"What usually happens is the scientist doesn't want to pursue business,"Collins said. "I'm jumping into the business world, which I know nothingabout."Hogenkamp agreed. "I have never ever thought of a company," he said.He has studied vitamin B-12 for 45 years. "I'm a chemist, I mix thingstogether," Hogenkamp said. Like cooking with a recipe, he experiments withdifferent compounds that have one thing in common - vitamin B-12.Why B-12? "It's an incredibly complex molecule," he said. Plus, without it, a person dies.Hogenkamp, a native of the Netherlands, went to college in Canada beforemoving to the United States. His original career goal was to be a crop planter but he found his passion - biochemistry - at the University of California,Berkeley.Friends and colleaguesCollins and Hogenkamp met in the mid-1980s. Collins, then a medicalstudent at the University of Minnesota, attended one of Hogenkamp'slectures. It wasn't Hogenkamp's thoughts on metabolism that stuck withCollins, it was the professor's enthusiasm for vitamin B-12.Collins describes Hogenkamp as a "nice, warm individual," a well- liked professor. When they first met, they both were on the university's educational policy committee. "We became friends," Collins said. And they sharedtheories, too.Hogenkamp said Collins "had a whole bunch of ideas. "Some of them werevery, very good." Some of them were iffy at best. But Collins said his friendalways said "let's try."In 1988, Collins graduated from medical school with an interest indiagnostics. He left Minnesota to study radiology at the University of Utah.