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The FilmArray is able to identify, in a closed system, dozens of the most lethal viruses and bacteria, including emerging infectious diseases. The easy-to-use, syringe-loaded system represents the next generation in automated detection systems
The RAZOR EX system detects and identifies biological agents using cutting edge technology. Made for field use, the RAZOR EX is compact, lightweight, and easy to use. It is a field PCR unit that is fast, with ultra-reliable DNA based results. Created for first responders and front line military troops, it is easily operated while working in protective equipment under extreme conditions.
This demo shows the Unified Fire Authority, Hazmat 6 of Salt Lake City, Utah using the RAZOR EX to test for a suspicious white powder.
Use of a commercially available polymerase chain reaction (PCR) system for screening a powder sample is demonstrated. Note: This is only a demonstration and required personal protective equipment (PPE) is not being worn. Actual required PPE will depend on the specific situation.
Lab-in-a-Box for Diagnosing Diseases in the Field Biosurveillance in the field can be difficult, if not impossible, in some cases. Without a fully-stocked laboratory for testing, fragile chemicals may not be stored properly and the risk of equipment damage is imminent. Yet, the detection of pathogens like anthrax and Ebola is required to contain outbreaks and provide much-needed treatment. Biofire aims to simplify disease diagnostics with its automated Film Array System — a lab-in-a-box, roughly the size of a toaster. After mere minutes of sample setup, the system analyzes, identifies, and reports multiple pathogens at once in only one hour, including the Ebola virus, Marburg virus, and anthrax. Test packets contain reagents in room-temperature-stable, freeze-dried form. The user-friendly FilmArray was recently deployed by the U.S. military in Africa as an Ebola screening tool, has been adopted by 300 hospitals, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, state and local law enforcement, and medical technicians. The FilmArray System is an example of the impact of the U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer Program, which funds research and development by small businesses / cooperative R&D projects with small businesses and non-profit U.S. research institutions. The Air Force SBIR/STTR program focuses on projects and services with the potential to develop into a product for military or commercial sectors. From 2000-2013, the Air Force invested nearly $4 billion in these R&D projects. BioFire received funding during this period to develop the FilmArray technology. This is Biofire’s story.
Dr. Carl Wittwer, Co-Founder of BioFire was honored with the 2015 Utah Genius Lifetime Achievement Honoree. This award recognizes the creative people and companies behind Utah’s economy.