Full consulting services for all aspects of an assay, conjugation, or antibody development project.

Involving everything from application of our immunogen design knowledge to helping generate highly specific antibodies to scale-up manufacturing of projects.

We will not attempt any projects outside our experience and knowledge – instead offering suggestions on alternatives if we are not the best choice for a project, typically free of charge.

Our services are flexible. In addition to consulting on a project, we have the capacity to develop, validate and manufacture entire assays if that is what you need. We are not currently a GMP/GLP facility but the foundation of our processes is very GMP/GLP-like.

Assay Consulting Services

Custom Assay Development

Because we design, develop and manufacture all of our own assay products, let us put our extensive experience to work for your specialized needs. In consultation with you, we will decide upon a strategy to give you the most robust assay to measure the analyte of interest using an appropriate detection mechanism: colorimetric, fluorescent, chemiluminescent, or bioluminescent.

Experienced with almost every detection and solid phase technology available, including enzyme and chemically generated colorimetric, fluorescent, chemiluminescent and bioluminescent detection.

Design of project-specific antibodies, high quality custom conjugations, or the whole assay, up to and including manufacturing of any or all of these parts! Our validation methods are stringent and complete, and we are highly skilled in producing robust, stable assays.

Development Services

Activity Assay Development

where the molecule present is detected by a readout based upon chemical or enzymatic activity.

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Immunoassay Development

where the amount of a small molecule (< 4,000 MWT) is detected by using a molecule-specific antibody to bind either the molecule in the sample or the molecule labeled with enzyme onto a solid phase.

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ELISA Assay Development

True ELISAs (though the term ELISA is now used more universally for all immunoassays), where an antigen is immobilized on the solid phase and antibody in the sample specific to that antigen binds and is then detected using a secondary antibody labeled with enzyme.

Arbor Assays will not develop ELISAs to infectious antigens.

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Sandwich Immunoassay Development

where the amount of a large molecule is detected by using two antibodies to the molecule; one to trap the molecule on the plate, the other as a method to read how much is in the sample.

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Some of our contract customers include:

How the Process Works

Step 1: Non-disclosure Agreement
To engage our services, we will sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA), preferably a two-way.

Step 2: Discovery
With NDA in place, tell us everything you know about the molecule and what you want to get from the product we’re building. We need a well-defined idea of what you’d like made to allow us to complete the contractual work rapidly.

Step 3: Timing, Costs, and Logistics
Projects are carried out on a time and materials basis at a reasonable cost set after our discussion.

Step 4: Fulfillment
You only pay for actual Arbor Assays scientist time, plus any special raw materials such as custom antibodies, enzymes, or outside synthetic work. You do not pay for time in connection to antibody-generation or synthesis of peptides or organic conjugates.