BioHawk® LF

Automated Biodetection and Bioidentification

BioHawk LF Detector/Collector/Bioidentifier

The BioHawk LF® is an automated, integrated instrument for detecting, collecting and identifying airborne pathogens. BioHawk LF employs multiple world-class technologies: biofluorescent detection, cyclone-type wet collection, machine vision, and multi-analyte lateral flow immunoassay (LFIA) identification.

Fully automated Upon detection of a suspicious aerosol, the bioidentifier executes automatically. Test results are provided through an onboard display and serial digital data link.

Reduced use of consumables Assays are performed only when a bioaerosol has been detected, saving time and cost.

Rapid results No lag between detection and testing. Results are complete in about 20 minutes from initial threat detection.

Accurate test analysis Sophisticated machine vision technology ensures maximum accuracy, delivered rapidly.

From Detection to Identification

  • Features
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  • Specifications


Product Features

  • A sophisticated aerosol biodetector/sampler/wet bioidentifier
  • Suitable for toxins, bacteria, spores, fungi, multi-cellular pathogens
  • Performs up to 8 simultaneous bioassays on collected samples
  • 325 liter/minute air sampling rate
  • Hours-long air sampling times
  • Uses widely available lateral flow immunoassay tickets
  • Room temperature storage of consumables
  • Machine vision-based assay protocol
  • Incorporates multiple novel patented technologies
  • Fast assays: 5 – 15 minutes typ.
  • Auto-flush protocol for decontamination and cleaning
  • Flash memory retains data for over 6,000 assays



  • Mail rooms
  • Agriculture
  • Military
  • Public health
  • Medical facilities
  • Homeland security
  • Environmental
  • Air quality



Characteristic Description
Exterior air sampling rate 300 liters/min. Weather-proof inlet and outlet penetrations.
Aerosol biodetector-trigger for sampling process UV bio-fluorescence detector. Average time-to-alarm is 30 seconds. Will detect 20 ACPLA bioaerosol levels with 90% or better probability at a background alarm rate of 1 per month.
Air sampling rate for biological aerosol detector 1.4 liters/min
Biological sample preparation after trigger signal Liquid sample: wetted-wall cyclone
Confirmatory assay sample preparation after trigger signal An 8ml sample is automatically provided in a polyethylene vial.
Bioassay method Automated lateral flow immunoassay. Minimum and maximum times-to-detect are 5 and 15 minutes, respectively. Overall time 20 minutes or less.
Number of simultaneously identifiable biological agents Up to 8 agents on a single test cassette.
Bioassay procedures performed before system requires service One
Bioassay consumables life 18 months, typical, when stored unopened between 5°C and 40°C. Single-use product.
Consumables 1) Bulk deionized water; 2) buffer; and 3) wash fluid. Buffer and wash fluid are provided as single use bottles.
Process control details Industrial PC-based control/protocol software. Touch screen control. Fully automated and integrated sampling, sample preparation, bioassay and cleaning protocols. Immediate operator alert upon any detected fault.
Output upon positive result Immediate light and sound alarms, signal provided for remote alarm.
Ethernet connectivity Standard RJ-45 connection to onboard computer.
Operating temperature range 5° to 40° C
Environmental standards, shock and vibration Appropriate sections of MIL-STD-810
Power 37 W at 28 VDC
Physical footprint (cm) 47.0 W x 24.8 D x 36.5 H (cm)
Weight Dry weight: 13 kg
Exterior noise level 70 dBa

CBRN International reserves the right to change specifications without prior notice.