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Robert Klein

Chairman and President, Klein Financial Corporation; Chairman, Americans for Cures; Board Member for Stand Up to Cancer Canada; Chairman Emeritus, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine; JDRF International Research Foundation Chancellor’s Board

  • Klein authored and Chaired the campaign for Proposition 71: the California Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative, which was approved by 7 million California voters in 2004 and established the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM).  Mr. Klein served as the Chairman of the Governing Board of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine CIRM which manages the peer review and grant process for the $3 billion in stem cell research and human clinical trial funding authorized by the Initiative. Mr. Klein was elected Chairman Emeritus of CIRM in 2011.
  • Klein is an accomplished philanthropist and innovator who has been named to Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People,” as well as the Scientific American’s “The Scientific American 50” as a leader shaping the future of science.
  • Klein’s public service awards include: the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s International Conference’s “Biotech Humanitarian Award”, Research!America’s “Gordon & Llura Gund Leadership Award,” and the International Society for Stem Cell Research first ever (ISSCR) “ISSCR Public Service Award.”  
  • Klein is a currently a Member of the Board of Directors of Stand Up to Cancer Canada. He has served on the Boards of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, the Global Security Institute, Genome Canada, and the State of California Housing Finance Agency.
  • Klein serves as the current Chairman and President of Klein Financial Corporation, a real estate development and investment banking company focused on multi-family housing, with an affordable component.