RayBiotech was founded in 2001 on the concept of the antibody array. The idea for making antibody arrays was born in the mind of Dr. Ruo-Pan Huang when he was a Professor at Emory University in the department of Gynecology. In late 2000, Dr. Huang was attending a conference where data based on a DNA arrays was being presented and was struck by the power of multiplex analysis. In Dr. Huang’s own lab, his graduate students and post docs were performing biochemical analysis experiments, such as Western blots and ELISAs, on individual targets, a cumbersome, time-consuming and expensive endeavor. He wondered if there was a way to bring multiplexing to his own lab to accelerate their research. With that in mind Dr. Huang began his efforts to develop arrays of antibodies to detect changes in biochemical targets in a streamlined and high-throughput format. Soon Dr. Huang’s laboratory was using both antibody and protein array technology on a regular basis. The first publication from Dr. Huang’s team implementing these biochemically-based arrays occurred in 2001.
Huang, Ruo-Pan, et al. "Simultaneous detection of multiple cytokines from conditioned media and patient's sera by an antibody-based protein array system." Analytical biochemistry 294.1 (2001): 55-62.
The first publication citing antibody arrays resulted in a tremendous number of inquiries for access to antibody and protein arrays, thus revealing intense market demand. Filled with an entrepreneurial spirit, Dr. Huang envisioned the opportunity to provide protein arrays to the research community at large and thus RayBiotech was born. Working from his basement, with his close family helping, RayBiotech began to grow and RayBiotech introduced the first commercially available cytokine antibody array by the end of the year.
Since that time RayBiotech’s product lines have expanded to include hundreds of arrays and immunoassays for efficient analysis of proteins involved in inflammation, angiogenesis, apoptosis, cell growth, and signal transduction. In addition, ancillary to antibody arrays RayBiotech now has the world’s largest selection of fully validated ELISA kits. RayBiotech has also added comprehensive service programs including Array Testing Services, Biomarker Discovery, Peptoid Discovery, and Custom Assay Development. RayBiotech now provides these products and services worldwide through a world class network of distributors.
Since its founding in 2001RayBiotech has grown from its humble origins to a 35,000 sq ft facility in Peachtree Corners Georgia that employs more than 50 people in high end biotechnology jobs. With the addition of GMP, GLP and ISO 13485 certifications and ever growing product lines, the future for RayBiotech continues to be bright.