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/


George Bush, the California Stem Cell Agency and the Daily Beast: A Story for 20 Million Readers

Nov 5, 2015

The Daily Beast this morning carried a story with the headline “George W., Father of the Stem Cell Revolution.”


If that gives you pause, consider the Daily Beast’s next two paragraphs.

“It wasn’t what President George W. Bush had in mind. In 2001, Bush restricted the use of federal funding for embryonic stem cell research,...

Italians, Californian Top Vote-Getters for Stem Cell Person of 2015

Nov 4, 2015
Italians, Californian Top Vote-Getters for Stem Cell Person of 2015

Finalists for stem cell person of the year
Graphic from The Niche
The 12 finalists for stem cell person of the year have been announced by a UC Davis stem cell researcher who sponsors the contest and funds its $2,000 prize.


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California Stem Cell Agency Moving This Month to Oakland, Pushed Out of San Francisco by High Rents

Nov 2, 2015
California Stem Cell Agency Moving This Month to Oakland, Pushed Out of San Francisco by High Rents

By the beginning of next month, California’s $3 billion stem cell research effort expects to be safely ensconced in its new headquarters in Oakland, once the stomping grounds of author Jack London and actor Tom Hanksand still the home of California Gov. Jerry Brown.


Building housing new...

California Stem Cell Agency Statement on its Move to Oakland

Nov 2, 2015

Here is the text of the response from the California stem cell agency concerning the specifics of the move of its headquarters later this month from San Francisco to Oakland. The information was provided by Maria Bonneville, director of administration for the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), as the agency is formally known. 
“In...

Need Work? The California Stem Cell Agency May Want You

Oct 28, 2015

Looking for a good job with an 11-year-old, but still fast-moving, cutting-edge organization?The $3 billion California stem cell agency is looking for five folks who are willing to work in its new offices in Oakland and help turn stem cells into cures....

The Niche Rises — Sort of Phoenix-like — in California

Oct 23, 2015
The Niche Rises — Sort of Phoenix-like — in California

California and the world has a “new” stem cell blog – at least new in name.


Welcome to The Niche (with an upper case T).


Paul Knoepfler, UC Davis photo
It is a rebranding of ipscell.com, the five-year-old effort by UC Davis stem cell researcher Paul Knoepfler.


He announced...

Speedy Session Today for Directors of $3 Billion California Stem Cell Effort

Oct 22, 2015

The $3 billion California stem cell agency today whipped through a 28-minute meeting that featured no public comment on its activities and almost no questions from its governing board.


Approved unanimously were three items that its governing board treated in routine fashion. They included changes in its loan program and

Today’s California Stem Cell Meeting Open to All at 22 Locations

Oct 22, 2015

If you would like to speak directly to the overseers of California’s $3 billion stem cell research effort, today would be a good day.


The agency will have the most ever sites available for public access in its nearly 11-year history to a meeting of its governing board. Twenty-two teleconference locations around California are...

California Stem Cell Loan Rules Coming Up Later This Month

Oct 13, 2015

The governing board of the $3 billion California stem cell agency has scheduled a brief, teleconference meeting for Oct. 22 during which the public or researchers can address any concerns they may have, including its priorities and spending. The items ...

LA Times: California’s Stem Cell Agency and Rising Concerns About Drug Costs

Oct 10, 2015
LA Times: California’s Stem Cell Agency and Rising Concerns About Drug Costs

Bloomberg News describes this $1 million gene therapy
as the world's most expensive medicine
Highlights
CIRM's affordability role
Risk-reward calculations
Burden on industry and CIRM

The Los Angeles Times has a Sunday readership of 2.4 million, and tomorrow they will be seeing this headline.
“Sky-high price of new stem cell therapies is a...

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