Wednesday, September 03, 2008

S.1565 on California's CIRM

Californiastemcellreport noted:

Governor Schwarzenegger has until Sept. 30 to act on S-1565 (designed to ensure affordable access to stem cell therapies developed as a result of state funding arising from CIRM). Otherwise it will go into effect without his signature. He could veto it. An override of the veto would seem remote even though the bill passed overwhelmingly. No negative votes were recorded until the measure hit the Assembly and then only a handful. It finally went to the governor after the Senate on Aug. 29 concurred, 37-1, in Assembly amendments.

IPBiz notes that the issues with S-1565 arise from the tension between Proposition 71 as a "funding for basic research" vs. "funding for cures." It is unlikely that the funding for CIRM will lead to any cures in the ten year time span, and things like S-1565 are just going to accentuate that reality on the long term. Even at this late date, CIRM hasn't tied down its IP policy, and has contracted an attorney for IP advice who is not a registered patent attorney. On the near term, the opposition from CIRM and academics to S-1565 illustrates to the least-gifted that CIRM was never really about cures; it was about funding research and creating empires. New Jerseyans just said "no" to that nonsense last year when they voted down the stem cell bond proposal.

From californiastemcellreport:

Kuehl said the bill is needed because Prop. 71 "lacks any provisions" to ensure that poor and uninsured Californians will be able to receive state-funded therapies at "the best available prices." She is joined by a raft of supporters included health access groups, retired persons, nurses and others.

Problem #1 is that the probability for "state-funded therapies" on a 10 year time scale is about ZERO. [Gee, one keeps hearing a chant of "zero" from somewhere.]

Problem #2 is that CIRM doesn't really care about poor and uninsured Californians.


from WCTV

cosmetic surgeons in Japan, Europe and a few in the U.S., are using human stem cells for breast augmentation.
Advocates say the procedure, which uses fat harvested from elsewhere in a woman's body fortified with stem cells, results in breasts that look and feel more natural than those with silicone implants.
Surgeons have tried to use fat to enlarge breasts for decades, but the fat would die.
Those using stem-cell fortification say it allows the fat to develop blood vessels, and because the injected substance comes from the patient's body, she will not reject it.


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