Stem Cell Research: Strengthening Governance to Further the Voter’s Mandate

Report #198, June 2009

OVERVIEW

In this report, the Commission calls on the state to strengthen the stem cell board. The Commission urges the state to reform the governance structure of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to improve transparency and accountability and speed its success in finding cures through stem cell research.

During its review, the Commission found that despite its work toward finding cures through stem cell research grants, the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine’s governing board is vulnerable to perceptions of self-interest and lacks a plan for leadership beyond today’s board structure.

The Commission recommends changes to its board makeup, oversight and processes for more efficiency and transparency.

This review was requested by Senators Kuehl and Runner in an April 28, 2008, request letter to the Commission.