FARMINGTON, Conn., June 15 /PRNewswire/ -- This afternoon Governor Jodi M.
Rell of Connecticut signed into law legislation supporting embryonic stem cell
research and earmarking $100 million in funding for such research.
CURE (Connecticut United for Research Excellence), the state bioscience
organization, was an important resource in researching and drafting the
legislation and the catalyst that brought together the coalition that worked
for its passage. Paul Pescatello, president and CEO of CURE, responded to the
signing of the bill as follows:
"This is a great day for Connecticut bioscience. Enactment of this
legislation marks a significant step forward for those suffering from a host
of diseases and conditions. It is also a further step toward attracting
substantial investment and high-paying jobs to Connecticut.
"With President Bush set to veto any expansion of federally funded
embryonic stem cell research, it will be up to the states and to private
investors to fund additional research in the area. By signing this bill into
law, Governor Rell has catapulted Connecticut into the vanguard as a state
that not only welcomes embryonic stem cell research but supports it
"I'm proud to represent bioscience in a state where the Governor and
legislators on both sides of the aisle are so willing to work together to do
the right thing."