Smiths Detection’s BioFlash deployed in real-world environments

Smiths Detection, the global threat detection and security technology company, announces that its BioFlash Biological Identifier has been successfully deployed in real-world environments to detect airborne COVID-19 in almost real-time.

BioFlash works by collecting and analysing air samples using sensitive, selective and rapid detection technology to identify the presence of dangerous pathogens onsite without the need to involve a laboratory.

  • In February, Smiths Detection announced test results from a study with the US Army, which verified that BioFlash could identify SARS-CoV-2 in a laboratory setting.
  • Today, the Company is confirming that the BioFlash has been used by the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) to identify airborne SARS-CoV-2 inside their campus and prevent the spread of the virus.
  • The University of Oregon has also successfully tested the device in quarantine and isolation spaces for students who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, further verifying the capabilities of the BioFlash in a real-world setting.

This technology can be used to inform COVID-19 mitigation strategies and provide confidence for commercial premises to reopen and stay open, especially buildings such as medical centers and schools where there is a high risk of COVID-19 exposure.

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