Connect CEO Duane J. Roth died Aug. 3 from a brain injury he sustained during a July 21 biking accident near Lake Cuyamaca.

Roth, 63, led Connect, a nonprofit organization that fosters innovation and advances in San Diego’s life sciences and technology sectors by linking people and companies to resources they need for success.

Roth was reportedly biking with the nonprofit Challenged Athletes Foundation when he struck an outcropping in a solo accident.

Prior to his role with Connect, Roth founded Alliance Pharmaceutical Corp., a San Diego company which worked on ways to help preserve blood oxygenation levels in patients undergoing surgery. He was previously the chair of Biocom, and has served on the boards of the Biotechnology Industry Organization and the California Healthcare Institute.

Joe Panetta, CEO of San Diego life sciences trade group Biocom, said that Roth was one of the life science industry’s “most devoted champions.”

“His contributions to San Diego are not limited to the life science industry, and his loss will be felt throughout our community,” Panetta said.

The Connect Executive Committee recently appointed Tyler Orion, past chief operating officer, as interim president, according to the group’s website.

— SDBJ Staff Report