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/

The New, Official Life Expectancy of the California Stem Cell Agency

Jul 30, 2014
The New, Official Life Expectancy of the California Stem Cell Agency

Randy Mills' calculations on cash for future CIRM funding

Randy Mills, the new president of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, rewrote some of the agency’s history last week and extended the life span of the now nearly 10-year-old enterprise.

All that talk about the agency...

California Stem Cell Agency and the Revolving Door: A Need for More Safeguards

Jul 29, 2014

The revolving door and related conflict of interest issues remain open at the $3 billion California stem cell agency despite the pledge by its new president, Randy Mills, to refrain from taking a job with a recipient of the agency’s largess for at least a year after he leaves.  

Mills’ action last week came...

Los Angeles Times: Flawed Investigation Magnifies California Stem Cell Scandal

Jul 25, 2014

The Los Angeles Times will have a column again this Sunday excoriating the $3 billion California stem cell agency, and it will involve the same set of players, the agency’s former president and a San Francisco area stem cell company.

The headline on the column by Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and author Michael Hiltzik says

USC Researcher Comments on the Grant Round Involving StemCells, Inc.

Jul 24, 2014

A USC scientist late today sent an email that dealt with the 2012 decisions that resulted in the award of $19.3 million to StemCells, Inc., by the California stem cell agency. The award was made on a close vote (7-5) despite being rejected twice by the agency’s reviewers.

It was the first time that the...

California Stem Cell Agency Scores on Early Coverage of Today’s Trounson Story

Jul 24, 2014

Two media outlets were quick today to write about the Trounson Affair and the reaction from the California stem cell agency, but did not note what the agency itself described as the limited nature of its investigation into the matter.

They focused on what Randy Mills, the new president of CIRM, promised regarding his...

Law Firm Memo on Trounson Investigation

Jul 24, 2014

Here is the memo provided by Remcho, Johansen & Purcellconcerning its limited investigation of Alan Trounson and his contact during May and June with StemCells, Inc. It contains additional details and the names of persons interviewed.

 Here is one paragraph that deals with what CIRM might have done had they known Trounson was in contact...

Limited Trounson Investigation Shows No Evidence of Illegal Conflicts

Jul 24, 2014

The California stem cell agency said today that its "severely" limited investigation found no evidence that its former president, Alan Trounson, attempted to influence action on behalf of StemCells, Inc., during June of this year.Randy Mills, the new p...

California Stem Cell Agency Directors Conclude Meeting

Jul 24, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell agency adjourned their meeting today at 12:09 p.m. PDT. A story on the discussion of the Trounson Affair will be carried shortly.

$1.2 Million for UC Stem Cell Researchers

Jul 24, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell agency today approved $1.2 million for two University of California researchers to continue pursuing their work on Huntington’s Disease and corneal problems.

The awards went to Leslie Thompson of UC Irvine and Sophie Deng of UCLA. Thompson received $505,717 for her work on Huntington’s Disease (see here and...

$5 Million Sliced from California’s Ambitious Alpha Stem Cell Clinic Program

Jul 24, 2014

Directors of the California stem cell agency today cut $5 million from their $70 million plan to create a series of Alpha stem cell clinics aimed at making the Golden State the leading location in the world for stem cell therapies.

On a 6-1-1 vote, the directors trimmed the effort, much touted by former...

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