February 2011 Digest
CIRM February Digest
UCSF and UC Merced open new CIRM-funded research buildings
In February, UCSF and UC Merced unveiled new stem cell research buildings that were funded in part by CIRM's Major Facilities grant awards. With these openings, eight of the twelve Major Facilities grant recipients currently have buildings up and running. The remaining four facilities are under construction and all but one is expected to open its doors this year.
New research resources for CIRM grant recipients
In February, CIRM posted links to several directories of California companies in the Regenerative Medicine field. The directory categories include therapy development, R&D support, GMP manufactering, and Banks/Registries. We encourage our CIRM grantees to explore these new resources. Links to the "List of California Regenerative Medicine Companies" can be found on the CIRM Research Resources page.
New Video: Valentine's Day Stem Cell Wish - Mending Broken Hearts
CIRM posted this 40 second video to celebrate Valentine's Day. The video shows embryonic stem cells that have been grown into beating heart cells in a lab dish. CIRM grantees are working to develop new therapies for heart disease based on these cells.