World stem cell research center opens
in San Francisco
From the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
November 2, 2005
The permanent headquarters of the California Institute for Regenerative
Medicine (CIRM) opened its doors for the first time yesterday
in San Francisco. City Mayor Gavin Newsom and ICOC Chairman Bob
Klein cut the ribbon to 210 King Street this morning and toured
the remodeled 20,000 square-foot facility.
ICOC Chairman Robert Klein and Mayor Gavin Newsom
"We are deeply indebted to the generosity of the philanthropists
and local businesses who took extraordinary measures to bring
California's stem cell agency home to San Francisco," said
"Their dedication is a tribute our city's unwavering commitment
to innovation as scientists search for new methods to treat the
world's most challenging diseases and injuries. From an initial
conversation this spring to seeing a beautiful new headquarters
now, this is a proud moment for the leaders and people of San
"In the history of California, this marks the first time
a city and its civic leadership have come together to provide
ten years of free rent to attract a new state agency headquarters,"
"This will serve to bring together the collaboration of
more than twelve countries who participate with California in
the leadership of the stem cell medical research frontier because
of the paralysis in Washington, D.C. California is once again
leading on a frontier and the Bay Area is at the center of that
As part of a bidding process to determine the location of its
permanent headquarters, CIRM asked local governments, working
in partnership with building owners, to provide approximately
17,000 square feet of office space at little or no cost. San Francisco
was selected as the permanent headquarters by the ICOC on the
May 6 meeting in Fresno.
The city's package included free hotel and conference facilities,
with architectural design donated by Gensler, construction provided
by Hathaway Dinwiddie, and office furniture provided at a deep
discount by Haworth.
CIRM was established in 2004 with the passage of Proposition
71, the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative. The
institute is responsible for disbursing $3 billion in State funds
for stem cell research to California universities and research
institutions over the next ten years and is overseen and governed
by the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee (ICOC).
Bob Klein and Consul General of Canada, Marc Lepage
CIRM board member Jeff Sheehy, left, with Newsom,
Klein, and fellow CRIM board member Michael Goldberg
For more information, visit www.cirm.ca.gov.
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