continuing that work.

“We are honored by the trust the people of California have placed in us, and by the support of our extraordinary patient advocate community and by the many Chambers of Commerce around California who have all recognized our historic achievements.

“We are already working on ways to repay that trust and bring stem cell and regenerative therapies to all the people of this great state, particularly for communities that have traditionally been overlooked or underserved.” 

In a news release on the Californians for Cures website, Bob and Danielle Klein, who led the Yes on 14 campaign, were understandably delighted:  

“The success of Prop. 14 sends a clear message from California voters that one of the most important investments our state can make is in the future health of our families. Over the past decade, California has made incredibly thoughtful and impactful investments in developing stem cell therapies and cures for diseases and conditions like diabetes, cancer, blindness, Parkinson’s, paralysis and many more; now we know this progress and work to mitigate human suffering, restore health and improve the human condition will continue. A special thank you to California’s voters and our supporters in passing this critical measure. Today would not have been possible without our historically unprecedented coalition of patient advocate organizations and individuals – the heart and soul of this campaign – who worked tirelessly to overcome all obstacles and help secure a victory for patients and their families, and deliver hope to those searching for a cure for generations to come.”

To all of you who voted for us, thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

To all the people who worked so hard to get Prop 14 passed, thank you. We are indebted to you.

OK, gotta go. We have work to do.

5 thoughts on “Thank you

  1. Hi my name is Marie frisch-koehler and I am a patient at Stanford. I had a stroke six years ago and looking to enter a trial with stem cells for stroke recovery. I know that Dr. Steinberg at Stanford did some trials and they had success with the stem husband and I had a sign made for ou front lawn that said yes on 14 and I asked all my friends to vote yes and a lot of them did.
    It is very exciting to see what the future will bring in this exciting field HOpefully we can catch up with the rest of the world.
    Thank you

    • Thank you and your husband and friends for supporting us Marie. We hope that this next version of CIRM is going to be even more successful than the first one, and able to bring treatments for people like yourself.

  2. Thankfully Proposition 14 passed. Maybe it was nearly defeated because Californians are nearly taxed to death. Maybe those companies that stand to make billions of dollars because of the public money should be asked to pay it back. If they just paid the interest on the debt it would be a great gift to the citizens of California.

    Steve Knief

  3. I have just published a book on stem cells – The Ethical Challenges of the Stem Cell Revolution – that uses information from The Stem Cellar extensively. There is a chapter on CIRM. If I have the publisher, Cambridge Scholars Press, send you a copy would you be willing to mention it in The Stem Cellar?

    Audrey Chapman, UConn School of Medicine

    • Hello Audrey, congratulations on getting your book published. I’d certainly be interested in reading it and perhaps we’d be able to mention it in The Stem Cellar. Could I get an e-book? Thanks very much. Kevin McCormack

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