The mission of FPI is to continue scientific investigations initiated by Colin Paul Spears: environmental chemical carcinogen screening, mathematical and histological modeling of an Asteraceae family (genus Cotula) species, and book publishing. The latter includes a biography of Susan Peters (1921-1952) for future revenue support of the scientific work.
FPI was formed in 2006 as a California corporate entity for the purpose of studies on the physical organic chemical kinetics of environmental chemicals as potential alkylating agents. This has included refinement and extension of the nitrobenzylpyridine and nicotinamide assays using spectrophotometric and fluorimetric detectors, by the Spears method [Barbin et al, Chem-Biol. Interact. 73 (1990) 261, and Spears et al, Curr. Topics Med. Chem. 2 (1997) 85] of comprehensive Swain-Scott n and s parameters, which uses competing nucleophiles for alkylation. A variety of chemicals ranging from food additives to preservatives, flame retardants, pharmaceutical excipients, air pollutants, etc. has been investigated to date, in addition to study of established cancer therapies.
Separately, our company is interested in mechanisms underlying formation of Fibonacci sequences in nature. Our model of asymmetric binary cell division described by binomial equations was reported in Patras, Greece at the Fibonacci meetings in 2006 as a basis for moving forward with our Cotula plant model using histologic sectioning. With the work of Sharon Zimmerman at FPI, we have developed a novel 3-dimensional imaging approach, that we term Sequential Slide Video Microscopy (SSVM). This has enabled new insights about floret generation and Fibonacci patterning, especially in the rising parastichies of disc floret formation.
In 2011, FPI moved operations and corporate headquarters to East Sacramento concurrent with the recruitment of Margaret Nguyen, a molecular biologist and analytical chemist. FPI's logo and trademark were registered in 2013, for use with our first publication, Jackie's Art Work in 2012. This providing experience for the biography of the late Susan Peters (nee Suzanne Carnahan). FPI has access to the world's largest collection of memorabilia of Miss Peters, who was a great talent, virtually unknown today. Her style, grace, range of acting, piano virtuosity and heroic accomplishments from a wheelchair after paraplegia at age 23 are an inspiration for all generations.
Our logo, Fibonacci number floret spirals with superimposed concentric volume doubling rings, produces the optical illusion of a vortex, inviting the curious to further study. "Discovery in Sequence™" defines our purpose in general for discrete, stepwise inquiry for improved knowledge of our chemical, biological, and social environment.