New face brings fresh perspective to stem cell agency Board

Joe Panetta: photo by K.C. Alfred, San Diego Union Tribune

You can never have too much help in making good decisions, that’s why we are delighted to welcome Joe Panetta as the newest member of our governing Board, the Independent Citizens Oversight Committee.

Joe has just been appointed to the Board by Governor Jerry Brown and he brings with him a wealth of experience that is going to be invaluable to us. Not only is he the President and CEO of Biocom – the association for the southern California life sciences community – but he’s also worked at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and has many years leading biotech companies.

It’s just the kind of experience we need on our Board to help guide us as we try to choose the best science and help move it as fast as we can to patients.

Joe says “I sincerely look forward to serving on the ICOC where I can work with my fellow committee members, researchers and members of the great California life sciences industry to move the promise of stem cell technology from research into development and commercialization. Above all, I am excited to be a member of an institution that is leading the way in developing cures for patients in California and ultimately around the world.”

We couldn’t have said it better. Joe takes over the seat left empty by the death of Duane Roth last year. Like Duane, Joe is heavily involved with biotech in San Diego, including being a member of the Board of CONNECT, which links inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success.

Our Chairman, Jonathan Thomas, welcomed the news saying: “Joe’s experience, expertise and long career in biotech and government will be invaluable in helping us choose the most promising science. He brings a new voice and a fresh perspective and those can only make our Board even more effective.”

Fresh perspective? I’ll say. In his spare time Joe has been known to run a 3 hours 39 minute marathon, zip line in Costa Rica and dive to 650 feet in a nuclear submarine.

kevin mccormack

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