The California stem cell agency Thursday awarded UC Davis $7.9 million to create an “Alpha” stem cell clinic that will serve patients in a 33-county area in Northern California.
The award brings to about $140 million the funds that the campus has received from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the agency is formally known. It will be the first Alpha Clinic in most northern reaches of the state.
The primary function of the clinic is to support and conduct clinical trials testing the safety and effectiveness of potential stem cell therapies. Three other Alpha Clinics currently exist in Southern California.
CIRM also awarded $8 million to UC San Francisco and Childrens’ Hospital in Oakland to create a new Alpha Clinic in the Bay Area to deal primarily with possible therapies afflicting children.
Jensen, a retired Bee editor, has covered the stem cell agency since 2005 on his blog, the California Stem Cell Report