Oregon chemist receives award for aiding scientific discovery

June 16, 2003

Richard P. Haugland, Ph.D., of Molecular Probes Inc. in Eugene, Ore., was honored June 13 by the world's largest scientific society for developing new tools to help researchers explore the frontiers of science. He received one of two 2003 Industrial Innovation Awards at the American Chemical Society's Northwest regional meeting in Bozeman, Mont.

Haugland, now chief scientific officer of Molecular Probes, founded the company in 1975 to make fluorescent dyes for biomedical research. In the early years, Haugland taught at his alma mater, Hamline University, while making dyes in the evenings and during weekends and summers. In 1982, he expanded the company's products to include fluorescent reagents for studying live cells.

The company now sells more than 2,800 products for research in cell biology, neuroscience, molecular biology, immunology, diagnostics, and other areas of biomedical research.

Haugland received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn., in 1965 and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Stanford University in 1970. He holds 60 of the company's 69 patents, and he authored Handbook of Fluorescent Probes and Research Chemicals, now in its 9th edition.

The American Chemical Society's Industrial Innovation Awards recognize individuals and teams whose discoveries and inventions contribute to the commercial success of their companies and enhance our quality of life.

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