Missouri State University
David Osborne

David Osborne

  • Vice President of Product Development for TOLMAR Inc.
  • Fort Collins, Colorado
  • BS in Chemistry, 1982

Thanks to the foundation in chemistry he received at Missouri State, Dr. David Osborne has made a successful career out of thinking like a research scientist in product development.

Alum credits foundation in chemistry for success

Thanks to the foundation in chemistry he received at Missouri State, crediting faculty guidance and support, Dr. David Osborne has made a successful career out of thinking like a research scientist in product development. Osborne came to Missouri State in 1979 to major in chemistry. For Osborne, the low tuition combined with being able to live at home made Missouri State extremely attractive for obtaining a great education at very little cost.

Throughout his college career, Osborne maintained a rigorous course load of 18 or more credit hours every semester and was able to complete his degree in just three years. His college experience was different from that of traditional students in that he took so many credit hours, lived off campus and got married while an undergraduate student.

During his last two semesters, Osborne also took on a cooperative position with Simonson Chemical Company working as a quality control chemist 20 hours per week in addition to managing a home life and his academic schedule.

“[The job] was running hands-on wet chemistry testing that can give you extremely accurate test results without the use of a $100,000 instrument,” said Osborne. “Most labs today have automated that type of testing, so chemists graduated in the last 20 years seldom get the opportunity to perfect those techniques.”

Osborne’s experience at Missouri State helped him prepare for the type of research and work he would be doing to complete his PhD.

“This allowed me to start my graduate research literally my first day as a graduate student,” said Osborne.

Osborne started developing pharmaceutical products the June after graduation, and has been fortunate to see a number of products he developed reach the market.

“I have been fortunate to have been the inventor for the ACZONE® acne treatment gel and to have been with that product all of the way through Allergan’s commercialization and marketing,” said Osborne. “Likewise, I directly contributed to all stages of development for the ELIGARD® prostate cancer products and over a dozen other prescription dermatological products.”

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