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Governor’s Budget Includes $10 Million for Precision Medicine
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Jan. 11, 2016

On Jan. 7, Governor Jerry Brown released his 2016 – 2017 budget proposal, which includes $10 million for precision medicine research.

The $10 million is described in the proposal as a one‑time augmentation for the California Office of Planning and Research (OPR) to “further the efforts of the California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine (CIAPM), and build on the $3 million appropriation made in the 2014 Budget Act.” The CIAPM is hosted by the University of California San Francisco and University of California Health through an interagency agreement with OPR.

The budget proposal goes on to state, “The $10 million augmentation will fund additional demonstration projects in precision medicine over a multi‑year period and facilitate additional multi‑institution and private‑sector partnerships, with a portion of this funding subject to non-state matching funds. Projects will be expected to demonstrate concrete results and findings related to uses of precision medicine within a 24‑month period.”

Shortly after the budget proposal’s release, CLSA praised the funding in a statement, saying, “We look forward to working with the Governor to best invest these research dollars to better understand and combat disease in the 21st century. Many CLSA member companies, universities and research institutes are already working in the precision medicine space and we applaud Governor Brown for his thoughtful and visionary support to advance this important research here in California.” Click here to view the full statement.

The next steps for the budget will be the release of the Legislative Analyst Office’s (LAO) report, Analysis of the Budget Bill and Perspectives and Issues, followed shortly thereafter by the Department of Finance’s rebuttals to the LAO report.

For questions, please contact Eve Bukowski, CLSA’s Vice President of State Government Relations (ebukowski@califesciences.org).