CIRM set to hire agency by January

SAN FRANCISCO: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a state-backed institute for embryonic stem cell research, has launched a search for a firm to support its public information and education efforts.

SAN FRANCISCO: The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), a state-backed institute for embryonic stem cell research, has launched a search for a firm to support its public information and education efforts.

The institute will have a budget of up to $300,000 for 2008, said Melissa King, director of board relations for the ICOC, the institute's governing board. King said the work will focus on media relations, education, and outreach to health organizations.

The institute is looking for firms with a background in education campaigns for complicated science-related topics, King said. The group's board hopes to announce its decision by the end of January.

The CIRM was formed after California voters passed Proposition 71 in 2004, authorizing $3 billion in bond-funded grants for 10 years of research.

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