On behalf of all the CIRM family, we mourn the loss of our colleague and dear friend Duane Roth, who died yesterday. Throughout his tenure with us as a Board member and Co Vice-Chair, he was one of the true stewards of the mission, offering countless insights on the role of industry in the world of regenerative medicine and how best and efficiently to drive therapies through to patients. He was unfailingly a voice of reason and optimism and always sought to find ways to make things happen, refusing to take “no” for an answer. Though one of 29 Board members, his extensive participation as co-Vice Chair of the Board, co-chair of Intellectual Property and Industry Engagement Subcommittee and a member of our Executive Committee gave Duane a singularly important and resonant voice in our organization. His passing will be deeply felt by all of us as well as by the many patients and everyone connected to CIRM whom he touched over the years. We send our deepest sympathies to Renee, Duane’s brothers and the rest of the Roth family.
Jonathan Thomas, CIRM Board Chair
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