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/


Bubble Babies, Cures and California’s Stem Cell Agency

Nov 25, 2014
Bubble Babies, Cures and California’s Stem Cell Agency



Alysia Padilla-Vacarro and daughter, Evangelina, on the day
 of the baby's life-saving gene therapy treatment at UCLA.
UCLA photo
Numbers speak loudly in America. We focus intently – sometimes obsessively -- on everything from baseball statistics to the latest count of illegal immigrants. Numbers appear to create certainty and tend...

Correction

Nov 21, 2014

The "birthday party" item Nov. 20, 2014, incorrectly stated that Anne Holden wrote CIRM blog piece on the "bubble boy" researchat UCLA. It was actually Todd Dubnicoff who wrote the article on the agency's blog, The Stem Cellar.

Birthday Party for California’s 10-year-old Stem Cell Research Program

Nov 20, 2014
Birthday Party for California’s 10-year-old Stem Cell Research Program

Fred Lesikar, a heart attack victim aided by
a CIRM-backed cell treatment
CIRM photo
The California stem cell agency today celebrated its 10thbirthday with a media event in Los Angeles where its supporters declared that the effort marked “one of the seminal events in the history of medical research.”


Attending the...

Correction

Nov 19, 2014

The 10th anniversary media event item today incorrectly said that the news conference will be at UCLA. It will be at USC.

10th Anniversary Media Event Tomorrow in Los Angeles for California Stem Cell Agency

Nov 19, 2014

The $3 billion California stem cell agency will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a media event tomorrow in Los Angeles aimed at demonstrating the impact of the Golden State’s research program.


The news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. PST, and members of the public can listen in by dialing 866-528-2256 with a participant code...

A Look at Spinal Cord Injury Treatments from California’s Stem Cell Agency

Nov 18, 2014

The California stem cell agency today took to the Internet to conduct a nearly hour-long video briefing concerning the state of stem cell treatments for spinal cord injury.



The Google Hangout event featured Jane Lebkowski, president of research and development for Asterias Biotherapeutics of Menlo Park, Ca., which is involved in an early...

California’s Grand, $3 Billion Stem Cell Experiment: An Evaluation at Age 10

Nov 16, 2014

The $3 billion California stem cell agency turns 10 this month, an anniversary that naturally raises the question of what has it done for the first decade of its life.


Today The Sacramento Bee published an anniversary overview of the agency written by the publisher of this blog, David Jensen.  However, as...

Ten Year Performance of Stem Cell Agency: Top Execs’ Comments

Nov 16, 2014

Here is the text of what Jonathan Thomas, chairman of the California stem cell agency, and Randy Mills, president of the agency, had to say about its performance over the last 10 years.


Their remarks came after the agency was asked for comments from them for an article that appeared in The Sacramento...

The California Stem Cell Agency Numbers

Nov 16, 2014
The California Stem Cell Agency Numbers

​For today’s 10-year anniversary piece in The Sacramento Bee on the California stem cell agency, the agency was asked for statistics and numbers that would be useful in illustrating what it believes is the progress of the program.


The freelance article was written by David Jensen, publisher of this blog. Given the space limitations...

Comments From the First President of the California Stem Cell Agency

Nov 16, 2014
Comments From the First President of the California Stem Cell Agency

The following is the text of what Zach Hall, the first president of the California stem cell agency and who served from 2005 to 2007, had to say about its performance over the last decade.


Hall, who is retired and currently on the board of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, developed the California...

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