Rolf Swenson

Rolf Swenson, Ph.D.



Rolf Swenson received his Ph.D. in synthetic organic chemistry at Cornell University working with Professor John McMurry.  After post-doctoral study with Professor Wolfgang Oppolzer at the University of Geneva Switzerland, and Professor Hector DeLuca at the University of Wisconsin Madison, he joined Abbott Laboratories as a medicinal chemist. He moved to the combinatorial chemistry group and was a group leader working on rapid parallel synthesis. He then moved to Orchid BioSciences as a Director of Chemistry in charge of combinatorial chemistry in microfluidic devices, and while there led a project team that automated SNP genotyping to perform 1,000,000 genotypes/day. He left Orchid to become the International Area Head for Discovery Chemistry at Bracco Research USA. He led a team that prepared diagnostic imaging agents for PET/SPECT, Contrast enhanced ultrasound, MRI and optical applications.  When the Princeton research facility was closed, Dr. Swenson started Arroyo BioSciences, LLC, which focused on discovering new drugs for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other fibrotic disease. Since the beginning of 2014, Dr. Swenson has been the Director of the Imaging Probe Development Center, where he has managed a group of chemists who prepare chemical tools including diverse diagnostic probes for the intramural community. He is an inventor on 65 US patents and an author on 52 scientific papers. He has contributed to one approved drug and five other compounds advanced to clinical trials. 



Novel Imaging Agents for Biomedical R&D and Translational Medicine

The Imaging Probe Development Center (IPDC) provides Intramural Research Program scientists with targeted imaging probes that help accelerate cell based assays, in vivo imaging studies, and translational research leading to better disease diagnosis. It comprises a core synthesis facility dedicated to the preparation of imaging probes, and a research component dedicated to the discovery of new imaging approaches and compositions.

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Since IPDC's inception, our scientists have developed hundreds of probes to support advancement in imaging technologies.  We wish to express our gratitude to Ms. Barbara Brandys, at the NIH Library, for her support in the development and management of our probe database.  To view the scientific approaches to probes our scientists have developed, click on the image or title below.

IPDC Probe Database

IPDC Database

Questions? Contact Ms. Barbara Brandys