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Key Features

Firefly DXFireflyDX-HandheldTM At-a-Glance

  • The FireflyDX-HandheldTM is essentially a handheld laboratory designed to provide integrated sample purification, biological analysis, and wireless communication of results, with no additional steps or equipment required.
  • Uses real-time TaqMan® Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at industry-standard reaction volumes.
  • Incorporates single-use, disposable cartridges with pre-programed RFID chips (no end-user programing or setup required).
  • Operates with any commercial assay, including those used by Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The FireflyDX-Handheld is an agnostic, cartridge-based system that can test for any bio-threat, with no need to bring new assays to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for clearance, or any other regulatory body. 
  • Reagents and waste are all contained within a FireflyDX cartridge for containment and archival purposes.
  • Data is processed in realtime and communicated wirelessly from the FireflyDX-Handheld.
  • The FireflyDX-Handheld is designed for resource-limited areas and operation by minimally trained personnel.




Cartridge Features:

Firefly DX Cartridge

  • Single-use, disposable cartridge currently running full sample preparation on breadboard prototype
  • Integration of ultrasonic sample lysis, nucleic acid purification, and PCR amplification with realtime detection
  • Sample purification and PCR amplification demonstrated across multiple organisms:
    • Zika Virus
    • Ebola
    • BWA agents (Ba, Yp, Ft)
    • Influenza A and B
    • Clinical and Environmental samples (E. coli)
    • Clinical (HPV)
    • Antibiotic resistant bacteria (MRSA, MSSA, C. diff)
  • Sample types processed: whole blood, nasal swabs, buccal swabs, simulated urine, environmental at standard volumes