imagesThe California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) is the state agency established under the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Act which provides $3B in funding for stem cell research at California universities and research institutions. CIRM’s role is to administer grants and loans for stem cell research, research facilities and other important stem cell opportunities.

The mission is “accelerate stem cell treatments to patients with unmet needs.” Our funding promotes all areas of stem cell research that show promise to accelerating treatments to patients in need. Some therapies that come out of stem cell research involve transplanting the cells themselves. Others will be drugs that were discovered through modeling diseases in a petri dish. Still others will be diagnostics that allow doctors to diagnose and treat diseases more effectively—or through technologies that open up whole new fields of research.

California’s stem cell agency closely monitors progress in stem cell research and targets funding in areas most likely to lead to new therapies. CIRM is “funding great research, training new scientists and working with industry leaders to make sure our grantees succeed–and that the people of California benefit.”