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 first colorimetric technique for uric acid regarded as the introduction of colorimetry into modern biochemical procedures. The methods developed by Dr. Folin are still used in modern biochemistry laboratories today.
Dr. Folin was Professor of Biological Chemistry at Harvard University Faculty of Medicine. While there, he developed additional methods for protein detection in blood and the first methods for measuring glucose in plasma, serum and whole blood, known as the Folin-Wu method.
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 advance the drug discovery process through innovative cellular analysis.