HudsonAlpha Foundation hosts grand opening celebration for Paul Propst Center

The HudsonAlpha Foundation hosted a grand opening reception the evening of September 19 in celebration of the Paul Propst Center, the newest addition to the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology campus. Many of the supporters and donors who helped to make the campus addition a reality were in attendance.

A number of labs, rooms, spaces and structures in the Propst Center are named in honor of local foundations and supporters who have made gifts to the HudsonAlpha Foundation’s Decade of Discovery: Building for the Future campaign. The campaign allows individuals to financially support the work of the institute with naming opportunities across the campus.

“This was an exciting day for both HudsonAlpha and the city of Huntsville,” said Rick Myers, PhD, president and science director at HudsonAlpha. “By growing our campus and opening the Paul Propst Center, we can continue to impact a community that has shown us a tremendous amount of support throughout the years.”

The Propst Center is made possible by the state of Alabama and community support, including Huntsville philanthropist and businessman William “Bill” Self Propst, Sr. The center is named in honor and memory of his father Paul, who was a minister in North Alabama.

“Throughout my career, I have been focused on improving people’s health. My family and I continue to work towards these goals,” said Propst. “I see those working at HudsonAlpha with the same commitment to making life better. We are honored to be able to support HudsonAlpha as they continue to grow and make advancements.”

Similar in look and feel to the flagship building at 601 Genome Way, the Propst Center will house components of HudsonAlpha’s education and research programs, and growing biotech companies.

Earlier in the day, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Propst Center. State and city leaders, including Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, U.S. Representative Mo Brooks, Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mac McCutcheon, Alabama State Senator and Chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation Education Committee, Arthur Orr, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and many other local, regional, state and federal leaders gathered at 800 Hudson Way for the grand opening of the the new 105,000 square foot building.

“The research, education and economic development efforts happening at HudsonAlpha are revolutionizing the way that Alabamians live and the way the world lives, which is why I am so proud to join them in expanding those efforts through the addition of the Paul Propst Center,” Governor Ivey said. “Thanks to HudsonAlpha, Alabama will be the state to make good on the promise of having 21st-century healthcare and agriculture.”

“HudsonAlpha has accomplished so much in the only ten years, all of which would not have been possible without the support our community,” said Jim Hudson, HudsonAlpha co-founder. “Cutting the ribbon on the Paul Propst Center was a special moment not only for me, but all of us at HudsonAlpha and in Huntsville.”

In celebration of HudsonAlpha’s 10th anniversary, the HudsonAlpha Foundation commissioned a beautiful glass marker to commemorate this milestone. The impressive structure will be located in the Paul Propst Center. For a gift of $1,000 or more, donor names will be included on the marker and gifts will help HudsonAlpha continue to make advances that benefit health and well-being for people everywhere. To be included on the Decade of Discovery marker, visit

Click here for photos from the event. To learn more about the Paul Propst Center and available naming opportunities, visit