Monday, July 22, 2013

Co-vice Chairman of California Stem Cell Agency Hospitalized with Brain Injury

Duane Roth
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Duane Roth, co-vice chairman of the $3 billion California stem cell agency, has been hospitalized in a medically induced coma following a bicycle accident yesterday in the mountains east of San Diego.

Roth hit a rock embankment and broke his helmet, according to news reports. He was flown to the UC San Diego Medical Center, where he underwent surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain, according to an account by Bruce Bigelow on Xconomy.

Bradley Fikes of the San Diego U-T reported that Roth is expected to kept in a coma for at least several days until his condition improves. 

J.T. Thomas, chairman of the stem cell agency, said in a statement,
“Our thoughts, prayers and best wishes for a full recovery are with Duane and his family.”
Roth, CEO of Connect, an organization that supports the technology industry, has served on the governing board of the $3 billion California stem cell agency since 2006. He has been a strong voice for business at the agency and likely would have been active participant in board discussion this Thursday of one of the agency's major initiatives that will benefit business – a $70 million stem cell clinic plan.
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