About Arbor Apothecary
Arbor Apothecary is a manufacturer of personal protective equipment, created by the team at Adaptive Energy, a fuel cell battery manufacturer in Ann Arbor. We created Arbor in response to desperate pleas from medical professionals across the country for PPE. Adaptive Energy has plenty of manufacturing space and equipment (laser cutter, CNC milling machine, welders, ovens, etc.) plus the best mechanical and chemical engineers in Michigan; it was an easy decision to pivot our business to helping with the Covid-19 crisis.
Hand Sanitizing Liquid was the first product we made. We spent a week sourcing raw materials from Michigan-based suppliers, and we converted the Adaptive Energy plant into Arbor’s first manufacturing operation.
We made 11,000 bottles in a few days and donated most of those to people in need in Michigan, including to Detroit Public Schools for use at free lunch pickup points. The rest we sold, at cost. We did not make money because we offered the hand sanitizing liquid at pre-pandemic prices — and we didn’t bat an eye because it was the right thing to do.
Now we’re producing reusable acrylic intubation boxes, using designs by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai, an anesthesiologist in Taiwan. Other manufacturers are selling these for upwards of $200. Thanks to our local suppliers who are fulfilling our orders within days despite the very short notice, we can make and sell intubation boxes at very low prices — around $100. These ship starting April 1, 2020.
We’re also producing medical face shields, using the open-source design from the University of Wisconsin Makerspace project. More on that from this Wired story. Thanks again to our wonderful suppliers, we can offer these at very low prices — under $3.
We're donating products locally in Michigan where the need is greatest. Please help us connect with the people and institutions you care about who need Arbor’s PPE. Send them our website today. We’ll do everything we can to fulfill all orders.