About Us

Activated Research Company (ARC) is making chemical analysis easy by improving reliability and predictability of analytical detector response. ARC products revolutionize the laboratory experience by improving detector sensitivity and eliminating the hassle and headaches associated with calibration and system maintenance. Our flagship product, the Polyarc®, is the world’s first and only Universal Carbon detector for gas chromatography (GC) built on our proprietary catalytic technology. The Universal Carbon Response Advantage gives laboratories unparalleled productivity and savings of time and money. Our products are serving customers in a variety of industries including: Manufacturing, Paints and Coatings, Flavor and Fragrance, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, Environmental, Academics, Forensics, and many others.




2017 IChemE Award Finalist 2017 IChemE Award Finalist 2017 Minnesota Business Innovator in Health and Wellness Finalist 2017 NSF SBIR Award 2017 Cleantech Open Midwest Semifinalist
2017 Cleantech Open Midwest Semifinalist 2016 R&D 100 Winner MN Cup 2016 Division Winner The Analytical Scientist's Innovation Awards 2015 GCC Best New Product Award

Andrew Jones
CEO & Co-Founder

Andrew sets the strategic direction of ARC through product innovation and team leadership. He holds B.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Brad Cleveland
Co-Founder

As Co-Founder, Brad served as a mentor and led business strategy for ARC. An experienced business leader, he was the former CEO of Proto Labs and held degrees in Computer Science, Physics and Mathematics.