San Diego's struggling economy is about to receive a stem cell shot in the arm. Hundreds of millions of dollars will soon be helping local businesses, research clinics and the patients they serve.
Facing a precursor to cancer, 67-year-old Sabin Mroz says thanks to a stem cell study drug, he's feeling much better.
"It's the cutting edge of what works," he said.
At the Moores UCSD Cancer Center, Dr. Catriona Jamieson, director of stem cell research, is using science to save lives.
"It's really exciting, yes, I think this is the beginning of a new era for medicine," she said.
When it comes to stem cell research, San Diego County is ranked among the top three biotech clusters in the nation.
"Medicine miracles do not happen by accident," Dr. Jamieson said.
When President Obama recently decided to lift federal funding restrictions on embryonic stem cell research, Robert Klein, chairman of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, celebrated at the White House.
"This was a critical moment where a president standing up to make sure that medical science was not bound up by ideology, it was a break from the past. We are freed from the Middle Ages," he said.
Klein says by lifting George Bush's executive order to restrict federal funding, money will begin to pour into the local economy.
"It could be a couple of hundred million dollars' shot in the arm, but more importantly for all those patients in San Diego of many diseases," Klein said.
Patients like Theresa Blanda, who for four years was losing the fight to bone marrow disease.
"I came here in November using a walker," she said.
After just four months of taking a stem cell study drug, she's feeling great.
"This is a godsend, that's all I can say for it. There needs to be more of it," she said.
In the bigger picture, according to CIRM, that stem cell flow of money will exceed $1.1 billion to the state of California over the next two years.
The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine was formed in 2005 following the passage of Proposition 71. Since then, they've funded more than $635 million worth of stem cell projects.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.
On Thursday night, the HeartCore Leadership company purchased thousands of dollars worth of Domino's Pizza to feed San Diego's homeless in downtown.