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“Having worked as a consultant for a biotechnology software startup, I have seen the challenges of developing new medical treatments up close. Thus, I have a degree of understanding of what CIRM is facing. While new therapies or cures have yet to emerge from CIRM-funded research, knowledge of stem cell function and disease processes has advanced dramatically.
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“However, CIRM could also more effectively communicate research advances to the general public, who remain largely uninformed about its progress, achievements and future goals. Despite this communication gap, I believe the research the CIRM has conducted lays the groundwork for treatments that will hopefully be available in the near future.”