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Quarry Bio switches from cancer treatment production to producing much needed hand sanitizer

Posted at 5:17 PM, Apr 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-03 17:17:33-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A Tallahassee biotech company is transitioning from making cancer treatments in Europe to hand sanitzers for people in the Capital City.

It's not as simple as just mixing a bunch of ingredients together. They also have to make sure they do all the precise measurements to be sure they can kill the coronavirus."

Quarry Bio scientists are busy pouring, weighing and double checking to make some much-needed sanitizer.

The group got the ingredients straight from the World Health Organization's website, so they know they're doing it right.

Equipped with resources and a lab, the company's founder, Eric Graban, says watching the demand for hand sanitizer rise compelled them to take action.

They're selling what they produce in bulk, to help businesses.

"Our primary goal is to get as much sanitizer out as possible," said Graban. "See if we can drown the COVID virus, if nothing else, in sanitizer. See if we can use that to bend the curve."

Graban said their sanitizer is 75 percent isopropyl alcohol and FDA approved, .

An eight fluid ounce bottle of branded hand sanitizer in a store costs about $3.

Quarry Bio said it costs them roughly $80 to make the gallon size, so that's what they're charging. They said they are willing to work with people if they can't afford that.