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Stem Cell Programs

California Institute for Regenerative Medicine or CIRM

The California Institute for Regnerative Medicine (CIRM), was created by the voters of California in 2004 when they passed Proposition 71. This authorized $3 billion in funding for stem cell research in California. In 2020, the voters again supported work funded by CIRM via Prop 14, which authorized another $5.5 billion, which will allow for the continuation of the agency and stem cell research. As a result of both of these propositions, CIRM created the CIRM Bridges to Stem Cell Research and Therapy Program, which was developed to train the next generation of stem cell scientists and laboratory technicians. There are currently 15 Bridges programs throughout California. In 2022 CIRM started the Creating Opportunities through Mentorship and Partnership Across Stem Cell Science (COMPASS) Internship, a program which will foster untapped talent and create new paths to a spectrum of careers for underserved communities. There are currently 16 COMPASS programs throughout California.

CIRM's mission is to accelerate world class science to deliver transformative regenerative medicine treatments in an equitable manner to a diverse California and the world.