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Creating Critical Mass at a California Stem Cell Consortium

News about the California stem cell agency is dominated by such matters as $70 million Alpha stem cell rounds and clinical trials but other significant activities occur below that high level surface.


One such event is the creation of a state-of-the-art imaging facility at the Sanford Consortium in the San Diego, a facility that...

California Stem Cell Report
Los Angeles Times: California Stem Cell Agency Rife with Conflicts and Unrealistic Expectations

The Los Angeles Times, California’s largest circulation newspaper, is carrying a piece this weekend about “cronyism,” conflicts of interest and “inflated expectations” at the state’s $3 billion stem cell agency.


The column by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and author Michael Hiltzik used this month’s Trounson Affair as a starting point to dissect the situation...

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California-funded Stem Cell Diabetes Treatment Edges Forward

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The California stem cell agency’s $39 million investment in a possible therapy for diabetes moved forward this week with the announcement that the treatment could enter clinical trials as early as next month.

ViaCyte, a San Diego, Ca., firm, and the agency announced yesterday that the firm has applied with the FDA to...

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State Agency Running Medi-Cal Didn’t Know How Many Docs Took its Insurance

Jul 17, 2014

By Hannah Guzik

The California agency that oversees the state’s low-income health plan vastly overstated the number of doctors who accepted patients through the state program last year, even as the number of people enrolled in the program was set to skyrocket under the federal Affordable Care Act, the California Health Report has found.

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StemCells, Inc., Says Patient Endangerment Charges Lack Merit

StemCells, Inc., said late today that charges that is endangering patients in clinical trials have no merit and that the company’s primary concern is the safety of its patients.

The Newark, Ca., company was responding to a lawsuit filed earlier this week that alleges the firm is manufacturing human cells in a process that...

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California Stem Agency Examining Lawsuit Alleging Patient Endangerment and ‘False Certification’

The California stem cell agency today said it is reviewing a lawsuit involving the recipient of a $19.4 million award that alleges the firm is manufacturing human cells in a process that puts “patients at risk of infection or death.”


The most serious allegations against StemCells, Inc., of Newark, Ca., involve its clinical trials. The stem...

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Denti-Cal Patients Feel the Pain as Rates Shrink

Jul 16, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

A few years ago, Kathleen Hamilton became a foster mom to 13 and 14 year old boys, who also happened to be her nephews. Both needed extensive dental work, and the services were to be covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. But year after year, Hamilton ran into a snag.

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Denti-Cal Patients Feel the Pain as Rates Shrink

Jul 16, 2014

By Pamela K. Johnson

A few years ago, Kathleen Hamilton became a foster mom to 13 and 14 year old boys, who also happened to be her nephews. Both needed extensive dental work, and the services were to be covered by the state’s Medi-Cal program. But year after year, Hamilton ran into a snag.

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California Stem Cell Report
California Lawsuit Charges StemCells, Inc., with Putting Patients at Risk

A former senior manager at StemCells, Inc., which holds a $19.4 million award from the California stem cell agency, has filed a lawsuit alleging that “deficiencies in the company's cell lines put patients at risk of infection or death during clinical trials.”


The charges were contained in a suit by Rob Williams in Alameda County...

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A Nature Post Mortem on the Scripps-USC deal and Faculty Rebellion

The journal Nature took a look this week at the vicissitudes at The Scripps Research Institute, including its now defunct, $600 million merger with USC as well as the Scripps faculty uprising.


The July 15 piece was written by Erika Check Hayden, who reported,

“Scripps faculty members…felt that the (USC) deal sold them short. In...

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