The inspiration for our name is Dr. Otto Folin (1867 – 1934). Born in the small Swedish town of Aseda, Folin is widely regarded as America’s first clinical biochemist and one of the fathers of the subspecialty known today as clinical biochemistry. Folin had a lifelong interest in developing new and improved methods for quantifying substances in human body fluids. He is recognized for developing many of the first biochemical tests and, notably, the introduction of colorimetry into modern biochemical procedures.
Dr. Folin was Professor of Biological Chemistry at Harvard University Faculty of Medicine. In a biographical memoir authorized by the National Academy of Sciences in 1952, Folin was recognized as a “pioneer in the field” and widely acknowledged for the colorimetric methods that he introduced into biochemistry and medicine.
“Professor Folin, himself a recognized authority in his chosen field of biochemical investigation, was the ideal leader of an important department in this Medical School. Here he taught to class after class of medical students the facts and methods of a science that is of great importance to medicine and to them he gave the example of accuracy in methods of obtaining data to be used in the study and care of patients. To him came graduate pupils to be trained in investigation that they, in turn, might become teachers of students and seekers after greater knowledge of the chemical relationships of health and disease in man and animals”
Dr. Folin’s commitment to innovation, scientific rigor and “accuracy of methods” encompass many of the qualities that are central to AsedaSciences®’ approach. Taking inspiration from Folin’s significant contributions to the field of therapeutic management, AsedaSciences was founded to help chemists design safer compounds by also providing “greater knowledge of the chemical relationships of biology and disease”.