Saturday, May 21, 2011

Jonathan Y. Thomas for CIRM chair

The californiastemcellreport notes that

California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom plans to nominate Southern California investor Jonathan Thomas for chair of the California stem cell agency, according to the San Francisco Business Times.

Included is a link to the Sacramento Bee which includes the text:

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May 05, 2011

Jonathan Thomas Wikipedia Information
Jonathan Thomas (born 27 December 1982 in Pembroke) is a Welsh rugby union player who plays at flanker for the Ospreys at club level and at number 8 for Wales.He launched his club career at Swansea RFC and played for Wales at Under 16, Under 19 and Under 21 level. He made his international debut against Australia in 2003. He became noticed by many during the 2003 Rugby World Cup in the...

One suspects that the nominated Jonathan Y. Thomas is not a rugby player.

The qualifications (and background) of Thomas are not totally apparent from the various posts made so far. At least Klein had a law degree from Stanford.

**In passing, LBE's comment re-appeared:

Merely fyi, as something to watch:

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is poised to make a decision regarding the patent-eligibility of human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) in Europe, and that decision will be "no" if the court follows the recommendation of the court's advocate general.

[from PatentDocs blog]


Note the letter of May 23, 2011 by Thomas describing his background.

The letter notes that Thomas has an undergrad degree from Yale, a doctorate from Oxford [examining the role of disease and medicine in the expansion of the British into East Africa ] and a law degree from Yale. Thomas has been an investment banker for the last 26 years [since about 1985]. He led early round financing for ACT.


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