Regenerative Medicine.
Aug 12, 2020 12:00 PM
Kevin McCormack
Regenerative Medicine.

Kevin McCormack is the communications director at the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine or CIRM, the state’s stem cell agency. The agency was created by voters when they approved Proposition 71 in 2004. It gave the agency $3 billion to fund stem cell research in California. Kevin considers himself to be the official translator for the agency, working to turn complex language about equally complex science into everyday English that anyone can understand. He was educated in England and got a degree in politics so of course he then became a sports journalist at the BBC in London. After moving to the US he spent more than 20 years working here as a journalist, most of that in TV news here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

 

It's been 15 years since CIRM opened its doors and, with another initiative on the November ballot to refund the agency, Kevin is here to tell us what CIRM has done with the money so far and how it’s helped make California the global center of this research.