SAN DIEGO, Aug. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Joe Panetta, president and CEO of BIOCOM, released the following statement upon news of the passing of Duane Roth, President and CEO of CONNECT:
"I speak for the BIOCOM board, staff, and the entire BIOCOM family in saying the life science industry has lost one of its most devoted champions. Duane's passion for the industry first as a company executive (with Alliance Pharmaceutical) and later as CONNECT's President and CEO was unwavering. His contributions to San Diego are not limited to the life science industry, and his loss will be felt throughout our community."
"Personally, I will deeply miss Duane as a friend, colleague, and confidant. Our lives were intertwined not only professionally but socially and casually as well. Karin and I extend our deepest sympathies to Renee and the entire Roth family."
Duane Roth was a founding member of the BIOCOM Board of Directors and is the only person to have served two terms as BIOCOM board chair, in 1996-97 and 2004-05. In 2010, Roth was given the highest honor BIOCOM can bestow on a board member, that of Life Director, a position reserved only to those who have distinguished themselves in service at the highest levels to BIOCOM and the Southern California life science community.