Marie Csete will resign her post from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine as of Aug 1st, according to the California Stem Cell Report, Consumer Watchdog and the Silicon Valley Business Journal. The resignation comes just before a huge round of grants aiming to push stem cells toward clinical trials is due to be awarded.From the Silicon Valley Business Journal: State stem cell agency’s science officer to resign by Ron Leuty, June 24, 2009. Excerpt:
Csete has been an important part of CIRM’s effort to not only review and award grants but, highlighted most recently, to monitor grants after awards have been made. CIRM terminated three research grants this month due to lack of progress.From the California Stem cell Report: Csete Quits CIRM on Eve of Huge Grant Round by David Jensen, June 24, 2009. Excerpt:
Csete's departure comes as the agency is about to embark on its most ambitious and largest round of research grants – a complex, $210 million “disease team” effort aimed at pushing research towards clinical trials.