A timeline of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine

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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been instrumental in stem cell research since it was first established in 2004, but it faces closure in 2022 if a ballot initiative to get it more funding is unsuccessful. 


California voters approve a $3 billion dollar ballot initiative to fund stem cell research and establish the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in Oakland. The Institute was expected to remain open for a decade, award all its grant money, then close once running out of money. 

2004 to 2019

The Institute awards $267 million in grants to institutions, grantees and grants. It expects to award the final $33 million in multiyear grants by the end of 2019. 

July 2019

Stem cell advocacy groups begin a campaign to create a ballot initiative to award the Institute $5.5 billion in additional funding. 


The Institute will oversee the last of its committed funding and close, unless the ballot initiative is successful.

Note: This timeline will be updated as future developments take place. 

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