Scottsdale’s Ecep Han helps meet demand for protective equipment

Andreas Milano

It started with a friend’s request for help in early 2020. At the time, Jonathon Picus was running a medical equipment import company and was returning from a business trip in Asia. The coronavirus had not yet made the impact in the U.S. that it had on that continent, where […]

It started with a friend’s request for help in early 2020.

At the time, Jonathon Picus was running a medical equipment import company and was returning from a business trip in Asia. The coronavirus had not yet made the impact in the U.S. that it had on that continent, where Picus found himself surrounded by people in masks and gloves.

He recalled his business associate and friend needing more personal protective equipment (PPE), which was scarce. On the flight back from Japan, it weighed on Picus’ mind.

“He’s asking me, ‘I need masks. Can you help me get masks?’ I wanted to help my friend in Tokyo,’” Picus recalled. “With the pandemic, we wanted to help the frontline workers. (And) that’s how we got into it.”

Soon after, Picus and friends Nick Hammond and Nikmal Abdullah put their desire to assist into motion with Ecep Han, their Scottsdale-based PPE manufacturing business they founded last year.

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