The RAZOR EX system detects and identifies biological agents using cutting edge technology. Made for field use, the RAZOR EX is compact, lightweight, and easy to use. It is a field PCR unit that is fast, with ultra-reliable DNA based results. Created for first responders and front line military troops, it is easily operated while working in protective equipment under extreme conditions. The new battery powered unit includes Bluetooth capabilities, bar code reader, and a bright, easy to read color screen.

The RAZOR EX uses BioFire’s patented pouch system—integrated freeze-dried reagents and special packaging for incomparable ease of use. BioFire has a selection of pre-formatted pouch configurations for the most common bioterror threats as well as the ability to custom formulate the pouches for individual needs.

Benefits from a Complete Product Solution



Simultaneously tests up to 12 real time PCR samples Freeze-dried reagents; just add sample and water
Results in 30 minutes Validated for sensitivity and specificity on the RAZOR EX System



Obtain quick assistance through phone and online help desks Simple wizard-based user interface
Automated qualitative analysis and text delineated exportable data

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User Interface

RAZOR EX User Interface

Internal calibration and diagnostics ensure the instrument is functioning within tolerances before and during operation. Automatic analysis software runs “on-the-fly,” with raw data and software analysis presented simultaneously.

  • Designed for use in personal protective equipment.
  • Large intuitive push-buttons
  • Bright Color screen
  • Bar code reader for protocol and pouch information uploads



Desktop Software

RAZOR EX Software

The software is an additional tool to expand the stand-alone RAZOR EX capabilities to aid in post-mission support and reach-back.

Software features include:

  • After incident data analysis
  • Data archiving
  • Report function




RAZOR EX System and Computer Specifications

The RAZOR system can test for the following targets
Hazmat Anthrax, Brucella melitensis, Botulism A, Coxiella, E. coli 0157, Tularemia, Ricin, Salmonella, Smallpox, and Plague
Food Safety Campylobacter, L. monocytogenes, and Salmonella
Water Safety Cryptosporidium Target 1, E. coli 0157, and Salmonella


Instrument Specifications
Size (w x d x h) 10″ (25.4 cm) x 4.5″ (11.4 cm) x 7.5″ (19 cm)
Weight 11 lb / 4.9 kg
Instrument Power Supply Rechargeable battery pack included with instrument
External Power Supply 24 V DC, 4 A Output, 110–220 V AC
Performance Parameters Instrument set-up time ≤ 5 minutes
Sample run time ≤ 30 minutes (average)
Temperature Control Lower Heater: 56 °C to 64 °C / Upper Heater: 86 °C to 94 °C
Uniformity: 0.5 °C in single sample–Intersample / 1.0 °C across sample area–Intersample
Fluorescence Acquisition One-color optics modules
Excitation wavelength 470 ± 20 nm
Emission wavelength 530 ± 10 nm–TaqMan®
Emission wavelength 690 ± 60 nm–HybProbe™
Certifications CE, CSA


Software and Training
RAZOR EX Software Windows®  application, downloads data for real-time offline analysis, intuitive navigation and after action reports.
Training The system comes with a training DVD with all the necessary multimedia tools for sampling, pouch loading, machine operation, maintenance, and software.


Ordering Information
Catalog No.
RAZOR EX Instrument
(690 Filter Set HP, Commercial Reagents)
Includes Instrument, battery recharger, battery pack, software, users manuals, hard carrying case
RAZOR EX Instrument
(510 Filter Set TQ, Hydrolysis Probe Reagents)
Includes Instrument, battery recharger, battery pack, software, users manuals, hard carrying case

This RAZOR Instrument model is a defense article controlled for export under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), administered by the U.S. Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. The transfer of any hardware or technical data controlled by the ITAR to any unauthorized persons, requires prior written approval for from the U.S. Department of State.

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