When the COVID pandemic hit and the 2020 election became one of the most contentious in living history it suddenly made trying to get a proposition on the ballot in California a lot harder. That meant the future of CIRM, California's Stem Cell Agency, was in doubt and with it the future funding for scientific research that could change and even save lives. Happily the team behind Proposition 14 came up with some brilliant ideas to win the day.
In this podcast we talk to two of the key figures behind all this, Melissa King and Maria Bonneville. Melissa helped secure the votes needed to pass Proposition 14, and Maria kept CIRM on track to cope with whatever the outcome of the election was.