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Saturday, December 1, 2007

State Stem Cell Funding Facts

Compiled by Don C. Reed www.stemcellbattles.com

1. The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM)’s $3,000,000,000 over ten years is the largest source of embryonic stem cell research funding in the world. By early spring of 2008, the CIRM will have dedicated approximately $450 million to training, infrastructure, facilities and embryonic stem cell grants. In a small way, California was also the first state to fund embryonic stem cell research, through the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999.

2. Connecticut: SB 934, supported by Gov. M. Jody Rell, provides $10 million a year for ESCR ten years.

3. Indiana has about $50,000 invested in adult stem cell research at Indiana University, appears to want to become an adult stem cell research center.

4. Illinois: Gov. Rod Blagojevich has directed $20 million to the Illinois Regenerative Medicine Institute thus far.

5. Iowa: PENDING: Governor Chet Culver has proposed a $12.5 million Institute for Regenerative Medicine at University of Iowa.

6. Maryland: the Maryland Stem Cell Research Act of 2006 has appropriated $15 million for funding of (mixed adult and embryonic) stem cell research, of which $9 million has been distributed. (Including carryovers, state may have a total $23 million in 2008—unclear.)

7. Massachusetts: University of Massachusetts was given one million in state money to set up a stem cell institute. Additionally, a life sciences center was set up with an additional ten million funding, from which an undetermined amount of stem cell research funding may derive. PENDING is a bill for $1,000,000,000 (one billion) over ten years: Governor Deval Patrick’s bill appears to be primarily for infrastructure, education, tax breaks to encourage the biomedical industry, gap funding (supplemental funds for researchers when federal money is promised, but slow to arrive) rather than pure research grants.

8. New Jersey: blessings on Governor Corzine’s legislation authorizing $270 million in facilities grants, and an additional $10 million for stem cell research.

9. New Mexico: Governor Bill Richards proposes to spend roughly $6 million in 2008, blend of facilities ($3.8 million) and research grants ($2.2 million).

10. New York: Governor Elliott Spitzer has authorized $600 million over ten years.

11. Ohio: has spent $19.4 million on adult stem cell research. State has ability to fund Bush-approved ESCR lines, and last year dedicated $8 million additional funding to the Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

12. Texas: an unknown quantity. The $3 billion Lance Armstrong-led Cancer Act does not specifically prohibit embryonic stem cell research, and may in time contribute; however, current leadership promises there will be no such research funded. On the adult stem cell front, it is my understanding that $41.1 million is allocated for research at the University of Texas.

13. Washington: Life Sciences Discovery Fund ($350 million tobacco settlement) has no specific stem cell set-asides, but in theory could be used for stem cell research.

14. Wisconsin: Governor Doyle established a $750 million investment fund, Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a mix of public and private funds, some of which will be used to build a research facility. Note: Governor Doyle also has a special one million dollar incentive plus other helps for companies who start up embryonic stem cell efforts.

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