In February 1993, the (Executive) Director discussed establishment of a foundation and began making contacts for collaborative research. Ideas for the foundation's operation were formulated from 1993 to 1996 and discussed with other scientists as well as legal council. During September and October 1996, the (Executive) Director worked with the attorney for Metabolism Foundation to write the Certificate of Incorporation and ByLaws. The Certificate of Incorporation was filed on 7 October 1996 and the ByLaws were adopted on 27 November 1996. The first meeting of Metabolism Foundation was held on 27 November 1996 to confirm the Board of Directors, elect and appoint Officers, affirm the Action of Incorporation, and officially adopt the ByLaws.
During January and February 1997, the Executive Director continued discussing research projects with students and faculty at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma, as well as scientists at the USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory in El Reno, Oklahoma. Articles addressing chlorophyll synthesis, nitrogen fixation, and secondary metabolism were discussed and reviewed.
During Summer 2001, Metabolism
Foundation filed IRS
Form 8734 as a requirement of the advance ruling period
under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Upon receipt, the budget was approved and Metabolism
Foundation was certified as a tax-exempt organization eligible
to receive tax deductible contributions.