NGDS and JBAIDS Systems

BioFire Defense is proud to be working with the US DoD and other national agencies by supplying identification systems and test kits for the rapid  identification and diagnostic confirmation of biological warfare agents and other pathogens of operational concern for the four branches of the U.S. Military: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and U.S. Marine Corps.

In 2003, BioFire was awarded the JBAIDS (Joint Biological Agent Identification and Diagnostic System) contract and again in 2014, BioFire was awarded the NGDS (Next Generation Diagnostic System) contract by the US DoD.


NGDS System

The NGDS System is based upon our commercial off‑the-shelf FilmArray 2.0 system which provides a simple, portable PCR system to aid in the diagnosis of biowarfare agent related illnesses as well as in environmental samples. This contact also included the development of the Warrior Panel for biowarfare agent identification in clinical samples (e.g., blood, blood culture, and sputum) and the Sentinel Panel for biowarfare agent identification in environmental samples (e.g., air, soil, and water).

Today, the JBAIDS and NGDS programs are moving forward at great speeds outfitting the US Military with the standard in biological warfare detection systems. This program has allowed BioFire Defense to expand their military and commercial products and services as well as allowed them to build strong relationships throughout the defense community.



The JBAIDS instrument evolved from the R.A.P.I.D.® System for this contract as a reusable, portable, and modifiable system capable of simultaneous, reliable identification of multiple biological warfare agents and pathogens of operational concern and clinical significance.

This instrument is configured to support reliable, quick, and specific identification of biological agents from various clinical specimens and environmental samples. It also enhances force protection by providing medical personnel and commanders an expedient means to reliably and quickly identify naturally occurring or intentional biological threats. BioFire’s R.A.P.I.D. System (the predecessor to the JBAIDS System) outperformed eight other competitors for the contract.

More Information

If you are a US government agency and interested in our JBAIDS and NGDS Systems, please contact our Sales Team or by phone at 1-801-262-3592.

If you are not a US government agency and interested in obtaining more information about our biological identification systems, please contact our Sales Team or by phone at 1-801-262-3592.

The JBAIDS and NGDS Systems are defense articles controlled for export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. The transfer of any hardware or technical data controlled by the ITAR to any unauthorized persons, requires prior written approval for from the U.S. Department of State.