• FilmArray multiplex PCR system

FilmArray® Multiplex PCR System

Multiplex PCR system for fast, easy and comprehensive testing

The FilmArray® system is an FDA, CE-IVD, TGA and Health Canada certified multiplex PCR system that integrates sample preparation, amplification, detection and analysis.

  • Simple: 2 minutes of hands-on time
  • Easy: No precise measuring or pipetting required
  • Fast: Turnaround time of about an hour
  • Comprehensive: Tests for a variety of pathogens that cause respiratory, bloodstream, and gastrointestinal infections, as well antimicrobial resistance genes

Comprehensive panels for key healthcare challenges

The FilmArray® system  is an FDA, CE-IVD, TGA and Health Canada certified multiplex PCR system that integrates sample preparation, amplification, detection and analysis. This simple system requires just 2 minutes of hands-on time, with a total run time of about an hour – you get fast results to assist in better patient care.

The FilmArray system enables simultaneous testing for bacteria, viruses, yeast, parasites and/or antimicrobial resistant genes. It is designed to be used with comprehensive panels that each offer testing for sets of pathogens associated with some of today’s most pressing healthcare challenges.

  • FilmArray Respiratory Panel: tests for a comprehensive panel of 20 respiratory viruses and bacteria.
  • FilmArray Blood Culture Identification Panel:  tests for a comprehensive list of 24 pathogens and 3 antibiotic resistance genes associated with bloodstream infections. With just one test you can identify pathogens in 9 out of 10 positive blood cultures.
  • FilmArray Gastrointestinal Panel:  tests for 22 common gastrointestinal pathogens including viruses, bacteria and protozoa that cause infectious diarrhea. 
  • FilmArray Meningitis Encephalitis Panel: tests for 14 most relevant bacteria, viruses and parasite directly in Cerebral Spinal Fluid.

Fast, accurate molecular diagnostics testing for syndromic diagnosis

FilmArray performs the extraction, amplification and detection in a closed system, minimizing contamination. It is a syndromic testing system for a variety of pathogens associated with key healthcare concerns. The rapid results offer the information needed to help primary care providers and emergency room physicians to better triage patients and make timely, confident medical decisions

  • Simple: 2 minutes of hands-on time
  • Easy: No precise measuring or pipetting required
  • Fast: Turnaround time of about an hour
  • Comprehensive: Tests for a variety of pathogens that cause respiratory, bloodstream, gastrointestinal infections and meningitis-encephalitis as well antimicrobial resistance genes. 

Easy, intuitive operation

The FilmArray multiplex PCR system makes it easy to provide fast, comprehensive and accurate diagnostic results.

  1. Insert the FilmArray pouch into the loading station, and inject the hydration solution along with a sample
  2. The vacuum in the pouch ensures that the correct volume of hydration solution and sample is drawn into the pouch, so you don’t have to worry about pipetting
  3. Insert the pouch into the FilmArray system and start your run
  4. Run time is approximately 1 hour
  5. Obtain results in easy-to-read reports

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The FilmArray self-contained pouch

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The FilmArray Pouch stores all the necessary reagents for cell lysis, DNA/RNA extraction and purification, amplification, and detection in one closed pouch.

  • FilmArray extracts and purifies all nucleic acids from the unprocessed sample and performs a nested multiplex PCR
  • During PCR I, the system performs a single, large volume, multiplexed reaction
  • Individual, singleplex PCR II reactions detect the products from the first-stage PCR.

The FilmArray software

The FilmArray software walks you through the entire process, from sample to result. When the run is complete, the software analyzes and reports results in a simple, easy-to-read format.

FilmArray Multiplex PCR System Specifications

System Specifications
  • Freeze-dried in durable plastic pouches
  • Room temperature storage
Instrument Specifications
  • Weight: 9 kg (20 lbs)
  • Size: 25.4 x 39.3 x 16.5 cm (10 x 15.5 x 6.5 in.)
Performance Parameters
  • Hands on time: Approx. 2 minutes
  • Run turn-around time : Approx. 1 hours
Environmental Specifications
  • Operating: 15°C to 30°C at 20 to 80% humidity
  • Storage: -30°C to 65°C
Desktop Software (Pre-loaded on supplied laptop)
  • Windows-based instrument control and data analysis software
  • Barcode reader for data input
  • Automated qualitative and reporting
  • Separate advanced analysis software


For product availability, please contact your local bioMérieux representative. 

Operator's Manual:

FilmArray 2.0. Operator’s Manual


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