Helping detect COVID-19

Helping detect COVID-19

BioFlash Biological Identifer detects airborne SARS-CoV-2

The BioFlash® Biological Identifier is a bio-aerosol collection and identification system. The BioFlash® Biological Identifier is powered by CANARY® technology (a cell-based biosensor) and is combined with proprietary aerosol-collection techniques to provide rapid, sensitive and specific identification of biological-threat agents including viruses, toxins and bacteria.

BioFlash® Biological Identifier is capable of detecting airborne COVID-19 following tests conducted by the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) using live SARS-CoV-2 virus in a Biosafety Level 3 containment area. The SARS-CoV-2 CANARY biosensor used in the BioFlash device demonstrated that it can quickly detect and identify the presence of low levels of aerosolized COVID-19.

How does our CANARY® technology detect COVID-19 in the air?

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USAMRIID verification & results

The table below shows the accuracy of detection and identification by BioFlash of COVID-19 in the air at different concentrations in testing performed by USAMRIID. In six out of six aerosol tests, the BioFlash detected down to an estimated 6000 infectious particles of COVID-19. This compares to 1,000,000 environmental particles released from a human sneeze; 100,000 per cough; up to 10,000 emitted during one minute of talking; and 1,000 per minute of breathing.


USAMRIID Evaluation of BioFlash to Detect Aerosol SARS CoV-2

Target PFU* Number of Aerosol
Number of Positive
% Positive
2,000 6 0 0
4,000 6 3 50
6,000 6 6 100
8,000 6 6 100
10,000 6 6 100
20,000 6 6 100
40,000 4 4 100
60,000 4 4 100
100,000 2 2 100
1,000,000 2 2 100
*PFU: Plaque Forming Unit, a method to quantify infectious virus



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