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 ‘Incredible’ Stem Cell Invention

Apr 16, 2015

<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/125059373" width="500" height="281" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/125059373">C. Randal Mills - CIRM 2.0. Building a better stem cell agency (Part 2)</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/mccindustryrelations3">MCC Industry Relations</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>
Randy Mills, the president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, was selling hard a couple of months ago in San Diego....

‘Born in Hype:’ The California Experiment and Stem Cell Research

Apr 2, 2015

A California newspaper with a daily readership of 1.5 million this week thrashed the field of stem cell science, declaring that it “is slathered with so much money that immoderate predictions of success are common.”


“Infected with hype” is the way the headline put it on the March 31 piece in the Los Angeles Times....

‘Born in Hype:’ The California Experiment and Stem Cell Research

Apr 2, 2015

A California newspaper with a daily readership of 1.5 million this week thrashed the field of stem cell science, declaring that it “is slathered with so much money that immoderate predictions of success are common.”


“Infected with hype” is the way the headline put it on the March 31 piece in the Los Angeles Times....

Moratorium on Possible Genetic Alteration of Human Race on Agenda Tomorrow at California Stem Cell Agency

Apr 1, 2015

The select panel that helps the $3 billion California stem cell agency set  research standards meets tomorrow and Friday in Los Angeles, its first session since 2013.


The agenda appears modest but it does include a discussion involving possible genetic modifications to the human race and the germ line letter signed by...

California’s Stem Cell Bank and Its Fujifilm Moment

Mar 31, 2015
California’s Stem Cell Bank and Its Fujifilm Moment

A CIRM slide from last week on the Cellular Dynamic stem cell bank project.
Remember the “Kodak Moment?” California’s $3 billion stem cell agency yesterday experienced a “Fujifilm Moment.”


It came when the Japanese firm announced it was buying Cellular Dynamics International (CDI) for $307 million. That doubled...

Three-Month Birthday: California Dances Forward With its Fast Track Stem Cell Plan

Mar 29, 2015
Three-Month Birthday: California Dances Forward With its Fast Track Stem Cell Plan

Randy Mills' chart last week on changes coming as a result of CIRM 2.0
On New Year’s Eve, the California stem cell agency and its relatively new president, Randy Mills, kicked off a radical and fresh way to hand out money to researchers and speed development...

California’s Stem Cell Directors Adjourn, More News Coming up Tomorrow

Mar 26, 2015

The directors of the California stem cell agency have adjourned their meeting in Berkeley. We do not expect additional stories today but will have more tomorrow including an update on the agency's search for a new home and an overview of the progress o...

$25 Million for Stem Cell Research Plus Sharp Criticism of California Stem Cell Board

Mar 26, 2015
$25 Million for Stem Cell Research Plus Sharp Criticism of California Stem Cell Board

The California stem cell agency today approved $25.2 million for preclinical research aimed at speeding development of therapies for afflictions that include arthritis, Alzheimer's and “bubble boy” syndrome.



The action came during an agency governing board session that was marked by sharp criticism from an executive with a La Jolla firm associated with...

California Stem Cell Awards $7.7 Million for Therapy to Alter Arthritis Progress

Mar 26, 2015

The governing board of the California stem cell agency today approved $7.7 million to develop the first therapy that would alter the progression of osteoarthritis.

The action came on a proposal by Daryll D’Lima of Scripps Health, whose application was rejected earlier by reviewers of the agency and its staff. 

D’Lima told the board that arthritis is the No....

California Okays $1.7 Million for Alzheimer’s Treatment

Mar 26, 2015

Directors of the California stem cell agency today all but approved a $1.7 million award to a Salk researcher to develop a therapy that would alter the progression of Alzheimer's Disease.

The action came on a 11-1-1 vote.

Researcher David Schubert of the Salk Institute appealed to the board to overturn rejection of the proposal by...

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