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/


‘Wipe This Thing Off the Books:’ More Coverage of WARF Patent Challenge

Oct 31, 2014

The San Diego U-T is carrying a story on today’s filing with the United States Supreme Court on the California-based challenge to the WARF patent on human embryonic stem cells.

Bradley Fikes quoted one of the parties in the matter, Jeanne Loring, head of the stem cell program at Scripps, as saying,

“We think...

U.S. Supreme Court Action Being Sought in Major Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Case

Oct 30, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Action Being Sought in Major Human Embryonic Stem Cell Patent Case

The California-based  challenge to WARF’s patent on human embryonic stem cells is headed for the United States Supreme Court.


The nation’s highest court is expected to be asked Friday to overturn an earlier appellate court decision and allow two public interest groups to seek to cancel the patent held by WARF, the Wisconsin Alumni...

$55 Million California Investment: First Patient Receives Viacyte Diabetes Device

Oct 29, 2014
$55 Million California Investment: First Patient Receives Viacyte Diabetes Device

Viacyte's diabetes device
San Diego U-T photo
The California stem cell agency and Viacyte, Inc., today marked a diabetic and stem cell first.


The first of about 40 patients has received the San Diego firm’s human embryonic stem cell device as part of a clinical trial testing what...

Text of Letter by Ellen Feigal on Her Resignation

Oct 29, 2014

Here is a copy of the letter that Ellen Feigal sent to her co-workers at the California stem cell agency earlier this week, announcing her departure.
"To my colleagues at CIRM:
"With some regret and after careful consideration, I have submitted my resignation as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at CIRM, effective November...

A Top Exec Departs from California Stem Cell Agency

Oct 29, 2014
A Top Exec Departs from California Stem Cell Agency

The No. 2 person at the $3 billion California stem cell agency resigned this week, becoming the fifth person to leave the research enterprise since Randy Mills became president last spring.


Ellen Feigal
CIRM photo
Ellen Feigal gave two weeks notice on Monday that she would be departing as senior vice...

Correction

Oct 27, 2014

The item Oct. 26, 2014, dealing with news coverage of theAlpha stem cell clinic plan misidentified the person directing the UCLA/UC Irvine effort. The principal investigator on the project is John Adams, a member of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Ce...

California’s Alpha Stem Cell Clinics Garner Little News Coverage

Oct 26, 2014

The California stem cell agency’s $34 million Alpha clinic venture last week received minimal attention from the mainstream media.


The effort was also was subordinated by the agency itself, which issued a press release that focused heavily instead on the plan by its new president, Randy Mills, to improve operations at the agency.


News...

Today’s California Stem Cell Meeting Concludes

Oct 23, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell agency adjourned their meeting at 1:07 p.m. PDT today.

More than $9 Million Approved for California Stem Cell Training Programs

Oct 23, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell agency today approved $9 million to continue its state and community college training program after supporters  hailed it as “truly transformative” and a valuable addition to the research field.


The agency extended the effort for one year, which has cost the state $51 million already. The college program

$34 Million Stem Cell Effort: California Kicks Off Its Alpha Clinic Global Leadership Plan

Oct 23, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell today launched a $34 million effort to create a string of Alpha stem cell clinics intended to make the Golden State the leading spot globally for stem treatments and research.


The winners of $8 million grants each were the City of Hopein Duarte, Ca.; the University of California, San...

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