History

Arbor Assays LLC was formed in July 2007 in Ann Arbor, Michigan by three scientists who collectively have over 50 years of experience in designing, manufacturing, analyzing and shipping FDA regulated and life science and clinical products worldwide. Two of the founders have worked at Abbott Labs Diagnostics Division, Kallestad Diagnostics, Sanofi Diagnostics, R&D Systems, and in 1992 founded Assay Designs, Inc. The company we founded, Assay Designs, was a company that had grown from 2 part-time employees to be a major worldwide supplier of immunoassay and detection kits. It has been acquired by another company and we wanted to rekindle the spirit from 1992.

At Arbor Assays our motto is:

“Our philosophy is to build the highest quality detection and immunoassay products for clinically important biomolecules and make science easy for our customers.”

Our primary customer focus is both pharmaceutical and clinical scientists. We build robust immunoassay, detection and enzyme activity kits to quantitate biomolecules in biological matrices. We delight in taking on the most technically challenging assays there are to develop. The thrill of building a kit that makes someone’s job easier or allows someone to measure something no one else has been able to is what drives us. And we are driven!

Quality does not come without expense. We will not follow the trend of other companies and contract out services such as organic chemistry, peptide synthesis, polyclonal or monoclonal antibody production to whatever country can provide the cheapest labor. The quality of the product will suffer. So we go back to the same high quality suppliers (and friends), mostly ones we’ve known from our FDA-regulated diagnostics employment, even if it will cost more. The quality of the analytical measurement is proportional to the quality of the raw materials.

We also recycle everything we can. For example, our kit manuals are printed on FCS paper. Forest Stewardship Council is an international organization that promotes the use of environmentally sustainable and friendly paper sources.

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