Kathy Ivey and the Great Stem Cell Research Training Grant
Seven years ago, the California stem cell research program was ready to give its very first grants. Voted into law in 2004, it had been delayed by lawsuits from the religious right and anti-tax groups for almost two years. But in 2006, Governor Schwarzenegger authorized a $150 million loan to the fledgling program. Prop 71 author Bob Klein persuaded philanthropists to help as well, and it was time.