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BioFire Defense

Military BioThreat Detection & BioSurveillance Systems

At BioFire Defense we deliver a fully integrated suite of biological agent identification products, including the FilmArray, and RAZOR EX Systems to the biodefense and first responder community. Our products and services speed up medical results, help people stay healthy and make communities more secure. Simply put, we make the world a safer and healthier place.

Our passion began to burn in 1990, in the corner of an Idaho potato equipment facility. We started out as Idaho Technology, Inc., developing products with a firm commitment to eliminate disease through smart thinking and product innovation. That spark quickly became an inferno as we introduced a number of “firsts” to the molecular diagnostics and biosurveillance industries. In 2012, we changed our name to BioFire Diagnostics, Inc. to reflect more accurately our outward passion and commitment.

On January 6, 2014 BioFire Diagnostics merged with bioMerieux. To better serve our markets and customers, and meet government regulations on security and business ownership, BioFire Diagnostics split into two companies: BioFire Diagnostics and BioFire Defense. BioFire Diagnostics is now the Center of Excellence for Molecular Diagnostics and responsible for manufacturing, marketing and sales of the FilmArray system. BioFire Defense is the center for new production innovation and will continue to deliver our fully integrated suite of biological agent identification products (including the FilmArray system) and life science systems.

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BioSurveillance Systems

BioFire Defense leads in the development of reliable and sensitive BioDefense instruments and tests.

Known for its history of releasing innovative instruments, BioFire Defense produced the first ruggedized PCR-based instrument in 1999, making possible lab quality results in the field.

Since then, BioFire Defense has successfully fielded numerous systems for the United States Department of Defense including the Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System (JBAIDS) which is the biothreat identification and diagnostics standard for the US military.

They have also developed the field hardened RAZOR EX, and the new FilmArray along with a suite of complimentary assays and sample preparation reagents.


BioThreat Detection & BioSurveillance Systems

BioSurveillance Instruments

Field - RAZOR™ EX BioDetection System - (Pictured)
  • New graphical interface displays
  • real-time fluorescent tracings
  • Bar code scanning to upload protocols directly from reagent pouches
  • Reverse transcription capability for RNA viruses
  • Wireless connectivity
  • USB communications
  • 7 runs on a battery charge
  • New desktop software

Lab - FilmArray® BioSurveillance System
  • Multi-Use: Used for BioThreat Detection and Pandemic BioSurveillance.
  • Fully Automated: Sample prep, amplification, identification, and reporting.
  • Easy-to-Use: Automated protocol requires limited hands-on time and training.
  • More BioThreat Targets: Test 17 pathogens in one run.

Moble Lab - R.A.P.I.D.® System
  • Tests up to 32 samples in less than 30 minutes
  • Meets MIL-STD-810E Transport Standard
  • Simple wizard-based user interface
  • Under 50 lbs/22.7 Kg
  • Tests proven to be accurate by the U.S. DoD
  • The standard for the U.S. Department of Defense
  • Developed as a light-weight portable and yet durable system
  • Identifies multiple biological warfare agents and pathogens
  • FDA 510(k) cleared
  • 14 sample types
  • 16 agent tests
  • Validated, fielded, proven

Military BioThreat Detection & BioSurveillance Systems

BioSurveillance Reagents

R.A.P.I.D. Reagent Kits
  • Reagents are freeze-dried for ease-of-use and storage
  • All necessary components in one tube
  • Storage at room temperature
  • Minimizes errors caused by improper storage and handling
  • Reduced set-up time
  • Uniform results

RAZOR Reagent Kits
  • No pipetting or centrifugation required
  • Freeze-dried reagents for easy use and storage
  • All components in one pouch: primers, probes, enzymes, and buffers
  • Durable plastic pouch prevents cross contamination
  • Storage at room temperature

Sample Purification Kits - (Pictured)
  • Enable DNA/RNA extraction from pathogens in food, water, blood and more
  • Each kit contains all of the necessary ingredients for DNA/RNA purification
  • All kits contain easy to follow protocols requiring minimal training
  • Reduce the risk of operator error
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Services and Support

Ready Response™ Kit - (Pictured)
  • Complements Idaho Technology’s R.A.P.I.D. System
  • Ideal for the start-up R.A.P.I.D. user
  • Compartmentalized and durable carrying case by LowePro
  • Comfortable pack designed for long excursions
  • Includes all necessary equipment to prepare samples

Training Classes
  • Gain familiarity with basic software,
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance
  • Learn advanced operating features
  • Understand advanced options
  • Master basic sample preparation
  • Techniques
  • Improve operator efficiency
  • Maintain operational readiness
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BioFire Defense - Corporate Offices
79 W 4500 S
Suite 14
Salt Lake City
Tel: 801-262-3592
Fax: 801-447-6907
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Press Releases

18/01/2016 Military BioThreat Detection & BioSurveillance Systems BioFire Defense at ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting More
05/11/2015 Military BioThreat Detection and BioSurveillance Systems BioFire Defense, a bioMerieux Company, Receives Prestigious Frost & Sullivan's Global New Product Innovation Award for its FilmArray Ebola Test More