Duane Roth, Connect’s CEO, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition, according to a spokesperson at UCSD Health Sciences. Roth was injured in a bicycle accident on Sunday.
Connect sent this message in an email newsletter on Thursday:
“CONNECT and the family of Duane Roth thanks everyone for the continuing support during Duane's recovery. Duane is under excellent care at UC San Diego where the medical team is 'cautiously optimistic.' Ted Roth will continue to provide updates; but in the meantime, the Roth family asks for their privacy. Cards can be sent to the CONNECT office and will be delivered to the Roth family regularly. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested we instead consider making a donation to Pedal the Cause or The Otterson Legacy Fund. These are both causes Duane is passionate about, and a donation would be a meaningful way to honor him. Again, our sincere thanks go out to you all during this challenging time.”
Roth hit a rock embankment while riding his bicycle Sunday near Lake Cuyamaca. His helmet broke on impact and he was flown by helicopter to UCSD Medical Center, said David Hale, a close friend and Connect board member. Roth underwent surgery to remove a piece of his skull to relieve pressure on his brain, and was placed in a medically induced coma.
Connect named Tyler Orion, past Connect chief operating officer, as its interim president, according to a statement released late Monday.
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July 11, 2012 -- George Chamberlin speaks with David Hale, CEO of Hale BioPharmaVentures, and Duane Roth, CEO of Connect, about San Diego's biotech industry and innovations that come from this region.