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Folkers, Karl August, Ph.D., 1906-1997

While working at the Merck Research Laboratories, Dr. Folkers determined the chemical structure of the Coenzyme Q10 molecule. In 1968, he founded the Institute for Bio-Medical Research in Austin, Texas. From the Institute, he encouraged and supported research into the safety, absorption, and health benefits of Coenzyme Q10 supplements. Dr. Folkers’ closest colleagues and co-researchers in the field of Coenzyme Q10 research were Dr. William V. Judy (Indiana), Dr. Per Langsjoen (Texas), Dr. Gian Paolo Littarru (Italy), Mr. Sven Moesgaard (Denmark), and Dr. Svend Aage Mortensen (Denmark). For his achievements, Dr. Folkers was awarded the Priestley Medal of the American Chemical Society (1986) and the President’s National Medal of Science (1990).

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