David Jensen

Writing from the perspective of more than three decades in the news business, Jensen brings a background in business and government to bear on the $3 billion California stem cell agency. Now retired, his career included a 10-year stint as executive business editor of The Sacramento Bee, legislative coverage for United Press International and two years as a press aide to Gov. Jerry Brown during his first term in office. Jensen has covered the stem cell agency since its inception from his sailboat/home located south of the border with visits to California from time to time.

Web Site: http://californiastemcellreport.blogspot.com/


California’s Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Plan Hits Budget Buzz Saw

Oct 22, 2014

The $3 billion California stem cell agency today put the squeeze on applicants in its ambitious Alpha stem cell clinic round, which is aimed at helping to make the Golden State a global leader in stem cell treatment and research.


The action came as one rejected applicant, UC Davis, publicly appealed to the agency’s...

California’s $40 Million Alpha Clinic Round: Appeals Filed by Two Rejected Applicants

Oct 21, 2014

Two of the three rejected applicants in California’s $40 million-plus Alpha Stem Cell Clinic competition are seeking to overturn the decisions, but none of the cases is expected to be made public.


The appeals are being considered behind closed doors by the staff of the $3 billion state stem cell agency, which will make...

California Stem Cells, College Football and Success

Oct 19, 2014

The $3 billion California stem cell agency this week will deal with the sort of odds that often figure in the financial fate of college football players.


The issue at hand involves education, helping young people and setting priorities. Should the Golden State’s stem cell effort train a few hundred college students at $65,000 a...

No Appeals Filed Yet in California’s $44 Million Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Round

Oct 15, 2014

None of the rejected California universities seeking multimillion dollar grants to join the Golden State’s new, ambitious network of Alpha Stem Cell Clinics has yet filed an appeal of the decisions, the state stem cell agency said today.


That word comes from Don Gibbons, a spokesman for the $3 billion enterprise. In response to...

California to Spend Up to $44 Million for Ambitious Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Plan

Oct 14, 2014

California late next week is expected to plunk down as much as $44 million to help make the Golden State the global leader in stem cell research as well as a go-to location worldwide for patient stem cell therapies.


The ambitious plan comes from the state's $3 billion stem cell agency which plans to...

Prieto: Cost of Stem Cell Therapy Could Be ‘Pretty Good Bargain’

Oct 10, 2014

One of the directors of the $3 billion California stem cell agency this week commented on the likelihood of very high costs for therapies that the agency and others are pursuing.


Francisco Prieto, a Sacramento, Ca., physician who has been on the agency’s governing board since 2004, was responding in connection with this Oct....

Rosy Outlooks, Stem Cell Therapy and Stunning Costs

Oct 8, 2014

It is nearly day three of the Stem Cell Meeting on the Mesa in San Diego, and the word that cannot be uttered has been heard: Expensive!


At least that’s what Bradley Fikes of the San Diego U-T has reported. Earlier this week, he was at the gathering of roughly 700 scientists, business people...

Twenty-six Nominated for 2014 Stem Cell Person of the Year Award

Oct 8, 2014

A distinguished list of nominees was revealed today for the Stem Cell Person of the Year award, whose cash prize has doubled from last year.  

The contest is the brainchild of UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler, who boosted the award from $1,000 to $2,000 this year, all of which comes out his...

UC Irvine Mounts a New Stem Cell Research Blog

Oct 1, 2014
UC Irvine Mounts a New Stem Cell Research Blog

Randal Berg
UCI photo
California has just scored with another stem cell research blog – this one from UC Irvine and produced by Randal Berg.

Stem cell research blogs are scarce. The only other one we know of in California is written by Paul Knoepfler at UC Davis.


Irvine’s Berg...

California’s ‘Bridges’ Stem Cell Effort Hailed Again

Oct 1, 2014

CIRM video
California’s $18 million “Bridges” stem cell training program this week received another endorsement as a “spectacularly successful” effort that is key to supporting stem cell research in California.


UC Davis stem cell scientist Paul Knoepfler said on his blog that it would be “counterproductive” to end the program, which is facing competition for funds...

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