Recognizing the need for sensitivity, speed, convenience, quality, and service, we research, develop, and manufacture the highest quality detection and immunoassay kits for clinically important biomolecules.

We delight in taking on the most technically challenging assays there are to develop. The thrill of building a kit that makes someone else’s job easier or allows someone to measure something no one else has is what drives us. And we are driven!

And we don’t stop there. Our Customer Service and Technical Support teams go out of their way to help you obtain the right product to achieve accurate results in a straightforward way.

Our bottom line is that we never compromise on quality, and quality does not come without investment.

We take pride in never compromising on quality—both in our own products and in the Contract Assay Services we provide.

Rather than contract out services such as organic chemistry, peptide synthesis, and antibody production to the cheapest labor, we go back to the same, high-quality suppliers (and friends!), even if it will cost more. The quality of analytical measurement is proportional to the quality of the raw materials.

Additionally, you will see the phrase “N-Cal™” throughout our website. This refers to kits where the standard is calibrated to World Health Organization (WHO) or US National Institute of Standards and Technology Reference Materials. Any kit is only as good as the standard that it is referenced against.

On January 1, 2017, Arbor Assays became the world’s first Employee Owned life sciences company by way of a perpetual employee benefit trust (EBT)

As an EBT, the board of directors ensures the company remains an independent entity for the benefit of customers and employees. For the customer, employee ownership means the company can be counted on to continuously experiment, innovate, and provide high-quality products longterm. For employees, ownership means increased job security and career satisfaction without the fear Arbor Assays being sold to a larger development company.

At Arbor Assays, philosophy matters. We are totally committed to customer service and we will make every effort to satisfy your scientific needs.

Our commitment is to our customers, our community, our environment, and ourselves. We work for you! Your input and questions are valued, if you have any comments, or concerns, we invite you to contact us—you can expect to receive a timely answer from a real person.

Service, in short, is not what you do, but who you are. It is a way of living that you need to bring to everything you do, if you are to bring it to your customer interactions.

Betsy Sanders, Author

Meet the Team


Our Board and Founders

To have a well-rounded group of people providing insight to our leadership is beneficial for everyone at Arbor Assays. About our board:

Joanna LaBresh, Board Secretary

Joanna is the CEO and founder of Kingfisher Biotech, which is located in Saint Paul, MN. She has worked in the Biotech sector for over 30 years and self-funded the start of Kingfisher Biotech. Joanna especially enjoys working in the areas of marketing and product development. When she is not at work, you will find her on her kayak enjoying sunrises and sunsets. She joined the Arbor Assays Board in early 2022 because she has a strong desire to help and derives a lot of enjoyment assisting companies grow and prosper.

Rod Byrne, Board Treasurer

Rod is a retired principal working part-time with Rehmann’s accounting, consulting and tax departments and is located in Ann Arbor. He has over 40 years of business experience and helps companies critically evaluate Management and Finance functions. He is a member of SPARK’s Finance Committee since 2019 and is the Treasurer of the Great Lakes Division for the Boy Scouts of America. He joined the Arbor Assays Board in early 2022 to help oversee the organic growth of the company to sustain itself into perpetuity.

Russ Hart, Chairman of the Board and retired Founder

Born in England and growing up in London, Russ was a teenager during the mad, mad ’60s. He received his degree in chemistry from University College, Cardiff in Wales; his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Sussex; and conducted post docs at the University of Georgia and University of Sussex before his first gig at Abbott Labs. He’s started 4 companies and is a self-described nerd who loves exquisite design: products have to be packaged right and marketed with panache!

Barb Scheuer, Board Director and retired Founder

Barb has 30+ years’ experience in the research, development, manufacturing, quality, and regulatory areas of immunoassays and other detection kits. She’s co-partnered in the start-up growth of two separate life science companies, and has also been involved with the management side, including HR and finance. As the saying goes: “Jack of all trades, master of none!”

Nancy Schmidt, retired Founder

As a Laboratory Technician at the Medical College of Ohio, Nancy practiced “hamburger chemistry”, supplying bulk purified proteins to biochemistry and pharmacology research labs. The University of Toledo provided her research technician positions from developmental parasitology to maize genetics. ‘The perfect job’ was found first at Assay Designs and then when founding Arbor Assays. The challenge and frustration of developing assays and honing her bench and technical support skills were exceptionally rewarding. Since stepping out of the lab, she continues to contribute – as an ethical foundation of the company that has allowed her to give back as Adjunct Instructor at Estrella Mountain Community College, where she teaches Microbiology and Biology for Majors. She has been fortunate to work with people with the skills, foresight, and consideration to take companies into the competitive biotech arena and the kindness to allow her to come along for the ride.  

Community Support

At Arbor Assays we believe we should be proactive in providing community support and giving back. We do this through a variety of charitable efforts that are meaningful to our employees and our mission.

Research the Cure™

We make a charitable donation based upon every kit product purchased. Each year, the proceeds are donated directly to a charity supporting medical research.

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You Publish, We Donate

In addition to our charitable contributions for each kit sold, If you publish a paper citing the use of one of our kits, we will donate $25 to one of the charities listed in your honor.

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Annual Multiple Sclerosis Walk

Before our company even existed, we had been walking together for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) because they fund more MS research than any other private organization.

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