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Firefly Dx Attributes and Capabilities




Real-time TaqMan® PCR

“Gold standard” detection and identification.  Ability to port existing (the customer’s) assays onto Firefly Dx cartridges instead of requiring proprietary assays

True handheld device, battery operated

Existing handheld devices are either too heavy and large to be truly hand-held, or use antibody-based testing with inferior sensitivity to PCR

Sample preparation performed on Firefly Dx cartridge

No handheld PCR device exists that also performs sample prep – only detection.  This greatly simplifies testing personnel qualifications and mobility

Cartridge contains all reagents and is disposable

Simplifies testing personnel qualifications, protocol performance, and eliminates chances of contamination

Sample to answer in 30 minutes

No existing handheld PCR device can perform automated sample prep and detection in less than 30 minutes

Standard sample volumes and standard PCR volumes

Existing handheld PCR devices use reduced sample and PCR volumes to speed up processing time and accommodate microfluidics, reducing ability to detect the target of test – Limit of Detection (LOD). Firefly Dx uses lab standard volumes allowing lab comparable results and LOD

Low price point for base unit and cartridges

No existing hand-held PCR devices can match the price point of Firefly Dx.  This will accelerate adoption and sales of base units and cartridges