California's stem cell agency was created in 2004 when 59% of California voters approved Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. That initiative created the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) to fund stem cell research in the state.
In addition to creating the agency, Prop 71 created a 29-member governing board composed of researchers, business leaders and patient advocates.
We held our first meeting in December, 2004 to begin hiring a president, finding a headquarters, and establishing the three working groups to advise the board. The agency moved into headquarters in San Francisco in 2005 and issued the first round of funding in 2006.
Since then, the agency has funded research and new facilities and has trained high school, undergraduate and graduate students for careers in stem cell science. Here, you can learn more about the results of that funding: